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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:

THE SHOCK-STUDDED STORY OF THE JAP PLAN TO PLUNDER THE WORLD! (original ad-all caps) See more »

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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

The movie is based on the history behind Japan's alleged Tanaka Plan, aka the Tanaka Memorial document (it was made public after his death in 1929). This allegedly was Prime Minister Baron Gi-ichi Tanaka's militarist strategic plan for world domination prepared for Emperor Hirohito. It was first printed in China by the Chinese communists and in the US by a communist periodical, leading some to think that it was a forgery. No Japanese version has ever been found. See more »

Goofs

During the fight Condon versus Oshima there are various and obvious mismatchs between audio and visual actions. 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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Good Cagney vehicle
28 November 2003 | by perfectbondSee all my reviews

Blood on the Sun is a fairly good World War II espionage thriller set in imperial Japan. There is a fair amount of intrigue and suspense and Cagney carries the picture on the strength of his patriotic conviction, charisma, and judo. His love interest is also written and performed well in the style of the film noir heroine. The villains though of the stock variety are nonetheless a welcome change from the gangsters usually seen in such pictures. Modern audience may perceive the film as being politically incorrect especially since key Japanese roles were played by American and British actors. Still the film is an entertaining and even educational experience, 7/10.


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