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Blood On The Sun [1945] [DVD]

James Cagney , Sylvia Sidney , Frank Lloyd    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Cagney, Sylvia Sidney, Porter Hall, John Emery, Robert Armstrong
  • Directors: Frank Lloyd
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Elstree Hill Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Aug 2003
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CAPW5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,141 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Newspaper editor Nick Condon (James Cagney) is the crusading chief of the Tokyo Chronicle in 1920s Japan. He has his suspicions about Japanese plans for future expansion, suspicions that are confirmed when he runs an article accusing Japanese Premier Tanaka (John Emery) and Colonel Tojo (Robert Armstrong) of planning world conquest and gets a visit from the Imperial Police. Then one of his reporters, Ollie Miller (Wallace Ford) and his wife Edith (Rosemary DeCamp) are murdered shortly after entrusting the Tanaka Memorial, a document that proves his theory. Condon must get himself and the document out of the country, but the Japanese send Chinese spy Iris Hilliard (Sylvia Sidney) to seduce him in an attempt to retrieve the document. Made soon after the collapse of Germany but before Japan s surrender in the Second World War, the film carries a strong anti-fascist message that was aimed at both Axis powers.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 'Eureka Entertainment' DVD 20 Nov 2008
As a correction to the previous reviewer's opinion, the DVD from the listings' Studio 'Eureka Entertainment', plays perfectly, without judder, wobble and most importantly, without any logo appearing the the films entirety.

As for the film, this is a classic James Cagney. Ok, it's in black and white and maybe the music score is a bit violin-ey/tinny, but it's a good story and there's no special effects.
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2.0 out of 5 stars (2.5 star) Slightly uneven sound, no subtitles 20 Feb 2011
By Straightforward TOP 500 REVIEWER
James Cagney plays the part of Nick Condon, an American journalist working in Tokyo. He runs foul of the Japanese secret service by writing a story telling of the Army's ambitions to control America, China and the world. There's a couple of Judo fights, but let me tell you - Bruce Lee it ain't.

There's only the most basic of menu screens on this DVD - there's one choice: 'Play Film'. No Subtitles, or background to the movie. It's a cheap edition that could have been much better with a little bit of thought and budget. My copy had the occasional drop-out in sound which, judging by the production values shown, I was half expecting.

The film itself carries the whiff of propaganda, and typically old-fashioned portrayals of Japanese stereotypes. The settings are interesting as they seem to have been filmed on location, and the Japanese and Chinese language spoken from time to time is authentic.

Cagney's carrying quite a lot of extra weight, and seems to be doing his best with what isn't the most persuasive of scripts, probably because it's been produced by William Cagney (his father?). It's a very dated film of curiosity value only - not one of Jimmy's best.

Not recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars cagney wasted 2 Jan 2014
By lycidas
Not one of Jimmy Cagney's best films. Made in 1945 it did not have at its disposal all the details of Japan's intentions on imperialist policy. The Japanese were depicted as the usual cut-out degenerates and although John Emery produced a decent caricature, the general impression was that the producers were clutching at straws.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good 14 Aug 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Bought this for my dad for a nostalgia trip. He said he enjoyed it although it does show its age in terms of the lack of believabillty in the fighting different though than any action movie of this era.
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