Blood on the Sun

Blood on the Sun

Streaming Video - 1945
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In his first film in two years, James Cagney stars as Nick Condon, the American editor of a pre-WW2 Tokyo newspaper. When two of his best friends are horribly murdered, Condon suspects that the "peaceful" Japanese military government is up to no good. He dedicates himself to getting his hands on the "Tanka Plan, " a Japanese blueprint for conquering the world, and bringing this document to the attention of the Free World. As a result, he is targeted for persecution by the corrupt Tokyo police and betrayed by a traitorous fellow journalist. On a pleasanter note, Condon makes the acquaintance of half-Chinese Iris Hilliard (Sylvia Sidney), who agrees to help him foil the Japanese High Command. As was customary in wartime films, virtually all the Japanese characters in Blood on the Sun are played by Chinese, Korean, and Caucasian actors; for example, Robert Armstrong is cast as Colonel Tojo, while Premiere Tenaka is enacted by John Emery. Having lapsed into the public domain, Blood on the Sun is available from several distributors and also exists in a computer-colorized version.
Publisher: [United States] : AmpopFilms : Made available through hoopla, 1945.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 98 min.)) : sd., col.

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Jan 12, 2013

I realize that WWII had just ended, and it was undoubtedly hugely emotional in the U.S., and worldwide, at that time. And I absolutely love my country, God bless it, but this was a lot of anti-Japanese propagandist bunk. Karate-chop Cagney vs. the plotting, sneaky Japanese, portrayed primarily by non-Asians (!) How embarrassing some of our film and television history is. Political correctness has gotten out of control, but this is a prime, insulting example of why it should exist. I'd try to be understanding watching this were I a Japanese individual, but it wouldn't be easy. It ruined any respectability and credibility the film might've had otherwise.

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Jan 12, 2013

Nick Condon: "Forgive your enemies, but first get even."

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