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The Bushido Blade (1981)

 -  Action | Drama | History  -  1981 (USA)
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A steel samurai blade that was to be given to the American ambassador by the Emperor of Japan is stolen. American sailors and Japanese samurai are sent to find it.

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Commodore Matthew Perry
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Shogun's Commander
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Bos'n Cave Johnson (as Michael Starr)
Timothy Patrick Murphy ...
Midshipman Robin Burr (as Timothy Murphy)
Frank Converse ...
Captain Lawrence Hawk
William Ross ...
Perry's Aide
Bin Amatsu ...
Baron Zen
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Prince Ido (as Sony Chiba)
Iwae Arai ...
Guide
Mayumi Asano ...
Yuki
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The Prisoner
Laura Gemser ...
Tomoe
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Enjiro
Kin Ômae ...
Sumo (as Kin Omai)
Tetsurô Tanba ...
Lord Yamato
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A steel samurai blade that was to be given to the American ambassador by the Emperor of Japan is stolen. American sailors and Japanese samurai are sent to find it.

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A ruthless struggle between two nations. See more »

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Also Known As:

The Bloody Bushido Blade  »

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Although this film was derided as an attempt to copy the hit TV mini-series _"Shogun" (1980/II)(TV)_, it was actually made in 1980, before "Shogun", though it wasn't released until after that series had aired. See more »

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Watchable...barely
7 June 2006 | by (Tokyo, Japan) – See all my reviews

Great cast. Too bad the rest of it couldn't match up.

Richard Boone plays a growling Cmmdr. Perry in his last role. And REALLY chews it up.

Frank (Coronet Blue) Converse (The real star) attempts to be an action hero. Not enough action though. And He's a little wooden.

Any Asian actor with a name dropped by for a cameo. Seeing the late, great Toshiro Mifune reprise most of his previous samurai roles was nice. And Sonny Chiba's warrior cliché is something I never get tired of. Then there's Mako as the cliché' wise man.

Laura (GODDESS) Gemser showing up made it worth the price of a rental. (To me anyway. She is GORGEOUS.) Seeing a young Mike Starr was kind of cool. He was obviously meant to be comedy relief.

James Earl Jones role should have been larger. Is this film still cut? An adventure story about finding a stolen sword could have and should have been a lot better.

And that minstrel show on the ship might anger a few people...even if it is based on facts of the times.

Not a waste...not unmissable either.


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