The western with the most unexpected cast you’ll ever come across: Charles Bronson, Alain Delon, Toshiro Mifune and Ursula Andress on the hunt for a stolen katana
Fast-paced and enjoyable action from Terence Young, the man who directed the first James Bond films
A glance at the cast is enough to tell you that this is no typical western: the hard-as-nails Charles Bronson, the charming Alain Delon, and above all the icy Toshiro Mifune, the imperious hero of so many samurai films by Japanese master Akira Kurosawa. Without forgetting about Ursula Andress, who gives the film an undisputable sensual charge. Behind the camera, a director guaranteed to bring a fast-paced rhythm and enjoyable action: Terence Young, director of the first James Bond films. With Michel Jarre, the two-time Oscar-winning composer for Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, rounding off the incredible line-up. It was a great success at the time, and still manages to enthral and entertain today.
Some bandits attack a train bound for Washington carrying the Japanese Ambassador. They kill him and steal a precious katana, a gift from the Emperor of the Land of the Rising Sun to the American President. One of the ambassador’s bodyguards, a samurai warrior, to absolve himself from shame and recover the precious sword, forges an alliance with an outlaw and sets out after the bandits.