Sunday, May 17, 2009

Revenge Of The Bushido Blade (1978)

1978 - Revenge Of The Bushido Blade (Last Reunion Co Ltd/American National Enterprises Inc)

[also released as “The Last Reunion” and “Ninja Nightmare”]

Director/Editor Jay Wertz Story Kim Ramos Screenplay Donald G. Thompson Producers Leo Fong, Frank E. Johnson Executive Producers Leoncio Imperial, B.T. Anderson Associate Producers Charles D. Kendall, Jeff Krogh Cinematography Frank E. Johnson Music William Loose Additional Music Johnny Mandel Production Design Ted Allan Art Director Francisco Balangue Set Decorator Gavino Payawal Special Effects Danny Dominguez 1st Assistant Director Hernan Robles 2nd Assistant Director/Stunt Coordinator Ulysses Formanez Stunts PMP Stuntmen, D’Vultures Stuntmen Philippines Production Manager Artemio Tecson US Production Manager Joe Melody Editorial Consultant Bernie Gribble Associate Editors Dino Dimuro, Buffy Offner Apprentice Editors Eric Scott, Jill Nemiro Negative Cutter Suzanne Gervey Camera Assistants Bob Hayes, John Stafford 2nd Unit Cameraman Danny Nogales Location Mixer Jeff Skaletsky Boom Man Oscar Magnaye Sound Transfers Les Kisling Wardrobe Erwin Arenas, Lily Guzman Make Up Tony Artieda, Totoy Serna Gaffer Tony Canon Key Grip Bert Maclang Grips Renee Balicas, Manuel Tropa, Victor Cicogo Stills Ricky Francisco, Pam Fialka Production Assistants Lito Mendoza, Nick Vitales, Lorenzo Millo, Leo Acapulco Comptroller Cynthia L. Harper Production Secretary Remy Blanco Location Accountant Pete Vallejo Layout Artist Bing Santos Title Design Gerry Woolery, John G. Thompson

Cast Cameron Mitchell (Sam Hacker), Leo Fong (Tamon Matsuda), Vic Silayan (Raul Amante), Hal Bokar (Tom Steadman), Philip Baker Hall (Mike Sills), Stack Pierce (Frank Washington), Charlie Davao (Dante Salazar), Chanda Romero (Rita), Hope Holiday (Sally the Singer), Mariwin Roberts (Shayna), Henri Salcedo (Director), Jose Mari Avellana (Liang), Kim Ramos (Quantez), Pros Justiano (Ishima), Sage Downing (Secretary), Pol Enriquez (Taxi Driver), Paul LeClair (Disco Bartender), Galen Thompson (Captain Kimbro), Rob Stuart (Corporal Steadman), Paul Bailey (Lieutenant Hacker), Allan Wing (Corporal Sills), Larry Silayan (Lieutenant Amante), James Gaines (Corporal Washington), Charlie Davao Jr (Private Salazar), Ricky Bernardo (Private Quantez), Butz Aquino (General Matsuda), Roma Roces (Miekko Matsuda), Ruben Tizon Jr (Young Tamon Matsuda), Paterno Punio (Cruz), Minnie Badong (Belen), Nonette Garcia (Script Girl), Belen Vasquez (Make Up Girl), Bernardo Guindayao (Sergeant Orate), Paul Nunez (PC Officer), Virgie Lee (Hostess), Bernadette Bleza (Hostess), Sammy Valencia (Big Gem Bartender), Amante de Guzman (Bar Patron), Boy Acosta (Bar Patron), Loida Miano (Desk Clerk), Eduardo Herrera (Cock Fight Patron), Michael Borja (Cock Fight Patron)

Review on the Internet Movie Database:

Played on one drive-in in Seattle (with ads saying "More action that Shogun"), this is a pretty good movie. In 1944 in the Pacific, a group of American soldiers raided a Japanese fort killing all the soldiers and killing a little kid's dad and raping his mom (who they both speak terrible Japanese) before killing her. The boys hides and lives through the ordeal, only to become a successful businessman in 1976 (Played by Leo Fong). He is bend on revenge as he kills the soldiers one by one. (Philip Baker Hall has a great decapitation scene). Familar character actors Stack Pierce and Cameron Mitchell play the other soldiers (and later stars in other Fong's films). Not bad.

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