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Frank D. Gilroy
The Japanese ambassador is traveling through the Wild West by train, when gangsters hold up the train, to rob a gold shipment. They also carry an ancient Japanese sword the ambassador was carrying as a present for the US president. The ambassador's bodyguard (Toshiro Mifune) will go after them, with the aid of one of the gang's leaders betrayed by his pals... Written by
The Japanese Ambassador refers to the emperor as the "Mikado". This term originated with the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta of the same name and became widely used in the West in reference to Japanese culture. No such term existed in Japan until after the operetta became internationally famous in the 1880s; well after the time-line presented in Red Sun. See more »
This story takes place around 1870. During the train robbery, several calvary soldiers are shown with foreign type bolt action rifles. The US calvary troops were not issued bolt action rifles during this period, but were equipped with either lever-action Spencer carbines or single-shot Sharps carbines, with single-shot "trap-door" Springield carbines being introduced in 1873. See more »
Bronson and Mifune in the same western...do I have to say more?
Whenever I'm visiting a video store and looking for something interesting to rent I have this really bad habit that's sometimes almost intolerable: it takes me at least one hour or so to choose a movie. However last time was an exception. I walked into the local video store and "Red sun" was the very first DVD that I saw in the shelf and the same second it caught my eye I knew I just got to see it.
I like Asian movies and I especially love westerns so the whole film seemed like it was simply too good to be true. Good old Charles Bronson and Toshiro Mifune, number one star of Akira Kurosawa movies, both in the same western...all I could think of was "damn, does this movie really exist?" I had never even heard about "Red sun" and I said to myself that what I've found is a true forgotten classic.
Alain Delon played the bad guy and the film was directed by Terence Young - man behind the first James Bond movies. Cast even included couple of familiar faces from "Dr.No", Ursula Andress and Anthony Dawson. Well, I loved the film. When Charles Bronson plays a traditional ragged and hard-boiled cowboy and Toshiro Mifune stylish Japanese samurai it's easy to say that both are in the roles they can handle pretty well.
When they are in the same movie, the result is irresistible. Of course "Red sun" isn't the same kind of a spectacular larger-than-life western masterpiece than for example Sergio Leone's "Once upon a time in the west" but it's a great film. It's packed with action, violence and humorous dialogue and it never ceases to entertain. Terrific movie, I strongly recommend every western freak should try to locate "Red sun".
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