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Blood on the Sun (1945)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 1945 (UK)
A dedicated American reporter in 1930s Japan is determined to expose that government's plan for world domination.

Director:

Frank Lloyd

Writers:

Lester Cole (screenplay), Nathaniel Curtis (additional scenes) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Nick Condon
Sylvia Sidney ... Iris Hilliard
Porter Hall ... Arthur Bickett
John Emery ... Premier Giichi Tanaka
Robert Armstrong ... Col. Hideki Tojo
Wallace Ford ... Ollie Miller
Rosemary DeCamp ... Edith Miller
John Halloran John Halloran ... Capt. Oshima
Leonard Strong ... Hijikata
James Bell ... Charley Sprague
Marvin Miller ... Yamada
Rhys Williams ... Joseph Cassell
Frank Puglia ... Prince Tatsugi
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Storyline

Nick Condon is a newspaper reporter working in Tokyo who refuses to toe the Japanese line on the expansionist policies of the anti-democratic Imperialist government. When it becomes clear to the authorities that Condon isn't going to cooperate and that he has some valuable information and contacts, they decide to get him in their clutches for some interrogations and then dispose of him. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Taglines:

CAGNEY'S OUT FOR BLOOD! The shock-packed melodrama behind the plan to plunder the WORLD! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

1945 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Sangre sobre el sol See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's opening prologue states: "While the entire world watched the early success of the German "Mein Kampf", few were aware of the existence of an Oriental Hitler . . . Baron Giichi Tanaka.

His plan of world conquest depended on secrecy for success.

This story deals with its first exposure by an American newspaperman in Tokyo." See more »

Goofs

In the opening credits, the copyright is "MCMLXV." which is 1965. The film was produced in 1945, so the copyright should read "MCMXLV." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Arthur Bickett: But gentlemen, I know nothing about this article being printed. I was out of town.
Secret Police Major Kajioka: Then let me read what is printed here in your paper. "If Japan wants to control China we must first crush the United States just as in the past we have to fight in the Russo-Japanese war."
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Endearing Escapist Fare.
9 January 2007 | by Space_MafuneSee all my reviews

American newspaperman in Toyko Nick Condon (James Cagney) valiantly struggles against the dictatorial rule within 1940s Japan hoping to get back to the American public proof of a secret plan made by the Japanese government to attack the United States on a mission of world conquest. Action and intrigue follows as the Japanese secret police try to stop Condon from getting the truth out.

To put it simply, this is thoroughly enjoyable escapist fare. Sure it's hardly convincing in a number of areas (Sylvia Sidney as an Half-Chinese double agent, Cagney's ability to outwit and toy with the secret police, etc.) but that sure doesn't stop it from being endearing. Sidney and Cagney do have remarkable romantic chemistry whenever they appear on screen together. If you enjoyed romantic war-time escapist thrillers like ACROSS THE PACIFIC and CASABLANCA, you should enjoy this one too. Me, I loved it!


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