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.
Cagney is a crusading newspaper editor in 1930s Japan who's come into possession of the "Tanaka Plan" for world domination. Amidst political intrigue and crossed loyalties, Cagney must now find a way to warn the outside world. A fine, entertaining melodrama that's based in fact, with Cagney as good as ever, but this time with judo chops. If only the Japanese knew some kind of hand-to-hand combat, they might be able to stand a chance against Cagney. Dated only by its condescension toward the Japanese, Blood on the Sun never slacks its pace, providing quick-witted patter all along in the mark of the classic Hollywood style. It seems peculiarly American (in an inadvertent way, of course) that in the film's final moments the day should be saved by none other than Ward Cleaver (Hugh Beaumont). Curiously, this is one DVD from Master Movies that does not contain optional Japanese subtitles. It does, however, have copious bios of the stars and filmmakers, and a crystal-clear picture. --Jim Gay
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