GenreAction, Drama, History Music directorMaury Laws LanguageEnglish / Japanese
WriterWilliam Overgard (screenplay) Release date1981 CastRichard Boone (Matthew Perry), Toshir? Mifune (Shogun\'s Commander), Mike Starr (Bos\'n Cave Johnson), Timothy Patrick Murphy (Midshipman Robin Burr), Sonny Chiba (Prince Ido), James Earl Jones (The Prisoner) Similar moviesToshiro Mifune and Sonny Chiba appear in Bushido Blade and Shoguns Samurai
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The Bushido Blade is a 1981 film, directed by Tom Kotani. Sonny Chiba, Toshiro Mifune, Mako, Laura Gemser and James Earl Jones appear in this movie. This was Richard Boone's last film appearance.
The basic plot concept bears a strong similarity to the earlier movie Red Sun (1971), also featuring Toshiro Mifune.
Bushido Blade is a fictional sideline to the true events surrounding the treaty Commodore Matthew Perry signed with the Shogun of feudal Japan. The samurai sword entrusted to Commodore Perry for President Franklin Pierce of the United States by the Emperor of Japan is stolen by factions wishing to maintain Japanese isolationism. The sword is stolen by Baron Zen who is a servant of Lord Yamato who opposes the Convention of Kanagawa about to be signed.
Commodore Akira Hayashi is told to recover the sword and, as a matter of honor, not sign the treaty until it is recovered. Prince Ido has received Hayashi's order to regain the sword and goes to the castle of Yamato alone. Similarly, Perry has ordered Captain Lawrence Hawk to retrieve the sword. Hawk brings Midshipman Robin Gurr and Crew Bos'm Cave Johnson. The three get separated and the movie centers on their stories.
Richard Boone as Commodore Matthew C. Perry
Sonny Chiba as Prince Ido (as Sony Chiba)
Frank Converse as Captain Lawrence Hawk
Laura Gemser as Tomoe
James Earl Jones as The prisoner (A crew of the whaling ship)
Mako Iwamatsu as Enjirō (as Mako)
Timothy Murphy as Midshipman Robin Gurr
Michael Starr as L/S Cave Johnson
Tetsurô Tanba as Lord Yamato
Toshirô Mifune as Commodore Akira Hayashi
Bin Amatsu as Baron Zen
Mayumi Asano as Yuki
Kin Ōmae as Rikishi (It means sumo wrestler) (as Kin Omai)
Film director - Tom Kotani
Executive producer - Jules Bass
Associate producer - Benni Korzen, Masaki Îzuka
Producer - Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Writer - William Overgard
Music - Maury Laws
Cinematography - Shōji Ueda
Editing - Yoshitami Kuroiwa
Post-production executive - Robert D. Cardona
Editorial consultant - Anne V. Coates
Production manager - Kishirô Ōkubo
1st assistant direction - Kouichi Nakajima
Lighting - Kazuo Shimomura
Art director - Toyokazu Ôhashi
Sound recording - Yūji Miyoshi
Sound editor - Ian Crafford
Sound re-recording - Paul Carr (composer)
Dueling master - Ryu Kuze
Production secretary - Barbara Hilse
U.S.Navy coordination - Commodore William North, U.S.N.