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Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)

Kozure Ôkami: Ko wo kashi ude kashi tsukamatsuru (original title)
Unrated | | Action, Adventure | 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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Kenmotsu Sugito
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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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Trivia

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.
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Followed by Kozure Okami: Jigoku e ikuzo! Daigorô (1974) See more »

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Amazing
29 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

Absolutely breathtaking. I thought it was a bit too violent, a bit too sexual, and a little weird. But all of these things only added to the experience. This is a movie truly for comic book fans. But then again, I like serious movies that are extremely violent and well, it looks like I am watching the right type of stuff. .

Now the story is so captivating, it is the first time in a while that I was watching an Asian film and was really excited, but patiently waited and watched with great interest as the story unfolded. The final battle of the movie was great and really has you saying, "man, I hope this story continues". And ALL of the characters are wonderful as they are bursting with character in their appearance. The acting is also superb. Overall I would have to give this film a 10 out of 10


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