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Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)

Kozure ôkami: Ko wo kashi ude kashi tsukamatsuru (original title)
Unrated | | Action | 23 August 1973 (USA)
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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Tomisaburô Wakayama ...
Fumio Watanabe ...
Bizennokami Yagyû
Tomoko Mayama ...
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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Sugito: Lately, I've been having awful nightmares. The voices may be the souls of those you've beheaded... they curse me from ponds of blood... or mountains of spikes... from ghastly places... I can hear them as they send chills down my spine. They say that they'll put a curse upon the Ogami line and they keep repeating that over and over. I am consumed with fear for our child's safety.
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A brilliant start to the series
11 January 2014 | by (Glasgow) – See all my reviews

Part 1 of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, known as "Sword of Vengeance", which literal translation reads: "Child and Expertise for Rent".

A sublime masterpiece! Yojimbo (1961) left a tremendous legacy behind and it was precisely in the brutal 70s where exploitation grindhouse flicks were at their peak, slicing every human being in feudal Japan. Grabbing influence from Sword of Doom (1966) and completely forgotten action-oriented samurai movies like Tokuzô Tanaka's The Betrayal (1966), the first entry into a prolific and long-running samurai saga is a bold feast to watch, with western elements, gorgeous shots and Wakayama as a tremendous future star whose looks are definitely not what they seem. Amazing storytelling.


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