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Blood on the Sun

3.7 out of 5 stars 46 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 (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009NH9S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,781 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blood on the Sun" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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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Actually a great unrecognized movie. Cagny tried to tell our Government that the Japanese were going to try us on but was rebuked as "only an actor"! He wrote the movie and tried to get it done but no one would touch it so, you will notice: James Cagney star. James Cagney producer. James Cagney director. AND James Cagney Productions! He did it all himself. Mr. Cagney was also a Sandan (third degree) black belt in Judo and trained extensively in Japan. The Judo is good.
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I remember seeing it when I was a kid, so when I viewed it, it was more for nostalgic reasons than anything else. None of the actors could hold a candle to today's actors and actresses and the story was a little lame, particularly the stereotyped Japanese villains. Still, it was kind of fun to watch again after all these years.
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Amazing. Good film of chinese propaganda versus japanese when they disliked each other. The movie shows us the neat culture about how they lived. How the men eat and socialize- for example how the guy sits down on an old wooden rustic table and orders noodles and eats it. Its pretty cool how they lived in those days. Its cool how he lives off the land and the roads are not paved but just dirt and raw yellow/brown earth- glimpse of reality. Also how the men treat the ladies in those cultures, its a good insight into the real lives people lived- thats what i picked up. But the real reason i watched the movie was because i like old martial arts movies.
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(Please note that of the eight DVD versions of BLOOD ON THE SUN that are currently listed on Amazon.com, 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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