Just from the magnificent poster I had to see this, immediately. Red Sun has such an incredible international all star line up! American action monster superstar Charles Bronson, Swiss sex bomb Honey Rider aka Ursula Andress, Japanese megastar Toshiro Mifune aka Kikuchiyo of the Seven Samurai and sexy Frenchman hitman Alain Delon, a samurai from another life.
Tagline – The greatest fighting machine the west has ever known….
Now the story goes, a bunch of Japanese tourists decide to take a delightful train trip through the old West. Only to have their holiday disrupted by a callous bunch of bandidos and train robbers. Taking over the train and swiftly blowing up tons of stuff they make off with a whole heap of loot and a ceremonial Japanese sword which was to be presented to the President of the United States, one Ulysses S. Grant. Now these Japanese guys are not what the locals expected, these guys are tough as nails Samurai warriors. One Samurai, Kuroda Jubie (Mifune), takes on the task of tracking down the person who stole the sword and caused all this mayhem.
Chain ganged into helping Kuroda on his retrieve and destroy mission is the ever cheeky and good natured Link Stuart (Bronson). He’s not practically pleased with this situation so tries every waking minute trying to escape his serious samurai stalker. Whilst larking about with their cat and mouse actions and they start to respect and understand each other.
Tagline – The first East meets West Western!
Being pursued is the treacherous and ruthless lefthanded gunman Gotch “Gauche” Kink (Delon) leader of a gang of wayward rebels. Gotch’s has one weakness in his hard exterior, that for the naughty and feisty strumpet Cristina (Andress). A girl who knows how to play and twist events in her favour. And as a special treat for the lads and maybe some girls too, we get to see her puppies, hubba hubba.
Just to make matters worse for our traveling samurai warrior and his cowboy partner, there is also a psychotic bunch of Comanches on the loose having a pop at everyone. Can our two unconventional friends over come the baddies and restore honour in the heat of the rising red sun? Tune into this original take on the western genre to find out.
Directed by Terence Young who directed three massive James Bond films, Dr No, From Russia With Love and Thunderball, you know you are going to be in good hands.
Fun Fact – Toshiro Mifune is from the Seven Samurai and Charles Bronson from the remake The Magnificent Seven.
Let me know what you thought of it if you’ve seen it, now pass the popcorn and most importantly, have fun… All the best… Mikey Wolfman
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