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.
The original theatrical USA release of the 1970s had the "origin" flashback from Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance ("Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance") edited in, was dubbed into English, and retitled "Lightning Swords of Death." In the 1990s and without the flashback, that was released panned-&-scanned on VHS as "Lupine Wolf." See more »
A note on Shogun Assassin 2: Lightning Swords of Death
This is an AnimEigo re-release of "Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades" which is the third movie in the Lone Wolf and Cub or "Baby Cart" series. As far as I could tell, these were the changes from the original movie.
1) The English sub-titles were removed and instead the Japanese was dubbed over with English.
2) The left and right edges were trimmed off to fit the image on a standard TV set. This is most obvious at the beginning where the title and related material gets cut off enough that you had to guess at what some words would be.
3) The color is excellent and it's apparent AnimEigo worked hard to clean up the original media.
The DVD runs for 89 minutes. Unlike "Shogun Assassin" #1 which combined elements from three of the Lone Wolf and Cub movies Shogun Assassin 2 is just one movie from the original series. As far as I can tell, nothing was cut.
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