The Bushido Blade

For other uses, see Bushido Blade.
The Bushido Blade
Directed by Tom Kotani
Produced by Jules Bass
(executive producer)
Benni Korzen,
Masaki Îzuka
(associate producer)
Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Written by William Overgard
Starring Sonny Chiba
Frank Converse
Music by Maury Laws
Cinematography Shôji Ueda
Edited by Yoshitami Kuroiwa
Anne V. Coates (sup)
Trident Films
Distributed by Aquarius Releasing
Saguenay Films
Release dates
Running time
104 min.
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English / Japanese

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.[1]


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.[2]


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