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Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)
"Kozure ôkami: Ko wo kashi ude kashi tsukamatsuru" (original title)

 -  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomisaburô Wakayama ...
Fumio Watanabe ...
Bizennokami Yagyû
Tomoko Mayama ...
Osen (whore)
Shigeru Tsuyuguchi ...
Kurando Yagyû
Asao Uchida ...
Kenmotsu Sugito
Taketoshi Naitô ...
Ichige
Yoshi Katô ...
Danjô Tonami
Yoshiko Fujita ...
Azami Ogami
Reiko Kasahara ...
Crazy Woman
Akihiro Tomikawa ...
Kauji Sokiyamo
Teruo Matsuyama ...
Monnosuke
Toshiya Wazaki ...
Horii
Michimaro Otabe
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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Ogami Itto: I am the Second designated by the Shogunate... Ogami Itto.
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superb movie, this was a major influence on quentin Tarantino's kill bill
30 December 2013 | by (birmingham) – See all my reviews

My knowledge in Japanese samurai films is a bit narrow, but I'll take the chance to draw a parallelism between east and west cinema that could sound blasphemous or stupid to somebody who knows more about it. But I suppose, if westerns had John Ford as a traditionalist filmmaker and Sergio Leone as a revolutioner who shattered that sanitized and mythic image and made it dirty and unheroic, I could apply that same logic to samurai films of Akira Kurosawa and then to what Kenji Misumi accomplished in this first chapter. I guess that shallow explanation could serve a newcomer to picture what kind of brilliant and bloody action film they'll find here. also judging from the bloody fight scenes its clear where Tarantino got his influence for his Kill Bill films.


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