Red Sun (1971)

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    • Red Sun (1971)

      RED SUN



      Plot Summary
      The Japanese ambassador is traveling through the Wild West by train, when gangsters hold up the train, to rob a gold shipment. They also carry an ancient Japanese sword the ambassador was carrying as a present for the US president. The ambassador's bodyguard (Toshiro Mifune) will go after them, with the aid of one of the gang's leaders betrayed by his pals...
      Written by Artemis-9

      Charles Bronson ... Link Stuart
      Ursula Andress ... Cristina
      Toshirô Mifune...Kuroda Jubie (as Toshiro Mifune)
      Alain Delon ... Gotch 'Gauche' Kink
      Capucine ... Pepita
      Barta Barri ... Paco (as Bart Barry)
      Guido Lollobrigida ... Mace (as Lee Burton)
      Anthony Dawson ... Hyatt (as Tony Dawson)
      Gianni Medici ... Miguel (as John Hamilton)
      Georges Lycan ... Sheriff Stone (as George W. Lycan)
      Luc Merenda ... Chato (as Luke Merenda)
      Tetsu Nakamura ... Japanese Ambassador (as Satoshi Nakamura)
      José Nieto ... Murdered Mexican farmer (as Jo Nieto)
      Julio Peña ... Peppie (as Jules Pena)
      Mónica Randall ... Maria (as Monica Randall)
      Hiroshi Tanaka ... 2nd Samurai
      and many more...

      Terence Young

      Writing Credits
      Laird Koenig ... (story)
      Denne Bart Petitclerc ... (adaptation) &
      William Roberts ... (adaptation) &
      Lawrence Roman ... (adaptation)
      Gerald Devriès ... (dialogue) (as Gerald Devries)

      Robert Dorfmann ... producer
      Ted Richmond ... associate producer

      Maurice Jarre

      Henri Alekan

      One of the Seven Samurai (Toshirô Mifune) and one of The Magnificent Seven (Charles Bronson) are in the movie.

      The movie stars U.S. born Charles Bronson, Japanese actor Toshirô Mifune, French actor Alain Delon and Swiss actress Ursula Andress. It was filmed in Spain by the British director Terence Young.

      This movie made Charles Bronson a huge star in Japan. Around this time, Bronson also did an ad for a Japanese cologne for which he earned $100,000 for just 4 days work.

      John Huston considered this, Red River (1948) and Stagecoach (1939) to be among the three best westerns ever made.

      The Japanese Ambassador refers to the emperor as the "Mikado". This term originated with the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta of the same name and became widely used in the West in reference to Japanese culture. No such term existed in Japan until after the operetta became internationally famous in the 1880s; well after the time-line presented in Red Sun.

      Charles Bronson's character is called Link - 'links' is the German word for 'Left' The man who betrays him is 'Gauche' - which is the French word for 'Left'.

      Terence Young had previously cast Ursula Andress and Anthony DawsonDr. No (1962). Young also cast Dawson in two other James Bond films - From Russia with Love (1963) and Thunderball (1965).

      Ursula Andress loved the Andalusian Stallion she rode in the movie. She also fell in love with the area and bought a Spanish villa during the shoot.

      Terence Young intended reuniting his cast for the drug trade thriller "Opium" in the late 1970s. Omar Sharif would also have starred, but the project never materialised.

      Toshiro Mifune signed early.

      Terence Young originally wanted Clint Eastwood to star.

      The film was originally to be made for Warner Bros but was eventually made by France's Corona Films, headed by Robert Dorfman and Ted Richmond.

      Charles Bronson filmed this movie at the same time as Chato's Land (1972).

      Toshiro Mifune entertained the cast and crew throughout the entire production with his refined culinary skills, bringing over a supply of Japanese meats, watercress, seaweed, and other ingredients. He would also exchange recipes for French and Italian dishes, including spaghetti.

      Originally the film was intended to be made in 1967 after associate producer Ted Richmond's Villa Rides (1968), with Laird Koenig writing the original draft. Koenig eventually received a story credit as the script was drastically reworked a number of times, most significantly by Denne Bart Petitclerc. David A. Goodman was also brought to write a version in 1968, and final screenplay credits in 1971 went to Petitclerc, William Roberts, and Lawrence Roman.

