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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 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
Barta Barri ...
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)
José Nieto ...
Murdered Mexican farmer (as Jo Nieto)
Julio Peña ...
Peppie (as Jules Pena)
Mónica Randall ...
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)  »

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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

John Huston considered this, Red River (1948) and Stagecoach (1939) to be among the three best westerns ever made. 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 Django: The One and Only (2003) See more »

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Bronson and Mifune in the same western...do I have to say more?
30 March 2003 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

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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