Red Sun

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In what was billed as "The First East-Meets-West Western," Toshiro Mifune plays Kuroda, a samurai warrior who accompanies a Japanese diplomat to the United States. The diplomat has brought with him a golden, jewel-encrusted sword to present as a token of good will to the president, but as they travel by train through the west, they're ambushed by a pair of outlaws, Gauche (Alain Delon) and Link (Charles Bronson). Gauche and Link steal the sword, but Link leans the hard way about his partner's trustworthiness when Gauche double-crosses him and makes off with the booty. Since both Kuroda and Link have a grudge against Gauche, they warily join forces to track him down and return the sword to its rightful owner. Along the way, they have to deal with cultural conflict, Indian attacks, and encounters with beautiful women (played by Capucine and Ursula Andress). Given its cast and theme, Red Sun was predictably enough a major box-office success in Europe and Japan, but it passed through with little notice in the United States.

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Audience Reviews for Red Sun

  • May 22, 2011
    Although I couldn't remember this film at first, reading the synopsis brought it all back to me. The cold-eyed yet incredibly charming and attractive villain played by Alain Delon, the always glorious Toshiro Mifune and the steely heroine Ursula Andress; there isn't much plot to speak of. However this is Bronson's film. The interplay between him and Mifune is a delight, I've never seen Andress act better than in her scenes with Bronson, he's just that compelling and he manages to express such emotion so simply. Despite his roles in the Great Escape, Magnificent Seven and the like, I've never seen a better role for Bronson. A glorious little-known film.
    Sarah B Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2011
    It's a fun western movie. The thing that made, Red Sun, don't be so good is the cliche of the tough guy, that is Charles Bronson. The story: original, screenplay: full of action, but commit some flaw. Terence Young's direction is weak, and Toshiro Mifune looks like the only thing that save Red Sun. Good film...
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2010
    A Charles Bronson / Toshiro Mifune western/road movie - how can you not need to see this? Bronson plays the good bandit buddy who has seven days to help Japanese ambassador bodyguard Mifune retrieve a stolen ceremonal sword after being double-crossed by his bad bandit buddy. WIth much swordfighting and gunplay along the way, and a brief dalliance with a loyalty-conflicted Ursula Andress.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2010
    If theres one thing worse than dodging ruthless criminals, blood-thirsty Indians, and a crazy blonde hooker....its themselves! An unlikley pair must team-up in order to get the same thing....revenge and loot! A perfectly acted, bloody tale that'll leave you breathless. Just wonderful!
    Corey W Super Reviewer

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