Academy Awards 1945 -
Best Black-and-White Interior Decoration
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This hard-hitting action picture is a classic star vehicle for screen legend James Cagney who stars as an American newspaper editor working in 1920's Tokyo. When one of his reporters is killed, Cagney discovers incriminating evidence that details a Japanese plot to take over the world. The action is fast and furious as he goes up against the Japanese secret police in his struggle to get the evidence out of Japan and reveal the plot to the world.
The film's evocative art direction won an Academy Award.
BLOOD ON THE SUN stars James Cagney as Nick Condon, an American newspaper editor working in Japan between World War I and World War II. While investigating the double murder of a fellow reporter and his wife, Condon discovers the insidious Tanaka Plan, which plainly states the Japanese aims of world domination. If he is to warn the world about the Japanese plot, he must stay alive and out of the hands of the secret police with the help of Iris (Sylvia Sidney), a beautiful Chinese-American spy. From his tender scenes with Iris to his action-packed jujitsu fights with the Japanese secret service, Cagney's performance is a masterpiece. Theodore Sparkul's high-contrast film noir lighting is among the best of the 1940s, as is the quick-paced editing in this critically acclaimed thriller from veteran director and two-time Oscar winner Frank Lloyd (CAVALCADE, MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY).
BLOOD ON THE SUN is loosely based on a true story. The Tanaka Plan was a real document that was delivered into the hands of the international press in 1927. The document detailed Japanese plans for a war with China, Korea, and the United States, including an airplane attack on Pearl Harbor. The document was not taken seriously by politicians at the time.
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Great Cagney Vehicle
Movie Lover: Film Flops Critic from
Trumbull, CT US -- September, 18, 2003
A neat little action/thriller/spy drama. Cagney is great as a hard-nosed reporter for an American newspaper in Japan prior to the outbreak of WWII. A Japanese scheme for war gets dropped in his lap like a satchel of dynamite, and its owners are eager to get it back. Sylvia Sidney is beautiful and stunning as a Chinese shill for the Japanese...or is she? Wonderful supporting cast. Never a dull moment. A top-notch film.
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