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Blood on the Sun (1945)

James Cagney , Sylvia Sidney , Frank Lloyd  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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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 (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009NH9S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,087 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blood on the Sun" on IMDb

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe You Have to Live It to Appreciate It May 31, 2005
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Best DVD Transfer 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood vs The Kodakan August 17, 2001
This video is a must have item for any long time devotee of the Martial Art of Judo. Not only does it feature Jimmy Cagney in a Dojo during Class, but it also features a "Judo" fight in the climactic good vs evil battle at the end.
Sure, the fights scenes are a little hokey by today's standards, the Japanese villians are just Americans with bad makeup, and of course the movie is in Black & White, but this movie is now a permanent part of my Hollywood Judo movie collection. Well actually it's my only Hollywood Judo movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars About the Image/Hal Roach edition... January 23, 2011
By Brian
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For Cagney fans only March 22, 2002
(Please note that of the eight DVD versions of BLOOD ON THE SUN that are currently listed on, I am reviewing the Laserlight "Special Edition" release. That's the one that comes with a documentary on the film career of James Cagney and a goofier-than-thou introduction by Tony Curtis.)
To be honest, I didn't find the feature film on this DVD to be all that exciting. The plot is coherent and without any obvious flaws, and the characters have a lot of promise. It just isn't terribly enthralling. There's a fairly good fight sequence near the end, if that sort of thing interests you. Unfortunately, that sort of thing doesn't usually interest me, and nothing leading up to that had given me any emotional investment in either of the factions. James Cagney's acting is quite good, and, as always, he commands quite a presence on the screen. It's unfortunate that he's one of the only interesting things to watch in this film.
The picture quality is actually fairly good which is a bonus when you consider how cheap the disc is. The picture is the tiniest bit fuzzy at points, but for the most part it's ahead of many other budget DVDs. The sound quality is certainly acceptable, if not the clearest thing you'll ever hear. If you've already seen and enjoyed this movie and are wondering which DVD version you should buy, know that you could do a lot worse than the Laserlight edition.
The included documentary JAMES CAGNEY ON FILM runs 36 minutes long and is a fairly formulaic piece, very similar to the other such programs that Laserlight has included on their DVDs. It's a fairly tame short piece, made up primarily of an uninspired voice-over speaking while the camera pans over numerous black and white publicity shots of Cagney. A few film trailers make up the rest of the action.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Historically Interesting, Carelessly Presented August 2, 2003
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good Value. Good Servive. Recommended.
Published 2 months ago by Bozopol1
5.0 out of 5 stars A very excellent print. I've had many videos of this film ...
A very excellent print. I've had many videos of this film and this is the best I've ever had. If you're a Cagney fan this is the version to get.
Published 2 months ago by Bob Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent movie
Published 3 months ago by Richard Urff
5.0 out of 5 stars sun
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
Published 8 months ago by bruce velzor
4.0 out of 5 stars egreat movie
Great movie enjoy cagney in this movie an many others that as played in. Good stories line much action. Everyone should see it
Published 8 months ago by Kevin F. Kavanaugh
3.0 out of 5 stars Publishing Secret Documents
Blood on the Sun, 1943 film

Baron Tanaka wrote a secret plan on world conquest. An American newspaperman in Tokyo exposed it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Acute Observer
1.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL COPY OF THE FILM:
Published 16 months ago by MARK M. POWELL
3.0 out of 5 stars Tanaka Memorial a Soviet Intelligence Forgery
Blood on the Sun is an enjoyable WWII fictional thriller starring James Cagney.

I urge everyone to guardedly see this film. Read more
Published 19 months ago by anarchteacher
5.0 out of 5 stars great historical American Martial Art movie!
It is true that there are White people portraying Japanese, however this movie is a great product of its time... Read more
Published on July 9, 2011 by Wolverine
1.0 out of 5 stars BAD FILM
The film has many film problems on dvd. Hopefully I can get the VHS. Won't bother
tyring to get my money back because Amazon only gives half of your purchase in return. Read more
Published on June 2, 2011 by E. O. GAVIN
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