Red Sun (1971)

TERENCE YOUNG

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

Original title:  Soleil Rouge

France/Italy/Spain, 1971.  Les Films Corona, , .  Story by , Dialogue by , adaptation by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

East meets west in this fun western that combines the star power of  with the brooding genius of .  Bronson and his merry men of outlaws, including sadistic gunman , hold up a train travelling from San Francisco to Washington with the ambassador of Japan as one of its passengers. The brigands rob the visiting statesman of his gold, then Delon goes rogue and kills one of the Japanese bodyguards and leaves Bronson for dead. The surviving bodyguard (Mifune) teams up with our maligned hero to go after the bad guy for a little revenge (and remuneration), along the way picking up his prostitute lady love (a stunning ) and adding her to the wagon train. Light as a feather and completely devoid of substance or sense, the film is diverting and worthy for its cast, which also includes and a host of Spanish extras (it’s a French production shot in Spain) painted up to look like Comanches.

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