Blood on the Sun Reviews

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½ May 7, 2014
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.
January 12, 2013
An American newspaper editor working in Japan between the two world wars must stay alive in order to warn the world of Japanese plans for global domination after he lands on a document unveiling such plans. This Cagney vehicle is hardly a stand out, with its patriotic undertones and superficial characters, but there is still some appeal in the lighting and the fast paced editing. As well as that, Blood on the Sun is arguably the first American produced martial arts film.
September 12, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011

(1945) Blood On The Sun

Before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, some American newspaper men working in Japan knew about the attack before it even happened, this is one of those stories! Using fictional characters that may be based on fact, James Cagney stars as Nick who somehow gets caught in the middle of all of this when some close friends are mysteriously killed because of their involvement, to prevent leaking information out- from the invasion of China to the planned attack to the United States of America!

Seems somewhat historical in a fictionize way, this film was also known for James Cagney's getting his black belt as judo/ karate martial artist and it really shows! His brother William Cagney produced it so it kind of makes sense!

The copy I watched it had a bad recording transfer but I was still be able to make it out!

3 out of 4
February 17, 2011
Cagney at his cocky best,,even a judo expert...even has Robert Armstrong (King Kong) playing Tojo...haha......good flick
January 30, 2011
Cagney unleashes a ferocious portrayal of a Tokyo newspaper man. Fast paced, it's trouble in pre-WWII Japan, (soon not our friends anymore). [Suprising a film was ever made in 1945 with JAPS in it.] The film won the Academy Award for Best Art Direction for a Black & White (Wiard Ihnen, A. Roland Fields) film in 1945.

Nick Condon (James Cagney) is a journalist for the Tokyo Chronicler. He prints a story disclosing Japan's plan to conquer the world. The newspaper is seized by Japanese officers. Condon gets the Tanaka Plan, a paper in which all the plans are laid down in writing.

Very suspenseful, alluring and great dialog. Pure Cagney.


James Cagney as Nick Condon
Sylvia Sidney as Iris Hilliard
Porter Hall as Arthur Bickett
John Emery as Premier Giichi Tanaka
Robert Armstrong as Col. Hideki Tojo
Wallace Ford as Ollie Miller
Rosemary DeCamp as Edith Miller
John Halloran as Capt. Oshima
Leonard Strong as Hijikata
James Bell as Charley Sprague
Marvin Miller as Yamada
Rhys Williams as Joseph Cassell
Frank Puglia as Prince Tatsugi
Hugh Beaumont as Johnny Clarke (Beaumont was Mr. Cleaver TV)

Films by Frank Lloyd, our director:

The films of Frank Lloyd


To Redeem a Value 10,000 Dollars The Gentleman from Indiana Jane The Reform Candidate The Tongues of Men The Call of the Cumberlands Madame la Presidente The Code of Marcia Gray David Garrick The Making of Maddalena An International Marriage The Stronger Love The Intrigue Sins of Her Parent The World and the Woman (with Eugene Moore) The Kingdom of Love The Price of Silence A Tale of Two Cities American Methods When a Man Sees Red Les MisÚrables The Heart of a Lion The Blindness of Divorce True Blue Riders of the Purple Sage His Extra Bit The Rainbow Trail For Freedom The Man Hunter Pitfalls of a Big City The World and Its Woman The Loves of Letty


The Woman in Room 13 The Silver Horde Madame X The Great Lover A Tale of Two Worlds Roads of Destiny A Voice in the Dark The Invisible Power The Grim Comedian The Man from Lost River The Eternal Flame The Sin Flood Oliver Twist The Voice from the Minaret Within the Law Ashes of Vengeance Black Oxen The Sea Hawk The Silent Watcher Her Husband's Secret Winds of Chance The Splendid Road The Wise Guy The Eagle of the Sea Children of Divorce Adoration Weary River The Divine Lady Drag Dark Streets Young Nowheres


Son of the Gods The Way of All Men The Lash The Right of Way East Lynne The Age for Love A Passport to Hell Cavalcade Berkeley Square Hoop-La Servants' Entrance Mutiny on the Bounty Under Two Flags Maid of Salem Wells Fargo If I Were King Rulers of the Sea


The Howards of Virginia This Woman Is Mine The Lady from Cheyenne Forever and a Day Blood on the Sun


The Shanghai Story The Last Command
½ June 1, 2008
6.5/10. Any film with James Cagney is a good one - he never made a bad film. Well acted, suspenseful, a fine classic film. Good story.
December 16, 2004
All right, I'm going to save myself from having to synop this film since my friend Bertolotti here seems to capture what I'm thinking when I see this movie. (I don't really know this dude, I just saw his review and was like Bingo! Same here!) Here goes:

[indent]One point is made repeatedly in this film--the fascist government which ruled Japan was extreme in both concept and execution. James Cagney, as reporter Nick Condon, fights against fascism in this movie and he fought against injustice in so many other films. In a way, this film is another gangster movie, somewhat like the gangster movies of the 1930s, but, too, the story has to do with much more that simple violations of law for the gangsters are in the Japanese Imperial Government. Cagney seems willing to take on the whole Imperial concept of Japanese rule which began prior to World War Two. His efforts are not anti-Japanese but anti-Facist. In fact, the movie could have been made about Hitler's Nazism and the story would have been about the same. One finds Cagney as the tough guy confronting bumbling police and meeting with mysterious women. He even maintains the newspaper tradition relative to the constant drinking of alcohol. Yet, the film transcends the mundane because of the importance of the struggle during the war years, years which follow the movie's time frame. It's vintage Cagney, well worthwhile.

Well said. Historical background, actor's motives, general synop, yup, it's all there. But I can't seem to get out of this centered margin! Damn you Bertolotti!!

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