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.
The Bushido Blade
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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...Read more ›
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.
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