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The Bushido Blade (1981)

R | | Action, Drama, History | 1981 (USA)
A steel samurai blade that was to be given to the American ambassador by the Emperor of Japan is stolen. American sailors and Japanese samurai are sent to find it.

Director:

Tsugunobu Kotani (as Tom Kotani)

Writer:

William Overgard (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Richard Boone ... Commodore Matthew Perry
Toshirô Mifune ... Shogun's Commander
Mike Starr ... Bos'n Cave Johnson (as Michael Starr)
Timothy Patrick Murphy ... Midshipman Robin Burr (as Timothy Murphy)
Frank Converse ... Captain Lawrence Hawk
William Ross William Ross ... Perry's Aide
Bin Amatsu Bin Amatsu ... Baron Zen
Shin'ichi Chiba ... Prince Ido (as Sony Chiba)
Iwae Arai Iwae Arai ... Guide
Mayumi Asano Mayumi Asano ... Yuki
James Earl Jones ... The Prisoner
Laura Gemser ... Tomoe
Mako ... Enjiro
Kin Ômae Kin Ômae ... Sumo (as Kin Omai)
Tetsurô Tanba ... Lord Yamato
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A steel samurai blade that was to be given to the American ambassador by the Emperor of Japan is stolen. American sailors and Japanese samurai are sent to find it.

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A ruthless struggle between two nations. See more »

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Action | Drama | History

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bloody Bushido Blade See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Runtime:

| (TV premiere)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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The title scroll shows copyright 1979 by Trident Films. See more »

Alternate Versions

First shown in USA in a 92-minute version on cable television, prior to a theatrical release in the USA of the complete 104-minute version, this retitled "The Bloody Bushido Blade." See more »

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A premature Shogun or Last Samurai at best
8 November 2005 | by viewtifuljoe1010See all my reviews

When I heard this movie had both cult classic Sonny Chiba, and the infamous Toshiro Mifune, how could I resist! Not to mention James Earl Jones for a little extra flavour.

Yes despite having Darth Vader, The Street Fighter, and Sanjuro (Yojimbo), the main character was instead one of the less popular names, Frank Converse, as the Captain who must retrieve the stolen "Bushido Blade". Retrive the sword stolen from non-other then a band of Samurai who are against the modernization of Japan. The treaty that both the American and Japanese must sign is held in the balance of this sword. The Japanese refuse to sign the treaty until the president of the US receives the "Bushido Blade".

Although much of the history is incorrect, it does still show the kind of comparison of the eastern and western culture you'd expect from this kind of film. Its not a bad film, if you liked the Last Samurai or Shogun, then this one would be one to check out, just do yourself a favor and don't compare it to the ladder two.


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