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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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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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Footage from the first two Lone Wolf and Cub films (Sword of Vengeance and Baby Cart on the River Styx) from 1972 (Japan) would years later be re-edited into an American film called Shogun Assassin (1980). This merger of the two films would go on to earn it's place in American pop culture as one of the most notorious exploitation films of the early 80's. See more »

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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.
[They go to the shrine]
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.
Inspector Yagyu Bizen-no-Kami: It is most respectful! I am moved. It does you great credit, Ogami.
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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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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