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

 -  Action | Western  -  9 June 1972 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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)
Jo Nieto
Julio Peña ...
Peppie (as Jules Pena)
Mónica Randall ...
Maria (as Monica Randall)
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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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Red Sun  »

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SEK 908,049 (Sweden)
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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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One of the Seven Samurai (Toshirô Mifune) and one of The Magnificent Seven (Charles Bronson) are in the movie. See more »

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Equipment visible at 43:43 in lower left hand corner. 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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A movie which sounds great when you describe it, but is actually quite a let down when you watch it.
21 March 2004 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

Any film which features an unusual plot and a nude scene from Ursula Andress can't be all bad, but in most other departments Soleil Rouge (known in English-speaking countries as "Red Sun") is a disappointment. The director Terence Young may have made three successful Bond movies, but the rest of his career was littered with mediocre-or-worse films like The Christmas Tree, The Klansman, Inchon and The Jigsaw Man. This is another example of Young under-achieving as a film-maker.

In 1870, a locomtive makes its way through the Wild West. Aboard is a small band of Japanese travellers, heading for Washington with a valuable sword which they are to present to the President as a gift from the Emperor of Japan. An outlaw, Link (Charles Bronson) and his gang storm the train and steal various valuables, including the afore-mentioned blade. However, one of Link's accomplices, Gauche (Alain Delon) steals the loot for himself, almost killing Link in the process. A samurai warrior, Kuroda (Toshiro Mifune) sets out to retrieve the sword. Link joins him, hoping that he can catch up with his double crossing partner and exact his revenge...

The film is a real mongrel of a movie. Backed by French, Italian and Spanish financers; directed by a Brit; and starring American, Japanese and Swiss leading actors, it is hardly surprising that it seems to draw its inspiration from a muddled patchwork of influences. For a while, the unusual plot threatens to develop into something really interesting. The fusion of western conventions and samurai movie conventions is initially intriguing too. However, pretty quickly the whole thing slips into overly familiar cliches and it is barely helped by somewhat tedious pacing and supporting actors with such heavy accents that it is hard to tell what they are saying much of the time. Red Sun could have been - perhaps should have been - a good movie, but what it emerges as is, unfortunately, rather a waste of a good idea.


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