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

Kozure Ôkami: Sanzu no kawa no ubaguruma (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 22 April 1972 (Japan)
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

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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:

22 April 1972 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

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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Followed by Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell (1974) See more »

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Best of the series.
11 June 2005 | by Ky-DSee all my reviews

I love the entire 6 part series, but this one is my personal favorite with it's grand collection of action, emotion and gory dismemberment.

Time has passed since the Yagyu clan framed Ogami Itto as a traitor and murdered his wife, but the wandering assassin is as determined as ever. The Yagyu clan is active as well in seeking to eliminate the former Shogun executioner; they enlist the aid of one of the clans sects, the Asuki Yagyu women, to kill Itto and his son. At the same time, Ogami has just accepted a job to assassinate dye maker.

Arguably the bloodiest of the series, but also the most methodical. Story elements are presented in slow, stiff dialogue exchanges, only to be off-set by quick, bloody bursts of violence. Much of the film is silent as well, there is very little talking for the whole picture. Once swords are drawn, however, the movie becomes a whole other beast entirely; the action is fast, it's gory, and it's ever so fun to watch.

Story wise, this one doesn't do much for the overlapping plot of the series. Despite clashing yet again with the Yagyu clan very little is resolved on that front. It ends pretty much were it started, but while the story lacks a grander scale, it makes up for it with interesting characters and a well told (if ultimately unimportant) side story involving the dye maker hit. Inparticular, the three 'Gods of Death' are a nice addition; Ogami's fight with them is the best of the series in my opinion.

Nothing much to say on the technical front, it's no better or worse then any other film in the sub-genre. Sound, lighting, direction, acting are all sufficient enough to get the job done.

A classic of samurai film and another hardy addition to a great series.

9/10


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