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Red Sun (1971)

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

Director:

Terence Young

Writers:

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

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)
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Storyline

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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2 Desperados ... 1 Hellcat ... and a Samurai ... the greatest fighting force the West has ever known!

Genres:

Action | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy | Spain

Language:

English | Spanish | Japanese

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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,840,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor and Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally the film was intended to be made in 1967 after associate producer Ted Richmond's Villa Rides (1968), with Laird Koenig writing the original draft. Koenig eventually received a story credit, as the script was drastically reworked a number of times, most significantly by Denne Bart Petitclerc. David A. Goodman was also brought in to write a version in 1968, and final screenplay credits in 1971 went to Petitclerc, William Roberts, and Lawrence Roman. See more »

Goofs

Link loses his bedroll when he intentionally rolls down the cliff. At the bottom, it lands next to him. See more »

Quotes

Kuroda Jubie: Give me my clothes!
Link Stuart: I'll give you your clothes, but first I want your word of honor that you won't kill Gauche on sight.
Kuroda Jubie: My clothes!
Link Stuart: Your word.
Kuroda Jubie: [angrily speaks Japanese]
Link Stuart: Don't know what the hell that's all about, but it sounds like it's comin' from the heart. Well?
Kuroda Jubie: Give me five minutes with him.
Link Stuart: Not enough.
Kuroda Jubie: One hour. Give me one full hour.
Link Stuart: I need one full day. Kuroda, I need the time to make Gauche take me to the cash. I wanna be sure it's there.
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The inspiration for Shanghai Noon
24 July 2012 | by scheelj1See all my reviews

One thing's for sure, this is the only movie where you get to see a Samurai fight a Comanche. Charles Bronson plays an outlaw who robs a train. Among the passengers on the train is the ambassador of Japan and his samurai bodyguard, played by The Seven Samurai's Toshiro Mifune. When Bronson is double-crossed by one of the men in his gang, he teams up with the samurai to chase down the villain and get his revenge. If you think this sounds like a Jackie Chan/Owen Wilson movie, you're right on. Shanghai Noon was definitely a parody of this film. This is a very enjoyable, action-packed, unique western, but it definitely has some R-rated content. At the end of the day, it's hard to find a better Charles Bronson western. 4 out of 5 action rating


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