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Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)

Kozure Ôkami: Sanzu no kawa no ubaguruma (original title)
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.

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Kenji Misumi

Writers:

Kazuo Koike (story), Goseki Kojima (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomisaburô Wakayama ... Ogami Itto
Kayo Matsuo Kayo Matsuo ... Yagyu Sayaka
Akiji Kobayashi ... Ozunu Kurokuwa
Minoru Ôki ... Benma Hidari
Shin Kishida Shin Kishida ... Kuruma Hidari
Shôgen Nitta Shôgen Nitta ... Tenma Hidari
Takashi Ebata Takashi Ebata ... Mitsugu (as Kanji Ebata)
Kappei Matsumoto Kappei Matsumoto ... Ichirobei Hirano
Akihiro Tomikawa ... Daigoro Ogami
Izumi Ayukawa Izumi Ayukawa ... Otoki
Kazutarô Kuni Kazutarô Kuni ... Awa Retainer
Maki Mizuhara Maki Mizuhara ... Oriku
Ima Masaki Ima Masaki ... Otaki
Reiko Kasahara Reiko Kasahara ... Ochika
Yuriko Mishima Yuriko Mishima ... Oyo
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In the second film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto battles a group of female ninja in the employ of the Yagyu clan and must assassinate a traitor who plans to sell his clan's secrets to the Shogunate. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

June 1972 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When Ogami and Daigoro are walking through the forest shortly before being attacked by Kurokawa and his ninja henchmen (around the 31:30 mark), cars can be seen driving by in the background on the left side of the frame. See more »

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Ogami Itto: You Yagyu's tactics are despicable!
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Follows Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972) See more »

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Another fine outing for Lone Wolf and Cub.
18 September 2007 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

In this, the second in the Lone Wolf and Cub series, ronin Ogami Itto (Tomisaburo Wakayama) and his son Daigoro (Akihiro Tomikawa) continue to wander the land as assassins for hire, all the while keeping an eye out for members of the nasty Ragyu clan, who want them dead.

When the wealthy Awa clan approach Itto, offering him 500 gold pieces to kill a man who might be able to ruin them financially, he accepts; in order to complete his mission, he must face many dangers, including a team of vicious female warriors, and the highly skilled Hidari brothers, also known as the Gods of Death.

Baby Cart at the River Styx sees director Kenji Misumi delivering a breathtaking sequel to his excellent Sword of Vengeance. Like a Japanese Sergio Leone, he once again uses extreme close-ups, rapid zooms, sparing use of a haunting soundtrack, and superbly choreographed violence to continue his epic tale of a man and boy on a gore-spattered journey through 'hell'.

From the opening scene in which Itto quickly dispatches of two Yagyu clansmen, through to the stunning climax which sees Lone Wolf and Cub battling the Hidaris in a desert, this film is a stunning and often beautiful display of carnage. Battles take place in complete silence, with the vanquished always taking a second or two before they fall to the ground, blood gushing from their wounds. Daigoro also gets in on the act, activating spring-loaded blades in his cart to slice off the feet of the enemy. Misumi's handling of these scenes is superb, with some great use of innovative and ground-breaking visual techniques (one great fight scene has images superimposed onto each other to give the action a surreal and dreamlike quality).

But it's not all mindless violence. There are occasional moments of tenderness too, with the close bond between father and son displayed in a couple of notable scenes: Ogami gently bathes Daigoro, with one hand on his sword in readiness for trouble; and Daigoro nurses his injured father back to health, trading his jacket for food.

My only gripe with Baby Cart at the River Styx is that the film is often very dark, and it was extremely hard to see what was going on, particularly during the many night scenes. Whilst this may be due to my DVD being a bad transfer, it did affect my enjoyment of the film (I had to re-watch the gory dismemberment of one unfortunate shinobi at the hands of the female ninjas with my TV's brightness and contrast whacked right up), which is why I give it slightly less than Sword of Vengeance—7.5/10 (although I have to round my rating up to 8 for IMDb, which technically puts it on a par with the first one).


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