I love the Kurasawa/Mifune Samurai films, so Soleil Rouge is a perfect link between them and my SW’s. Pity I’ve only got a crappy fullscreen version, but I heard a rumour that it was filmed in this aspect ratio. Can anyone confirm this?
i can’t confirm it but it wouldn’t surprise me, every release i’ve come across, DVD or VHS has always been full screen, i wasn’t that impressed with the film anyhow, the reason i watched it in the first place was that Luc Merenda was in it!
Watched it last night. Besides the great cast, with Mifune and Delon as out-of-place highlights, and a couple of nice jokes there really isn’t much to it, and a bit of a disappointment. But since I watched it after having just seen the dreary muck that is Flags Of Our Fathers, it seemed allright.
Red Sun was an Italian/ French/ Spanish co production so with that Italian production content it must qualify as a spaghetti by the criteria I understand for this database.
However, I get your point. It does not have an overt Spaghetti feel about it. I still like it though. And it did spawn a whole lot of imitations right up to Shanghai Noon. So you have to say it was quite influential too.
There are alot of things in this film that remind me of a spaghetti; international style of cast, quite a few mean style killings in, Charles Bronson is on ultra laid back style here (which does remind me of the kind of attitude of some spaghetti characters) and I think the music has a spaghetti feel to it.
It may not be a spaghetti or an american western, but like alot of spaghetti westerns it is a co -production which has been pointed out already I know.
Some people call it a euro western, some people say it is not this and that.
Alot of debate, but it is still a western, and quite a good one.
The versions thrown on dvd are Open Matte so you actually get the whole picture + more Make your own black bars and paste on your tv or zoom in and voila you got the 1.85 aspect ratio with nothing gone.
RED SUN 1971 ALAIN DELON CHARLES BRONSON Ursula Andress Toshiro Mifune
Director : Terence Young
This is one of the memorable all star cast international SW masterpieces with a top notch
director in Terence Young.
The teaming of Alain Delon and Charles Bronson is one the screen’s all time greatest and
they already worked together in the excellent buddy thriller FAREWELL FRIEND 1970
where the delicious leading lady was OLGA GEORGES-PICOT :-* :-* :-*
A spaghetti western that is one of the VERY few that American critics have said good things about. Officially but not actually, the first East meets West western. A Stranger in Japan hadn’t been released yet. Starring Charles Bronson, Toshiro Mifune, and Ursella Andress.