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Red Sun [DVD]

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  • Actors: Charles Bronson, Toshirô Mifune, Alain Delon, Ursula Andress, Capucine
  • Directors: Terence Young
  • Writers: Denne Bart Petitclerc, Gerald Devriès, Laird Koenig, Lawrence Roman, William Roberts
  • Producers: Robert Dorfmann, Ted Richmond
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Feb. 2005
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000296G66
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,451 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Kuroda (Toshiro Mifune), a samurai warrior, is accompanying a Japanese diplomat to the US. They are carrying a golden, jewel-encrusted sword to present as a token of goodwill to the president, however they are ambushed by two outlaws - Gauche (Alain Delon) and Link (Charles Bronson). When Gauche double-crosses Link and keeps the sword for himself, Link joins forces with Kuroda to return the sword to its rightful owner.


It is the 19th century, and two criminals, Link and Gotch, have a falling out after robbing a train. As a result, Gotch not only takes off with the money, but with a priceless golden sword owned by a Samurai passenger named Kuroda. Despite their cultural differences and initial hostility, Kuroda and Link pair up to find Gotch. The vengeful duo eventually track him down--only to find that a violent twist of events will change their lives forever... The great Toshiro Mifune is an excellent match for the stoic Bronson under the direction of James Bond regular Terence Young (Dr No etc) and there's a score from Maurice Jarre.

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This 1971 French-Italian-Spanish film is a very well made, fast paced, original and EXTREMELY FUNNY western, with excellent cast and a very unique plot - an uneasy partnership between a samurai (Toshiro Mifune) and a Wild West gunfighter (Charles Bronson) who, somewhere around 1870, both chase a particularly evil, clever, dangerous and sadistic outlaw (Alain Delon) who owes them both a blood debt - and also some treasure...

Both Mifune and Bronson are clearly having a great fun playing in this movie and they are on the top of their abilities. Their dialogues are irresistibly funny, ex. Bronson "I am hungry", Mifune "When a samurai is hungry, he is ashamed of being hungry!". The evolution of their relation from hostility to respect to friendship is a great thing to watch. They are also both playing in a certain way tragic characters as both the samurai and the Wild West gunfighters are living their last moments.

Alain Delon and Ursula Andress are great too - he is evil as hell, she is sexy as, well... as hell too. The dialogues between Bronson and Andress are even better that those between him and Mifune.

French model/actress Capucine, who at 43 was still hot as hell, plays here a small role as the madame of a cozy little brothel...)))

If you are a woman AND a feminist, there is a strong possibility that you will REALLY NOT like this movie...

I watched this film at least a dozen of times and I never got bored. The long trek of those two unlikely companions through the wilderness is really a great "road" movie. The visit in the house of perdition is one of the funniest things I ever saw and the fight with the Indians is one of the most impressive I can remember in all the westerns - the "sword versus lance" moment is particularly impressive.

Really, it is a treasure! Get it, watch it, love it - and if you fail to do it, disembowel yourself honorably...)))
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Red Sun has Bronson and Mifune, two great action stars, journeying out in the Old West, trying to retrieve a jeweled sword that was suppose to be a gift for the President of the United States from the Emperor of Japan. Bronson, Ursula and Mifune all are at their peak (Playing themselves). Mifune, who never learned to speak English, spoke his own lines. Just to watch Mifune's samurai tactics vs. Bronson's gun fighting skills is worth the whole movie. And of course this movie is a must for anyone who loved either The Magnificent Seven or the Seven Samurai.

The Magnificent Seven was the American was a rip-off of Akira Kurosawa's classic, The Seven Samurai. Here we have Charles Bronson, who played the skilled rifleman, Bernardo O'Reilly, in the Magnificent Seven, paired up with Toshiro Mifune, who played Kikuchiyo in the Seven Samurai. This is a must see...
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Red Sun is different western about encounter of two culture between Japanise Samurai (Toshiro Mifune) and an old traditional cowboy (Charles Bronson). The story is lot of question of honour. This "all star" casted film includes also Alain Delon as a bad thief and screen goddes Ursula Andress as his "girl". All actors do their best and for me was suprising Mr. Bronsons made rich nuances performance with believable character. Alain Delon's cold ayes presents lot of moves in his mind and Miss Ursula Andress is one of the screens most interesting star with her timeles, monumental beauty and personal voice-what makes she presence always very enjoyable. Blu-ray disc is very good: with nice picture and rich warm colours, sharp picture and good voice, now it looks in a big screen at hometheatre even better than at original cinema in Stocholm long time ago, where I saw it first time in 70th.
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 1 Nov. 2008
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Red Sun aka Soleil Rouge is one of those gloriously demented pitches - cowboys and samurais in a French-Italian Western shot in Spain by an English director with a Swiss leading lady. As if that isn't mad enough, the villain is Alain Delon's French cowboy, who leaves his train robbing buddy Charles Bronson to take the fall after stealing the Emperor of Japan's gold sword, leaving Bronson and the Japanese ambassador's samurai bodyguard Toshiro Mifune with only seven days to track it down before the Kurosawa regular has to commit hari-kiri ("Now that's something I'd like to see!" quips Bronson). Oh, and Ursula Andress and Capucine are along for the ride, as is Terence Young regular Anthony Dawson as the screen's unlikeliest cowboy desperado. Throw in a hostile tribe of Comanches on the warpath and the editor of The Wild Bunch you should be all set for one of the best genre hybrids of the 70s. Only, sadly, while it may offer two iconic samurai for the price of one - Le Samourai and the Seventh Samurai - it isn't anywhere near as good as it sounds.

While a long way from his laziest work, Terence Young directs with more efficiency than imagination and as a result there's not too much to get excited about here. Aside from the final fight with hostiles in a burning field of tall grass the action scenes make little impression, Bronson and Mifune don't bring their A-game to the party (not too surprising with dialogue like "I think you're a helluva man." "I think you're a son of a beesh!") while it all feels rather too leisurely at 112 minutes. Then there's the rather coy nudity - Andress does undress, but only allows a glimpse of one breast and one buttock as if she only got paid half her going rate and wouldn't let the producers see the full set.
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