Blood on the Sun (1945)


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In his first film in two years, James Cagney stars as Nick Condon, the American editor of a pre-WW2 Tokyo newspaper. When two of his best friends are horribly murdered, Condon suspects that the "peaceful" Japanese military government is up to no good. He dedicates himself to getting his hands on the "Tanka Plan," a Japanese blueprint for conquering the world, and bringing this document to the attention of the Free World. As a result, he is targeted for persecution by the corrupt Tokyo police and … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Lester Cole, Lester Cole & Frank Melford, Nathaniel Curtis
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On DVD: Dec 30, 1997
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as Nick Condon

as Iris Hilliard

as Ollie Miller

as Col. Hideki Tojo

as Edith Miller

as Premier Tanaka

as Edith Miller

as Hijikata

as Prince Tatsugi

as Capt. Oshima

as Capt. Oshima

as Kajioka

as Yamamoto

as Hayashi

as Yamada

as Joseph Cassell

as Arthur Bickett

as Charley Sprague

as Chinese servant

as Chinese Servant

as Hotel manager

as Johnny Clarke

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November 7, 2003
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Blood on the Sun (1945)

What can I say, but this is an American war movie and propaganda piece to get you in the mood for enlisting or at least buying war bonds. It's quite weird to see all of the asian characters as white people in "Yellow Face" make-up, but the characters (even the bad guys) are pretty well fleshed out. The movie is more anti-fascist than anti-Japanese.

Nick Condon (James Cagney) is a newspaper correspondent in Tokyo before the Pearl Harbor attack. He did a stint in China a little before the Japanese occupation, so nobody is fooling him. He's seeing the right-wing militaristic take-over of the Japanese government.

His news stories are having problems with the censors, especially the recent news about Prime Minister Giichi Tanaka's (John Emery) plan for world domination to where he's trying to sneak information out of Japan, despite the efforts of Hideki Tojo (Robert Armstrong). There's also a cute female spy.

There was a Tanaka Plan that the Chinese Communists printed that implicated Emperer Hirohito.

Rick Rudge

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