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Red Sun (1971)

Soleil rouge (original title)
PG | | Action, Western | 9 June 1972 (USA)
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In 1870, a gang robs a train and steals a ceremonial Japanese sword meant as a gift for the U.S. President, prompting a manhunt to retrieve it.


Terence Young


Laird Koenig (story), Denne Bart Petitclerc (screenplay) | 3 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Link Stuart
Ursula Andress ... Cristina
Toshirô Mifune ... Kuroda Jubei (as Toshiro Mifune)
Alain Delon ... Gotch 'Gauche' Kink
Capucine ... Pepita
Barta Barri ... Paco (as Bart Barry)
Guido Lollobrigida Guido Lollobrigida ... Mace (as Lee Burton)
Anthony Dawson ... Hyatt (as Tony Dawson)
Gianni Medici Gianni Medici ... Miguel (as John Hamilton)
Georges Lycan Georges Lycan ... Sheriff Stone (as George W. Lycan)
Luc Merenda ... Chato (as Luke Merenda)
Tetsu Nakamura Tetsu Nakamura ... Japanese Ambassador (as Satoshi Nakamura)
José Nieto ... Murdered Mexican Farmer (as Jo Nieto)
Julio Peña ... Peppie (as Jules Pena)
Mónica Randall ... Maria (as Monica Randall)


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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All the high adventure of "The Guns of Navarone".... All the explosive excitement of "The Professionals" See more »


Action | Western


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Did You Know?


At the same time he signed on to this film, Terence Young was also preparing a biography of artist Benvenuto Cellini, potentially to star Claudia Cardinale, Raquel Welch, Ursula Andress, Romy Schneider, and Kim Novak. That film would never come to fruition, but that connection meant Andress was retained to star in this film instead. See more »


Equipment visible at 43:43 in lower left hand corner. See more »


[first lines]
[as the train stops at a remote station, an officer positions his squad of soldiers outside the train]
U.S. Army Officer: All right, men, fall out. Take your positions.
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Referenced in Django: The One and Only (2003) See more »


Home, Sweet Home
(aka "There's No Place Like Home")
Music by Sir Henry Bishop
Lyrics by John Howard Payne
Played on pianola at Pepita's place
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Samurai cowboy Yee Ha!
11 September 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

The things that had me on the edge of my seat during Brokeback Mountain was the amazing cinematography and the thrilling music. I just wanted to get as close as possible to the screen.

Those two things were not as impressive in Soleil Rouge, but they were good enough that Oscar nominee Henri Alekan's (Roman Holiday, Wings of Desire) cinematography and three-time Oscar winner Maurice Jarre's (A Passage to India, Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia) music make this film worth watching all by itself.

Directed by Terence Young (Dr. No, From Russia With Love), the film stars one of my favorites, Charles Bronson (Mr. Majestyk , Once Upon a Time in the West, Death Wish 1-5) and Japan's greatest actor, Toshirô Mifune. If that is not enough, it also starred Golden Globe winner Ursula Andress (Dr. No) and Alain Delon (Le Samouraï, The Leopard).

Now, how in the world do you get Mifune in the old west, dressed as a Samurai, no less. He is accompanying the Japanese Ambassador on a train that is robbed by Bronson and Delon. A sword destined to be given to the President is stolen and he must serve his mater and retrieve it. Bronson is double-crossed by Delon and left for dead. Mifune and Bronson join together in a strange journey to retrieve the sword and Bronson's loot.

Mifune is classic Samurai, and Bronson is the funniest I have seen him in the many films I have watched. he has that magic that made Mr. Majestic so fun to watch.

Along the way, they stop in a whorehouse and pick up Andress as a hostage. She is Delon's girlfriend. She gives us a good view of her hootage as she changes a shirt while waiting with Bronson. Spanish actress Mónica Randall also gave us a skintastic display when in bed with Mifune.

Lots of western action with shootouts between Bronson and the bay guys, and the whole gang against the Comanches. Mifune uses his sword to good effect as he adds the expected bright red to the screen.

Eastern philosophy meets Western crudity in a classic.

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Release Date:

9 June 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Red Sun See more »

Filming Locations:

Adra, Almería, Spain See more »


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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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