      At the same time he signed on to this film, Terence Young was also preparing a biography of artist Benvenuto Cellini, potentially to star Claudia Cardinale, Raquel Welch, Ursula Andress, Romy Schneider, and Kim Novak. That film would never come to fruition, but that connection meant Andress was retained to star in this film instead.

      Terence Young clashed throughout the production with Ted Richmond, who later told International Soundtrack Madrid in 1971, "We were both under tremendous tension, but I'm planning three more pictures with Young." Not surprisingly, that turned out to be wishful thinking as the two never worked together again.

      Before handing off screenplay duties, Ted Richmond based the idea for the film on a story he heard from an authority on Eastern history about a Japanese representative dishonored during a trip through the American West. He prepared a 15-page outline and courted Toshiro Mifune for the role during a trip to Japan in 1966, getting the first casting commitment for the international cast

      The costly production went smoothly for the most part, though a heavy, unexpected rainstorm added 18 days to the shooting schedule.

      Family man Charles Bronson brought an entourage of 16 people to the set, including wife Jill Ireland and their five children.

      The busy schedules of Alain Delon and Capucine meant that they flew back to France and Switzerland respectively for weekends and were helicoptered back to the location each Monday.

      This film was part of a three-picture deal that Terence Young had with Charles Bronson that also included Cold Sweat (1970) and The Valachi Papers (1972).

      Link loses his bedroll when he intentionally rolls down the cliff. At the bottom, it lands next to him.

      Crew or equipment visible
      Equipment visible at 43:43 in lower left hand corner.

      Factual errors
      This story takes place around 1870. During the train robbery, several calvary soldiers are shown with foreign type bolt action rifles. The US calvary troops were not issued bolt action rifles during this period, but were equipped with either lever-action Spencer carbines or single-shot Sharps carbines, with single-shot "trap-door" Springield carbines being introduced in 1873.

      When Link Stuart at the end is waiting for the train he looks at the train coming around the bend. Behind the train you can clearly (blu-ray) see a car driving along a road near the tracks.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      La Calahorra, Granada, Andalucía, Spain (railroad scenes)
      Adra, Almería, Spain
      Manzanares el Real, Madrid, Spain
      Tabernas, Almería, Andalucía, Spain
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 2 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Red Sun (French: Soleil rouge) is a 1971 French-Italian-Spanish Western film with an international cast.
      It stars American-born actor Charles Bronson, Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune,
      French actor Alain Delon and Swiss actress Ursula Andress.
      It was filmed in Spain by the British director Terence Young.
      It was released in the United States in 1972.

      Cast notes
      Bronson starred in The Magnificent Seven, an American remake of Seven Samurai which featured Mifune.

      The project was announced in 1968 with Toshiro Mifune attached early on.
      Ted Richmond Productions were going to make it for Warner Bros-Seven Arts.
      Clint Eastwood was mentioned as a possible early co star.
      The film was eventually made by France's Corona Films, headed by Robert Dorfman and Ted Richmond

      User Review

      Toshiro Mifune GREAT!!!!
      6 April 1999 | by Buslady (SoCal)

      buslady wrote:

      I just got Red Sun and enjoyed it. It's kinda hard to explain it in writing, you have to watch it. It's worth the time. Charles Bronson fans will like his performance as Link, a thief who's forced to team up with Toshiro Mifune's character Kuroda-a Samurai who has 7 days to get back a sword stolen while traveling to the US capital in 1870(around that time); the sword was to be a gift to the prez.

      Toshiro's performace was great, simply great. Fans will like this. It is very odd to hear him speak english...especially when he never really learned it in the first place! There's many great little bits in the movie like when Link is trying to escape from Kuroda...he just can't get away from him. They way Kuroda begins to really relax in the saloon cracks me up..he's usually stiff and mean looking..well, not that mean looking. I voted a 10 for this.

      Best Wishes
      London- England

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