Blood on the Sun (1945) James Cagney and Sylvia Sidney (hat tip Tom)
In pre-World War II Tokyo the American newspaper editor Nick Condon (James Cagney) working for an English-language daily paper aimed at the American business community is given a document relating to Japan's foreign affairs which could have political ramifications if found.
He meets up with Iris Hilliard (Sylvia Sidney), a woman who wants to secure the document even if it means dealing with the Japanese secret police and their threats.
The thesis that one good American can lick any number of Japs doing
anything from using the old think-box to fighting in the native Judo
style is expounded with considerable cocksureness and magnificent
muscular display in James Cagney's latest picture, "Blood on the Sun,"
which came to the Capitol yesterday.
In this strictly robust spy drama, Mr. Cagney goes all the way back
to the sort of stuff he was doing in his youthful gang-busting days.
That is to say, he is clashing with a sinister underworld "mob," the
same being the Japanese warmongers, with Premier Baron Tanaka as their
"brains"; he is "casing" the nature of their racket right in their own
domain, and he is slugging it out at the finish with their plug-ugly
As an American newspaper writer in Japan around 1929, Mr. Cagney is
here presented as the transmitter or the famed "Tanaka plan." (This
"plan," you no doubt remember, was the sensational document which was
alleged to show the Japanese scheme for conquests when it was "exposed"
in 1929.) Quite contrary to the facts that history tells us, this "plan"
falls into Mr. Cagney's hands while he is doing a job of snooping on
the Japanese high mucky-mucks. And his task is to bang onto it boldly
(which he isn't able to do throughout), play a shrewd game with Tanaka
and finally rush the papers out in a slugging "chase."
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