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The Bushido Blade (2005)

Sonny Chiba , James Earl  |  Unrated |  DVD
1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Sonny Chiba, James Earl
  • Format: Color, Content/Copy-Protected CD, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: KOCH VISION
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009H97IK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,309 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

In 1854, Commodore Matthew Perry anchored his fleet in the shadow of Mount Fuji in Yokohama Bay. His arrival awoke Japan from a sleep of centuries.

In a feudal society torn between those who wish to move into the modern world and the rebel clans sworn to the "old ways," Perry pushes for a treaty to open the country, which the Shogun agrees to sign. But before the signing can take place, a fanatical group of samurai abducts a gift from the Shogun intended for the U.S. President. It is a national treasure of sacred significance to the Japanese – the great sword known as the Bushido Blade. The treaty cannot be signed until the Blade is recovered. It is an urgent and dangerous quest.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
What attracted me to this movie in the first place was the chance to see my two favorite Japanese actors on the screen together, sadly Mifune and Chiba only have one brief scene together. So this leaves the rest of the film to stand on it's own, and I must admit, I was suprised that it turned out to be an enjoyable piece of entertainment, but nothing more. The important thing to remember here is that this is an American movie, not a Japanese film, so you can't compare it to the great Samurai films of Kurosawa or Hiroshi, and disapointingly, Mifune is not the star, and dose not partake in any of the sword play or battles. What we do have is an entertaining attempt by westerners to make a samurai movie with truely mixed results, too many westerners in swordplay when what we really want is samurai on samurai action, but the cast dose have a showstopping scene-stealing appearance by James Earl Jones. Sonny Chiba, who has a slightly larger role than Mifune, dose get a little bit of swordplay in towards the end of the movie. Frank Converse as the film's main hero, is just okay, but Richard Boone is in here in his last role. So, it's safe to say that the cast is what makes this movie, love it or hate it, or just enjoyed it, as I did, the cast can't be denyied it's brillance. It is important as Mifune and Chiba's only film together, sorta like John Wayne and Clint Eastwood being together for us westerners, still in many ways a weak movie. It wants to be James Clavell's SHOGUN, and is in some ways similar to Ed Zwick's THE LAST SAMURAI, years later, but not as classy or as well put together as those ones. Ultimately, I would say see it if you can, buy it, if the price is right, just remember it's an American movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cut Above March 19, 2008
I enjoyed this film a lot. Of course I'm a Toshiro Mifune fan, not to mention I've always liked Richard Boone. This isn't Macbeth, but it doesn't try to be or need to be. It's simply a good story with good acting. If you enjoy Shogun you will probably enjoy this as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Darth Vader in a Japanese bath house? November 18, 2013
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I saw this film on cable in the 1980s. It interested the historian side of me, but was never shown again. So when Amazon featured it, I bought it to see a bit more and evaluate its historical accuracy. The product arrived in short order in good condition.
In 1854 President Pierce sent Commodore Matthew Perry and the US Navy Pacific battle squadron to Japan to force a trade agreement treaty to open Japan to the modern world. Forced to bow to superior, friendly(?) military threats, Japan conceded and open her ports to world shipping. The leaders of Japan were gracious on the surface, but lost much face internally and vowed to modernize so as to never allow such to happen to their nation again. Within eighty years they had caught-up over four hundred years of developments and saw the advantages to being a powerful nation and use imperialism for their own expansion and success, leading to WWII! Hmmm, perhaps not the best move by the Western nations of the world in retrospect...
OK, there's the history lesson. The film covers that. The fictional story is of a Samurai Blade to be presented to the Americans as a symbolic offering in is stolen by a Japanese warlord who does not wish the opening of Japan to alter his stand and power. A joint American team of two sailors under command of a USMC officer ( bet that would work out well..) that teams up with a Samurai warrior prince to recover the blade and save face for all. Within a day, the team is broken up and separated as they venture into Japan "unofficially". The sailor are captured by the evil Japanese warlord backers but escape to be helped by the loyal Japanese peasants. The gyrene captain winds up being saved by the good samurai Prince and his half -American female cousin...the story explains how she is...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the history! June 9, 2012
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I have been looking for this movie for so long I almost gave up. I loved how well it was packaged. Movies like this are so hard to find. Thanks again Amazon! Great actors and themes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply Entertaining October 26, 2011
If you are a true Richard Boone fan, as I am, you can appreciate his usual loud expressionate voice is true to his character. This being his last film, made me curious about the film. He part is fairly brief, but convincing. Frank Converse as the Marine who goes inland to retrieve the sword, keeps the story going with lots of action, along with Sonny Shiba, is a good blend of characters. The big sailor, who stumbles into some sumu wrestlers, is hilarious. Keeping an eye on his nephew also adds to the story. I first saw this film back in 1980 on Cinemax, I have the VHS tape. I have watched it several times. What's a movie without a little malarkey. It's just fun to watch.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Badly acted... and grossly innacurate February 12, 2012
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This is a terrible movie with little connection with history. The only thing accurate is that Commodore Perry came to Japan in 1853/4, The rest is pure, unbelievable fiction.

I have always been a Toshira Mifune fan and he does the best with this aweful script. Richard Boone is in his "worst" role. He mugs and stamps all over the set... and that is about it. A young James Earl Jones has a small part which is equally unenspiring.

Stay away.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheeseball is being kind February 26, 2003
This hackneyed excuse for a samurai film is an example of great actors (excluding Frank Converse) needing work. The action sequences are laughable and if you may not have noticed, this is an Arthur Rankin/Jules Bass production, famed American cartoon producers, Frosty the Snowman being one of their most well-known works. Someone should have told them to "thumpity, thump, thump" back to Saturday morning fare. This one reeks about as much as the scene where the sailors refuse to take baths. Shogun may have been melodramatic, but there isn't an ounce of drama used here. Buy this one at your own risk. Only thing of value is the plastic box it came in. You can use it for another DVD and the DVD as a frisbee.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars its only a movie
Not great ,not even very good but mifune? much crap comes out of hollywood today that causes the blu ray release of so many good old movies to be put off while we are... Read more
Published on September 1, 2012 by gedovait
1.0 out of 5 stars Yuk!
How can you make a movie with the extra cool Toshirô Mifune... and have it be this bad?
Published on December 19, 2007 by B. Armitage
1.0 out of 5 stars Yeesh! This film is embarrassing.
"A swashbuckling Samurai saga that beats SHOGUN!" - Star-Bulletin

This grand statement must be about the heavily edited 2 hour version of Shogun. Read more
Published on October 9, 2007 by Ashram
1.0 out of 5 stars Bushido Blade
This is the single most entertaining and moving film I can recall seeing in recent years. This film was unbelievably pathetic on so many levels, ie: historical accuracy, writing,... Read more
Published on December 11, 2005 by David Elmore
2.0 out of 5 stars Samurai vs Yankee?
In support of the previous reviewer's comments, those writers who sneer at the very idea that a western sabreur could triumph over a Samurai are being sadly and deludedly... Read more
Published on June 25, 2005 by Keith Ducklin
2.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating event, worthy of a far better film.
The meeting between Commodore Perry's flotilla, and the Japanese has always been one of the most fascinating events of history, as far as I am concerned. Read more
Published on June 3, 2005 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Samurai Film Ever
I am a big fan of samurai films and Japanese cinema. Toshiro Mifune is my favorite actor. I own about sixty or so samurai and/or mifune movies. Read more
Published on April 3, 2005 by Jason Long
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