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Kozure ôkami: Ko wo kashi ude kashi tsukamatsuru (1972)

 -  Action | Drama  -  23 August 1973 (USA)
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The story of a Ronin (i.e. a masterless samurai) who wanders the countryside of Japan with his small child, having various adventures.

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Fumio Watanabe ...
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Osen (whore)
Shigeru Tsuyuguchi ...
Kurando Yagyû
Asao Uchida ...
Kenmotsu Sugito
Taketoshi Naitô ...
Ichige
Yoshi Katô ...
Danjô Tonami
Keiko Fujita ...
Azami Ogami
Reiko Kasahara ...
Crazy Woman
Akihiro Tomikawa ...
Kauji Sokiyamo
Teruo Matsuyama ...
Monnosuke
Shun'ya Wazaki ...
Horii
Michimaro Kotabe
Saburô Date
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In this first film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, adapted from the manga by Kazuo Koike, we are told the story of the Lone Wolf and Cub's origin. Ogami Itto, the official Shogunate executioner, has been framed for disloyalty to the Shogunate by the Yagyu clan, against whom he now is waging a one-man war, along with his infant son, Daigoro. Written by Anonymous

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Also Known As:

Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance  »

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Inspector Yagyu Bizen-no-Kami: So you see, as three warriors have paid their lives to present this declaration I must now exercise my official right to inspect your shrine. Ogami, take me to the shrine.
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Ogami Itto: To pay respect to, and to offer prayers for the souls of those I have been ordered to execute by the Shogunate I have built this shrine.
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Ogami Itto: Why it's...!
Inspector Yagyu Bizen-no-Kami: What do we have here? Of all things... a death memorial tablet bearing the emblem of ...
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One of my most favourate films
9 January 2014 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Sword of Vengeance is a hugely pleasant surprise. The film is surprisingly mature in its visuals, storytelling, and action. It feels way ahead of its time and it is quite amazing. It is a perfect blend of depth and pure samurai action. One of the best samurai (chanbara) movies I've ever seen. Granted, I haven't seen many. I did hugely enjoyed this film.

Lone Wolf and Cub gets its appeal from its hugely unique style. The subtle intensity of the fight scenes in the sound design (or lack thereof) and cinematography is staggering. There is this powerful aura within the film that is utterly engaging.

Overall, Lone Wolf and Cub is an outstanding chanbara film that achieves a powerful unique marriage of style and substance. an absolute masterpiece when it comes to the samurai genre


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