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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

possibly the best film ever

Author: twelveblades from Leamington Spa, England
21 October 2001

I cannot really explain just how good this film is. Dark and atmospheric from beginning to end, a kung fu film this aint. The fighting is straight to the point, limbs are severed, heads are split in two and blood sprays like a sprinkler system from every wound. The dubbing and music are perfect and the narration from the kid gives this a new edge from other samurai movies. I have the whole Baby Cart series and belive me it is a must for anyone who likes this film. If you dont like this film...see a doctor.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

amazing in almost every way

9/10
Author: motown_23 (jewbo23@aol.com) from Norfolk, England
17 October 2001

This film impressed me there were so many good things about it. i love the way its narrated by the kid. lone wolf is just really cool. the cinematography is some of the best i have ever seen. the locations were also amazing. the fights looked very real and were done brilliantly. the 3 guys lone was payed to kill were good and reminded me of the ones from big trouble in little china. the effects were great too. i haven't seen so much blood in a film since braindead. there are some great gore scenes like a guys head being chopped in half and decapitations. on the whole this is one of the best films i have ever seen.

9/10

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

One of the best Samurai movie's ever made.

Author: Jonathan Horner from Stockton, England
28 September 2001

Shogun Assassin is one of the best Samurai movie's I've ever seen, Shogun Assassin is up there with the like's of legendary Samurai movie's such as "Sanjuro" and "Yojimbo", which where directed by the lengedary Akira Kurosawa.

Shogun Assassin is a great movie, but also very violent, sometime's the amount of blood is slightly un-nerving but very realistic all the same.

A must see for any martial art's fan, if you can stand the amount of blood.

9/10

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

The Finest Samurai Flick Ever!!!

9/10
Author: titus7_ from Malaysia
18 July 2001

This movie has no pretences. It delivers everything you'd ever want in an action flick,gore,violence,fight scenes and a little sex to.The little boy is a hoot.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Incredible movie

10/10
Author: Fizel Ombreslam (fizel@hotmail.com) from Québec, Canada
20 October 2000

A true martial art movie, with blood, amputated limbs, good katana fighting and incredible action.

This movie is the first real samurai movie I ever seen, its a MUST!

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

He Slices, He Dices, let the blood fly!

Author: y2mckay from Bay Area, CA
27 June 2000

I love samurai films. But my one big problem is that they often don't have enough action. It's usually a bunch of dudes standing around talking for two hours, until they finally have a big sword fight at the end (kind of like Phantom Menace). Also, the fights are often pretty bloodless, which takes some of the fun out of it. But with this movie, you won't have to wait two hours for the payoff, and it doesn't pull any punches on the blood, either. Swords will flash and blood will spurt every ten minutes or so.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

A great samurai film with outstanding sword fights

Author: Movieman-157 from Columbus, OH
20 July 1999

This film has some of the best sword fights ever shot on film. The plot has Lone Wolf (Tomisaburo Wakayama) travelling the countryside, pushing his son, Daigero, ahead of him in a baby cart. The only time he stops is to battle the seemingly infinite number of ninja the Shogun sends out to kill him. The film has blood spurting up every five seconds and is not meant to be realistic. It's more a bloody dance. Bodies take seconds to fall over, defeated swordsmen spurt blood up in the year for seconds before falling over, and blood spurts up in front of (and sometimes onto) the camera. It's a great film for fans of action films. This extremely violent, yet aesthetic film was directed originally by Kenji Misumi.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

The Shogun Assassin saga

Author: Yaser Sehota (yasars@ifi.uio.no) from Oslo Norway
7 February 1999

Shogun Assassin is one of the greatest samurai/swords movies ever made. Not only does it deliver a full grown action movie, it also shows more comlex moral situations. Among those there is a powerful scene where the son of the hero has to choose between sword or ball, life or death..... The movie-line is about an ex-samurai (ronin) who now makes his living as a hired assassin, but he is constantly followed by the shoguns assassins. Watch out for the Lords of death.

For a person without any movie background this movie will quickly become an endless mass of violence, it may even seem a bit pathetic. But no. This movie is well known by movie critics all over the world as one of the greatest movies ever! This movie should be seen not watched.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Die Hard with Ninja's in 12th century japan.

10/10
Author: Glenn Smith (liddlebeedle@hotmail.com) from London, England
3 February 1999

The beauty of the choreographed ultra-violence is only matched by the depth of physical and psychological torture which the films star, "Lone Wolf", endures. The fighting just does not end. Look out for the quotes used by "The Wu Tang Clan".

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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Sam Peckipaugh meets Kurosawa

9/10
Author: Dik Meyer (doc_muzik@geocities.com) from St. Clair, Pennsylvania
4 March 1999

This is a fun little movie...a tad bloody, but since most of the blood is so obviously fake that it adds to the fun.

For the most part, Shogun Assassin seems to almost be a parody or be making fun of all those Italian Spaghetti Westerns that got their inspiration from classic Japanese cinema. It is considerably different from the Lone Wolf and Cub comic books from the early eighties, which is where I first learned of the movie. It took me almost a decade to finally see it...and I really wasn't disappointed.

There is a lot of action in this movie...Lone Wolf himself comes off as totally unstoppable. He is relentless and even his young son gets into the act. The three "Masters of Death" they battle are also interesting, using some rather unique weapons for a Samurai movie (and even, indeed for a martial arts movie).

The one bad thing about the movie is that it ends a bit too suddenly, without any real resolutions to the plotline. But then, I know there is a sequel out there somewhere...

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