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Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)

Cast: Tomisaburo Wakayama, Akihiro Tomikawa
Director: Kenji Misumi
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Animeigo
Genre: Action, Foreign, Japan, Samurai
Running Time: 83 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English
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The first in a series of six films based on the long-running manga concerns Ogami Itto (Tomisaburo Wakayama), a shogun's executioner who is framed by the Yagyu clan and forced into exile as a wandering assassin for hire. After the killing of his wife by the Yagyus, Ogami gives his young son Daigoro the choice between instant death (a ball) and the life of the ronin (a sword). As the child reaches for the sword, father and son's fate is sealed to a life of violence and tragedy. Wheeling Daigoro through the countryside in a baby cart rigged with deadly weapons, Ogami comes to a town held hostage by brigands, where he is to stop a planned assassination. The final duel between Ogami and the Yagyu man at dawn is exhilarating and beautifully filmed. Although extremely violent and gore-drenched, the series remains highly stylized and remarkably intelligent. The first two episodes of the series were edited together and released in the U.S. as Shogun Assassin. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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the last samurai by cammelltoe December 8, 2003 - 11:18 PM PST
15 out of 15 members found this review helpful
This one's got it all. Wakayama Tomisaburo wanders the countryside with his kid and graphically kills people for money. Sword of Vengenance is oozing with samurai-eiga cred, with Shintaro "Zatoichi" Katsu (who is also Tomisaburo's brother) producing and Misumi Kenji masterfully directing the carnage. The only thing better is the sequel, Baby Cart at the River Styx, which you may have already seen in the Corman-produced english dub job, Shogun Assassin (which is also great). Vastly better than the boring hollywood version, Road to Perdition, and a great stepping off point for the hack and slash action of Tarantino's Kill Bill, Lone Wolf and Cub is a must for any samurai, martial arts, god damn good movie junkie.

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(Average 7.85)
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