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The Bushido Blade (1981)

R | | Action, Drama, History | 1981 (USA)
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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Enjiro
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Sumo (as Kin Omai)
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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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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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5 August 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I feel absolutely terrible giving a Toshiro Mifune film 4/10, but I could not do otherwise and remain honest. Frankly, the only acting in this movie that didn't leave me cringing was from the three main Japanese actors, (Sonny Chiba, Toshiro Mifune and Mako) and James Earl Jones who only had a tiny part. Frank converse didn't do a terrible job, but it wasn't a very enthusiastic performance. The rest of the actors deserve little more than scorn. Commodore Perry (Richard Boone) left me absolutely cringing every time he opened his mouth.

Frankly there was little, if anything, in this movie to recommend watching it. The culture is portrayed in a caricature manner, if not outright incorrectly. The history is wrong. The acting is terrible. The action scenes are decent, but not worth much.

I wouldn't say avoid this movie at all costs, but don't go out of your way to see it either.


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