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Blood on the Sun


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  • Actors: James Cagney, Sylvia Sidney, Porter Hall, John Emery, Robert Armstrong
  • Directors: Frank Lloyd
  • Writers: Frank Melford, Garrett Fort, Lester Cole, Nathaniel Curtis
  • Producers: William Cagney
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2003
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009NH9S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,732 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blood on the Sun" on IMDb

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Customer Reviews

Good stories line much action.
Kevin F. Kavanaugh
Despite the fact that this is one of his later films, Cagney still bring to the film a certain sexiness and assertiveness that I have come to love him for.
H. Sorrells
The film rankles with American jingoism and takes a condescending stance against Japanese culture.
Vincent Tesi

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By P. M Simon on May 31, 2005
Format: DVD
In "Blood on the Sun," James Cagney plays an expat newspaper editor who discovers Japan's plot for world domination. Made in 1945, the film is a bully piece of wartime propaganda--but it also has surprising depth. It isn't PC, but it's not all stereotype either. There are some real Asians in the film, the plot is a true story, and not all the Japanese are evil. That said, yes, there are a lot of quasi-offensive squinty-eyed caucasians with fake buck teeth in the film, too.

Cagney does a very good job as the editor. A bundle of self-assured energy, as ever, he nonetheless adds depth by trying to speak a bit of Japanese and Mandarin, and by doing some very credible judo. Matter of fact, his judo coach was LAPD's Jack Halloran, who also took a role in this flick and went on to become a regular Hollywood character actor!

The movie is filmed almost entirely in sets at the studio, which is unsurprising. Nevertheless, it looks fairly good. In fact, the "expat bar" set is a faithful reproduction of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed bar at the old Imperial Hotel in Tokyo!

Cagney was just coming off an Oscar and just out of contract with WB Studios. Here, he and his brother produced, and they did a decent job. In short, the films hold up. Not a major classic, but an exciting potboiler! And as a correction to various reviewers, the film takes place neither in "post-WWII Japan" nor "The 1920's" but in the 30's.

As a personal aside, I served many years as a US diplomat in Communist China--another ruthless east Asian dictatorship. Maybe some other viewers will find the Japanese officials in Blood on the Sun to be too fake, smarmy, and banal. I found them pretty realistic!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ted D. Ledbetter on December 21, 2007
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Unfortunately, it's difficult to find a good transfer to DVD for this title. Fortunately, this version of Blood on the Sun is an excellent transfer to DVD! I've seen several other versions of this title and they are terrible quality transfers. This one by Image Entertainment studio is very nice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian on January 23, 2011
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This is simply to tout the Image/Hal Roach DVD of 'Blood on the Sun'-- the movie itself is in most respects an average 1940s action-thriller elevated by another electric Cagney performance, earning it a solid 3 1/2 stars. I've owned several public-domain copies of the film (though I haven't been able to obtain the official Artisan release, currently out of print), and find this version far superior in terms of picture and sound quality. For collectors, highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 2003
Format: DVD
These comments apply to the edition released by Artisan in July of 2003. Aurally and visually, this version is relatively clear, particularly when one considers its age. However, there are problems with its presentation.
The film is described on its container and on the disc itself as being in black and white. In fact it is colorized, and rather unnaturally so.
Special features are promised by the insert, accessible through the MENU button. In fact, there are none.
Incidentally, there was a version of this on VHS with a time of 98 minutes; this runs 94.
One might hope that Steve Beeks of Artisan will act to insure more care in future offerings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Sorrells on September 12, 2003
Format: DVD
If you're a Cagney fan (especially a female one) I think you'll love this film. Cagney lays down some classic lines and is invloved in a number of romantic moments which will make the ladies swoon (well, I did anyway). Despite the fact that this is one of his later films, Cagney still bring to the film a certain sexiness and assertiveness that I have come to love him for. Not to mention that he gets to throw a few punches! If you are truly a diehard Cagney fan, this is a must see.
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By Sox Fan on March 2, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a good movie with James Cagney portraying a correspondent based in Japan during the period before the second World War. He is supported by a very capable cast. As pointed out in other reviews, most of the actors in the Japanese roles were Caucasians heavily made up to look like Orientals including buck teeth. Probably due to the period when the movie was made. Unfortunately, this is a movie that is in the public domain which results in a copy which is less than good. It is watchable, though. I gave it four stars because of the movie itself which I recommend. I lowered it to three stars because of the quality of the DVD.
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By Richard Urff on July 3, 2014
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excellent movie
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By bruce velzor on February 15, 2014
Format: DVD
this movie is very good andit is not condensing I don't know where they get cant handle certain things dont want to see very good for the time periodthat some people just
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