Blood on the Sun

Blood on the Sun

Frank Lloyd (1945)

PG Certificate


Our Score
The Cagney brothers chose a formidable subject for their second independent production, with Bill producing and James starring as an aggressive (what else?) editor of an American newspaper in Tokyo, who daringly publishes the Japanese Master Plan for world domination. As you can imagine, this doesn't go down too well with Colonel Tojo, nor did the film with the public when it was released. As scripted by blacklisted left-wing Hollywood Ten veteran Lester Cole, this movie packs a powerhouse message, but the propaganda content overwhelms the drama and, despite the valiant efforts of Cagney, Sylvia Sidney and Robert Armstrong (King Kong) as Tojo himself, the melodrama doesn't really catch fire.


The American editor of a newspaper in 1930s Tokyo uncovers evidence of a plan by the military government to invade China, and decides that the rest of the world should know the truth. However, publishing his findings earns him the wrath of the authorities and he is persecuted by corrupt police. Melodrama, with James Cagney, Sylvia Sidney, Wallace Ford and Robert Armstrong.

Cast & Crew

Nick Condon James Cagney
Iris Hilliard Sylvia Sidney
Ollie Miller Wallace Ford
Col Tojo Robert Armstrong
Edith Miller Rosemary DeCamp
Premier Tanaka John Emery
Hijikata Leonard Strong
Arthur Bickett Porter Hall
Director Frank Lloyd
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD