Red Sun (1971)
"Soleil rouge" (original title)

PG  |   |  Action, Western  |  9 June 1972 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kuroda Jubie (as Toshiro Mifune)
Gotch 'Gauche' Kink
Barta Barri ...
Paco (as Bart Barry)
Guido Lollobrigida ...
Mace (as Lee Burton)
Hyatt (as Tony Dawson)
Gianni Medici ...
Miguel (as John Hamilton)
Georges Lycan ...
Sheriff Stone (as George W. Lycan)
Chato (as Luke Merenda)
Tetsu Nakamura ...
Japanese Ambassador (as Satoshi Nakamura)
Jo Nieto
Julio Peña ...
Peppie (as Jules Pena)
Mónica Randall ...
Maria (as Monica Randall)


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!


Action | Western


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Release Date:

9 June 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Red Sun  »

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SEK 908,049 (Sweden)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


(Eastmancolor and Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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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Marvelous cultural juxtaposition of western salty hero and samurai knight archetypes
24 September 1999 | by (WDC area) – See all my reviews

Culture clash ending in mutual respect, with an understanding of BOTH cultures... good western action-adventure at the same time. Battle of wills and skills as Bronson butts heads with Mifune, who of course has all kinds of surprises Bronson's character has never seen. They are forced by circumstance to collaborate and travel together. Bronson the epitome of western tough and smart guy, in this case whose ethics are not always ivory soap; Mifune plays the epitome of determined, skilled, smart, ethical samurai knight type. Very funny watching them struggle with each other, surprise each other, and learn from each other... and deal with bordello, desert, etc. They have to retrieve the treasured sword and in the process chase down and fight a truly nasty slick cold fish. You'll end up liking Bronson and loving Mifune. Both actors did a wonderful classic job with this one!

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