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Red Sun (1971)

Soleil rouge (original title)
PG | | Action, Western | 9 June 1972 (USA)
In 1870, a gang robs a train and steals a ceremonial Japanese sword meant as a gift from Japan to the U.S. President, prompting a man hunt to retrieve it.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Cristina
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Kuroda Jubie (as Toshiro Mifune)
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Gotch 'Gauche' Kink
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Pepita
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Paco (as Bart Barry)
Guido Lollobrigida ...
Mace (as Lee Burton)
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Hyatt (as Tony Dawson)
Gianni Medici ...
Miguel (as John Hamilton)
Georges Lycan ...
Sheriff Stone (as George W. Lycan)
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Chato (as Luke Merenda)
Tetsu Nakamura ...
Japanese Ambassador (as Satoshi Nakamura)
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Murdered Mexican farmer (as Jo Nieto)
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Peppie (as Jules Pena)
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Maria (as Monica Randall)
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Storyline

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 Artemis-9

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2 Desperados ... 1 Hellcat ... and a Samurai ... the greatest fighting force the West has ever known!

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Action | Western

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9 June 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Red Sun  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor and Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the Seven Samurai (Toshirô Mifune) and one of The Magnificent Seven (Charles Bronson) are in the movie. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Kuroda Jubie: Give me my clothes!
Link Stuart: I'll give you your clothes, but first I want your word of honor that you won't kill Gauche on sight.
Kuroda Jubie: My clothes!
Link Stuart: Your word.
Kuroda Jubie: [angrily speaks Japanese]
Link Stuart: Don't know what the hell that's all about, but it sounds like it's comin' from the heart. Well?
Kuroda Jubie: Give me five minutes with him.
Link Stuart: Not enough.
Kuroda Jubie: One hour. Give me one full hour.
Link Stuart: I need one full day. Kuroda, I need the time to make Gauche take me to the cash. I wanna be sure it's there.
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Referenced in Shanghai Noon (2000) See more »

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Fast action, one-dimensional characters in a Spaghetti Western with gunplay and blades
26 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

This Spaghetti Western with enjoyable casting (Bronson , Mifune , Delon and Andress) concerns about robbing a Japanese blade from a train crossing American West and the Japan Ambassador had for gift of emperor (the Japanese Ambassador refers to the emperor as the "Mikado") to US President . The thieves result to be Charles Bronson and Alain Delon . But Bronson (one of The Magnificent Seven) is double-crossed by Delon , then Toshiro Mifune (one of the Seven Samurai) along with Bronson team up as two unlikely heroes . This is a surprisingly low-key Bronson Western , this time accompanied by the Japanese star number one , Mifune . Bronson as another of his two-fisted gunfighters and joining forces with a Katana expert , a specialist on martial arts well played by Mifune to find a missing valuable blade and the stolen loot.

The picture contains an interesting plot ,action Western , shootouts and a little bit of campy and refreshing humor . It's an improbable blending of standard Western , tongue-in-cheek and chop-socky . A clever premise , gunslingers against samurais , and agreeable international cast make this oater well worth the watching . As the movie stars U.S. born Charles Bronson, Japanese actor Toshirô Mifune, French actor Alain Delon and Swiss actress Ursula Andress , it was filmed in Spain by the British director Terence Young . Pretty good Charles Bronson in his ordinary tough role , this film is one of Charles Bronson's 70s westerns ; his westerns made during the 1970s include Chino (1973), Red sun (1971), Chato the Apache (1972), From noon till three (1976), Nevada Express (1975) and The White Buffalo (1977) . Besides , there appears usual secondaries from Italian Western as Anthony Dawson , Guido Lollobrigida , Ricardo Palacios , Bernade Barta Barry and several others . Considerable and spectacular musical score by Maurice Jarre (Lawrence of Arabia) . The motion picture was regularly directed by Terence Young (Dr.No , From Russia , Thunderball.. among others) but turned to be entertaining . The picture takes part of a sub-genre in which during the period of the 70s combined Spaghetti Western and art martial with original influence from ¨David Carradine's Kung Fu ¨ series , for example : ¨Karate law in the west ¨(Tonino Ricci), ¨The Karate , the Colt and the impostor¨ (Anthony M Dawson) , ¨ My name is Shangai Joe¨ (Mario Caiano) and ¨ Return of Shangai Joe ( Bitto Albertini)¨, furthermore ¨ The white, the yellow and the black¨(Sergio Corbucci) that bears remarkable resemblance to ¨Red sun ¨ . It's an offbeat , muddle and uneven Western but will appeal to Bronson , Andress and Delon fans.


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