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The Bushido Blade


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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: #355,570 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.

Customer Reviews

In one part, a US naval officer beats a samurai in a sword fight.
Jason Long
I was moved through a variety of emotions while watching this film, including, anger, disgust, nausea, and shock.
David Elmore
How can you make a movie with the extra cool Toshirô Mifune... and have it be this bad?
Bill F. Armitage

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Bond 007 on March 19, 2008
Format: DVD
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 By Pvt. W.G. Kirby on November 18, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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 peace....it 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Gordon on February 10, 2009
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By msl on June 9, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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 By Moxie Spirit on October 26, 2011
Format: DVD
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 By Gregory G. on 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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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 2002
Format: DVD
Any fans of samurai films, Sonny Chiba and Toshiro Mifune, do yourself a favour and stay away from this ignorant, stupid film. The hamminess of the American actors, the portrayal of Americans as big lumbering stupid clods and Japanese as just crazy....this film is infuriatingly bad.
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