Red Sun (1971)

PG   |    |  Action, Western

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In 1870, a gang robs a train and steals a ceremonial Japanese sword meant as a gift from Japan to the U.S. President, prompting a manhunt to retrieve it.

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  • Charles Bronson in Red Sun (1971)
  • Ursula Andress and Alain Delon in Red Sun (1971)
  • Ursula Andress in Red Sun (1971)
  • Ursula Andress in Red Sun (1971)
  • Ursula Andress in Red Sun (1971)
  • Charles Bronson and Capucine in Red Sun (1971)

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Laird Koenig (story), Denne Bart Petitclerc (adaptation), William Roberts (adaptation), Lawrence Roman (adaptation), Gerald Devriès (dialogue)

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6 January 2005 | Michael_Cronin
| Pretty silly, but worth a look for fans
Toshiro Mifune & Charles Bronson in an early 70's Western with Alain Delon as the bad guy & Ursula Andress playing an opportunistic whore?

Sounds irresistible, but it's all a bit of a mess, which is often what happens when there's too much of a good thing. Plenty of talent & personality in the acting department, but too little attention paid to the story itself.

Bronson plays a train robber forced by the Japanese ambassador to help find a priceless sword stolen by Bronson's double-crossing partner Gauche, played by Delon. Accompanying Bronson is Mifune playing, surprise surprise, a powerful samurai.

Mifune, as always, is riveting, & Delon seems to be enjoying himself as the devilish Gauche. Bronson's a bit on the lazy side, but it's fun to watch the sparring between him & Mifune. Ursula Andress' role seems pretty pointless, but she was never hired for her acting abilities anyway.

The film breezes cheerfully along, but the big showdown ends up being confusing & dull, with a tribe of vicious Comanches thrown in at the last minute, as if to provide some excuse not to have Mifune cut Delon's head off straight away. The climax, as such, only comes after being dragged out for too long, & so, falls flat. The subplot involving Cristina (Andress), Gauche's old flame, makes things even messier, & her character's motives are never all that clear.

Still, it's well worth a look if you're a fan of any of the principal actors, or Westerns in general. Just don't expect a masterpiece.

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