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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 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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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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A little overrated?
8 April 2006 | by SarahofBorgSee all my reviews

May I be the first not to give this movie a rave review. Alright, first try to understand where I'm coming from here. I've been trying to see as many Samurai movies as possible. I've seen a few Zatoichi movies, a whole lot of Akira Kurosawa movies, and some others with Toshiro Mifune and others. And of course I saw the first Lone Wolf and Cub movie before I watched this. I did love the movie, although there was one scene that disturbed me, but it was a damed good movie. I've also read a little of the manga (just the first volume so far.) And I couldn't wait to watch this one. Everyone I know has given it rave reviews and they say it's the best of them all. And so I've just watched it. Upon reflection I might appreciate it a little more, but I doubt that.

My first BIG complaint is the cinematography. When I understood what I was looking at, it was gorgeous. At least 90% of this film was at night and there were quite a few long "scenes" where the picture just went pure black for a few minutes. I'm sorry but I didn't know what the heck I was looking at in all that darkness! But I certainly followed the decent story, I have nothing against it, although it didn't seem as deep as the first movie. It's the usual Ogami Itto getting hired to kill some bad guys, that's basically the entire plot boiled down to it's core. There's some interesting stuff with the Yaguu clan politics, but again nothing that really makes you think. I was looking forward to seeing female swordswomen, and I wasn't too disappointed, although it's no Lady Snowblood/Kill Bill.

Another big complaint from me is the laughable choreography. I think the cinematography purposely avoiding showing any scene where a realistic technique was necessary for plausibility. Basically, he would never focus on the action, and the little action that we are shown is usually not very realistic. At times it wasn't so bad though, but not the really important times. And the death scenes were a bit too drawn out, and again fake-looking. The manga probably does a better job (I don't really think I've read the part this movie covers.) So overall I'm unimpressed and pretty disappointed. I probably won't continue to watch the rest of the series, I'd rather catch up on my Zatoichi.


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