7.4/10
8,217
90 user 67 critic

Shogun Assassin (1980)

When the wife of the Shogun's Decapitator is murdered and he is ordered to commit suicide by the paranoid Shogun, he and his four-year-old son escape and become assassins for hire, embarking on a journey of blood and violent death.

Writers:

, (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The story of a Ronin (i.e. a masterless samurai) who wanders the countryside of Japan with his small child, having various adventures.

Director: Kenji Misumi
Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Fumio Watanabe, Tomoko Mayama
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Trailed by a clan of female ninja, Ogami is paid to assassinate a clan traitor accompanied by three killers known as the Gods of Death.

Director: Kenji Misumi
Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo, Akiji Kobayashi
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Ogami Itto volunteers to be tortured by the yakuza to save a prostitute and is hired by their leader to kill an evil chamberlain.

Director: Kenji Misumi
Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Gô Katô, Yûko Hama
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Ogami is hired to kill a tattooed female assassin. Gunbei Yagyu, an enemy samurai, happens upon Ogami's son, and sees his chance for revenge.

Director: Buichi Saitô
Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Yoichi Hayashi, Michi Azuma
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the sixth and final film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, the final conflict between Ogami Itto and the Yagyu clan is carried out.

Director: Yoshiyuki Kuroda
Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Akihiro Tomikawa, Junko Hitomi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Director: Kenji Misumi
Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Akihiro Tomikawa, Gô Katô
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Five warriors challenge Ogami to duels. Each holds a part of information needed to complete the assassination of a mad clan leader.

Director: Kenji Misumi
Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Michiyo Ohkusu, Akihiro Tomikawa
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A young girl is born and raised to be an instrument of revenge.

Director: Toshiya Fujita
Stars: Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa, Masaaki Daimon
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

February 17 to March 3, 1860, inside Edo castle. A group of assassins wait by Sakurada Gate to kill the lord of the House of Ii, a powerful man in the Tokugawa government, which has ruled ... See full summary »

Director: Kihachi Okamoto
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Keiju Kobayashi, Michiyo Aratama
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Kayo Matsuo ...
Minoru Ôki ...
Master of Death (as Minoru Ohki)
Shôgen Nitta ...
Shin Kishida ...
Akihiro Tomikawa ...
Daigoro (as Masahiro Tomikawa)
Lamont Johnson ...
Voice (voice)
...
Voice (voice)
...
Voice (voice)
Vic Davis ...
Voice (voice)
...
Voice (voice)
Lainie Cooke ...
Voice (voice) (as Lainie Cook)
...
Voice (voice)
Mark Lindsay ...
Voice (voice)
...
Voice (voice)
Edit

Storyline

Long ago there was a great samurai warrior who served his Shogun honorably. The Shogun however grew paranoid as he became more and more senile. The Shogun sought to destroy all those who might stand to oppose his rule, and so he sent his ninja spies to the samurai's home. The ninjas failed to kill the samurai, but did kill his beloved wife. From then on, the samurai swore on his honor to seek out the Shogun and avenge the death of his love. The samurai roams the countryside with his toddler son taking on mercenary work for money until the final battle with the Shogun's three Masters of Death. Written by William Pagan <ny952696@pacevm.dac.pace.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Sword and sorcery ...with a vengeance. See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

11 November 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A sógun orgyilkosa  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie is watched by The Bride and her daughter at the end of Kill Bill vol ll See more »

Quotes

Ogami Itto: [to Supreme Ninja] You're trembling... more afraid of peace than war?
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Guess that everybody can be a director this way.
5 January 2010 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is not an actual movie but a re-edited version of the first couple of Japanese 'Kozure Ôkami' movies, with English voices added to it. Nevertheless this doesn't prevent Robert Houston from giving himself full credit for directing and writing this.

It's not like I hated watching this but it all also seemed pretty pointless to me at the same time. This version got obviously made to aim more toward the American market but that of course just doesn't give you the right to just take a bunch of movies and edit them into one and cash in on it.

This re-editing of course also takes away a lot out of the movie. The storytelling isn't always anything too great now and scenes often too rapidly follow each other, without making much sense. It's like a re-edited version of only the action sequences. Guess it's good for the pace of the movie but there is a reason why Japanese movies are often such slow moving ones. It takes its time to build up the story and put down its characters. This of course just isn't very much the case with this movie.

But even so, this still remains a good watch, due to it's great source material. It's action sequences especially stand out and it's one of those movies with exaggerated fight sequences and squirting blood. The fans of the genre will still get a kick out of it, though they would of course most likely prefer the original movies. This movie really made me want to watch the originals as well, so I guess this movie is still good for something.

7/10

http://bobafett1138.blogspot.com/


10 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page