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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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Tomisaburô Wakayama ...
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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 ...
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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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Inspector Yagyu Bizen-no-Kami: Men, take Ogami Itto!
Ogami Itto: This is too odd! Inspector Bizen... What is the meaning of these uniformed men? Was it your intent to take me away from the beginning?
Inspector Yagyu Bizen-no-Kami: Naturally, in such an emergency as this!
Ogami Itto: If that were so, they would have come here openly. Besides, there shouldn't have been any reason to hide your uniforms.
[Grabs a guard]
Ogami Itto: Furthermore, how do you explain the armor? If you were in such a rush to come here, why did you take the time to don this?
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Good, decent Samurai film...first of a series.
4 September 2003 | by (Leiden , The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Sword of Vengeance is the first film in a series about a noble samurai and his son fallen from grace through a conspiracy, and now under a constant fear of death by assassination. This movie by itself is a fine example of how a more modern, 'slasher' style Samurai film and 'old' values like honor and '1-good-Samurai-defeats-army-of-bad-Samurai' can be put together to make a solid, entertaining film. The later films are sometimes better, sometimes worse than this movie, but I found all of them to be very entertaining and worthwhile.

If you like to see some classic Samurai action, check out the whole serie of six films. Years later they took all the juicy bits out of the first four films and stitched them together to form the film 'Shogun Assassin', a film I suspect made for export to western countries: Less story, more blood.


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