Monday, Sep 2020
Director: Terence Young
Screenwriters: Laird Koenig, Denne Petitclerc, and William Roberts
Length: 112 mins.
Released: 1972

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This unconventional Western was filmed in the Southwest U.S. by an Italian crew. The zesty Italian flavor is strong throughout the movie. While there is little Sergio Leone neo-realism, there is an interesting story. And why wouldn't there be? Earlier Samurai stories like Yojimba and The Seven Samurai were transformed with good success into the Westerns; A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and The Magnificent Seven (1960). So, why not bring the Samurai to the West? This is what Red Sun does... A couple of Samurai's, led by Kuroda Jubie (Toshiro Mifune) travel to the United States with the Japanese Ambassador (Tetsu Nakamura). They are delivering a gift from the Emperor when they are set upon by bandits led by Gauche (Alain Delon). Fancy-pants, Frenchman, Delon is far too tidy to be believable. Delon's Euro-accent is explained by his the character hail from New Orleans, this ploy did not work so well for Marlene Dietrich in Destry Rides Again (1939) and it misses with Delon. Mifune is, as always, fabulous as the focused Samurai, at times corrupted by Link (Charles Bronson). And Bronson is Bronson as he assumes the Death Wish deadpan.

Red Sun is an unusual Western. The East meets West in a Western. The resulting clash comments on the cultures without declaring a winner. Here at CouchCowboy we call the film no more than a Good Viewer.

Cast:

  • Charles Bronson....Link
  • Ursula Andress.... Cristina
  • ToshirĂ´ Mifune....Kuroda Jubie
  • Alain Delon.... Gauche
  • Capucine.... Pepita
  • Bernabe Barta Barri....Paco
  • Guido Lollobrigida.... Mace
  • Anthony Dawson....Hyatt
  • John Hamilton .... Miguel
  • Georges Lycan....Sheriff Stone
  • Luc Merenda....Chato
  • Tetsu Nakamura.... Japanese Ambassador
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