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 betrayed by a traitorous fellow journalist. On a pleasanter note, Condon makes the acquaintance of half-Chinese Iris Hilliard (Sylvia Sidney), who agrees to help him foil the Japanese High Command. As was customary in wartime films, virtually all the Japanese characters in Blood on the Sun are played by Chinese, Korean, and Caucasian actors; for example, Robert Armstrong is cast as Colonel Tojo, while Premiere Tenaka is enacted by John Emery. Having lapsed into the public domain, Blood on the Sun is available from several distributors and also exists in a computer-colorized version.
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James Cagney
as Nick Condon
Sylvia Sidney
as Iris Hilliard
Wallace Ford
as Ollie Miller
Robert Armstrong
as Col. Hideki Tojo
Rosemary DeCamp
as Edith Miller
John Emery
as Premier Tanaka
Leonard Strong
as Hijikata
Frank Puglia
as Prince Tatsugi
John Halloran
as Capt. Oshima
Jack Halloran
as Capt. Oshima
Hugh Ho
as Kajioka
Philip Ahn
as Yamamoto
Joseph Kim
as Hayashi
Marvin Miller
as Yamada
Rhys Williams
as Joseph Cassell
Porter Hall
as Arthur Bickett
James Bell
as Charley Sprague
Grace Lem
as Amah
Oie Chan
as Chinese Servant
Oy Chan
as Chinese servant
George Paris
as Hotel manager
Hugh Beaumont
as Johnny Clarke
Arthur Loft
as American Newsmen in Tokyo
Gregory Gaye
as American Newsmen in Tokyo
Emmett Vogan
as American Newsmen in Tokyo
Charlie Wayne
as American Newsmen in Tokyo
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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
Rick Rudge

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. Cast 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 1910s 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 Misérables 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 1920s 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 1930s 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 1940s The Howards of Virginia This Woman Is Mine The Lady from Cheyenne Forever and a Day Blood on the Sun 1950s The Shanghai Story The Last Command

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monsieur rick

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.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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