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Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)

Kozure ôhkami - ko wo kashi ude kashi tsu (original title)
Not Rated | | 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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Fumio Watanabe ...
Gô Katô ...
Ikiyu
Tomoko Mayama ...
Osen (whore)
Yûko Hama
Shigeru Tsuyuguchi ...
Kurando Yagyû
Asao Uchida ...
Kenmotsu Sugito
Taketoshi Naitô ...
Yoshi Katô ...
Danjô Tonami
Keiko Fujita ...
Azami Ogami
Isao Yamagata
Reiko Kasahara ...
Crazy Woman
Ichirô Nakae
Michitarô Mizushima
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Daigoro
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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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Ogami Itto: You would've been happier if you'd chosen to join your mother in her world.
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Version of Shogun Assassin (1980) See more »

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Beautiful, disturbing, bloody & touching.
16 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

I hold true to my summary. Beautiful. I belive that the cinematography is excellent in perspective and atmosphere. Disturbing. There is a rape scene which is not gratuitous in its presentation but is nevertheless disturbing. Bloody. It is a samuri/swordplay film after all. Touching. There is a gruff honor about this film that I truly appreciated. The ideas of duty, honor, disgrace and vengence meet here. If you like the genre I think that you will like this movie.


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