Soleil rouge

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Soleil rouge (France, Italy 1971 / Director: Terence Young)

  • Runtime: 113 min
  • Release Date: 15.9.1971 (France)
  • Filming locations: Almeria, Granada

Also known as

Sole rosso (Italy) | Red Sun (U.S.A.) | Sol rojo (Spain) | Rivalen unter roter Sonne (Germany) | Sol vermelho (Portugal) | Samuraje i kowboje (Poland) | Samuraj i kowboje (Poland)| Blodrod Sol (Swedish) | Den bloröda solen (Finland) | Verenpunainen aurinko (Finland) | Den røde sol (Denmark) | Kirmizi günes (Turkey) | Monomahia ston kokkino ilio (Greece) | The Magnificient Three (Philippines) | レッド・サン Red Sun (Japan) | Чeрвено слънце (Bulgaria)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Charles Bronson (Link Stuart), Ursula Andress (Cristina), Toshiro Mifune (Kuroda Jubie), Alain Delon (Gauche), Capucine (Pepita), Barta Barri [as Bart Barry](Gauche bandit), Guido Lollobrigida [as Lee Burton], Anthony Dawson [as Tony Dawson](Hyatt, Gauche bandit), Gianni Medici [as John Hamilton](Miguel, Gauche bandit), Georges Lycan [as George W. Lycan](Gauche bandit), Luc Merenda [as Luke Merenda](Chato, sheepherder bandit), Satoshi Nakamoura (Japanese Ambassador), José Nieto [as Jo Nieto](murdered Mexican farmer), Julio Peña [as Jules Pena](Hunt, dynamite expert bandit), Monica Randall (Maria), Hiroshi Tanaka (Samurai), John B. Vermont
  • Also with: José Jaspe (train engineer), Ricardo Palacios (Pogo), Mario de Barros (Mace, Gauche lieutenant), Antonio Ponciano (Sheriff Stone), Raul Castro (Comanche), Ricardo Rodriguez (Comanche), Roman Ariznavarreta (soldier at train), Jorge Riguad (soldier at train)
  • Story: Laird Koenig
  • Screenplay: Laird Koenig, Denne Bart Petitclerc, William Roberts, Lawrence Roman
  • Cinematography: Enrique Alekan [as Henri Alekan] [Technicolor, widescreen]
  • Music: Maurice Jarre
  • Producer: Ted Richmond


In what was billed as "The First East-Meets-West Western," Toshiro Mifune plays Kuroda, a samurai warrior who accompanies a Japanese diplomat to the United States. The diplomat has brought with him a golden, jewel-encrusted sword to present as a token of good will to the president, but as they travel by train through the west, they're ambushed by a pair of outlaws, Gauche (Alain Delon) and Link (Charles Bronson). Gauche steals the sword, but Link learns the hard way about his partner's trustworthiness when Gauche double-crosses him and makes off with the booty. Since both Kuroda and Link have a grudge against Gauche, they warily join forces to track him down and return the sword to its rightful owner. Along the way, they have to deal with cultural conflict, Indian attacks, and encounters with beautiful women (played by Capucine and Ursula Andress). Given its cast and theme, Red Sun was predictably enough a major box-office success in Europe and Japan, but it passed through with little notice in the United States.

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