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Shogun Assassin (1980)

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.

Writers:

Robert Houston, Kazuo Koike (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomisaburô Wakayama ... Lone Wolf
Kayo Matsuo ... Supreme Ninja
Minoru Ôki ... Master of Death
Shôgen Nitta Shôgen Nitta ... Master of Death
Shin Kishida ... Master of Death
Akihiro Tomikawa ... Daigoro (as Masahiro Tomikawa)
Lamont Johnson Lamont Johnson ... Voice (voice)
Marshall Efron ... Voice (voice)
Sandra Bernhard ... Voice (voice)
Vic Davis Vic Davis ... Voice (voice)
Lennie Weinrib ... Voice (voice)
Lainie Cooke Lainie Cooke ... Voice (voice) (as Lainie Cook)
Sam Weisman ... Voice (voice)
Mark Lindsay Mark Lindsay ... Voice (voice)
Robert Houston ... Voice (voice)
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Storyline

Long ago there was a great samurai warrior who served his Shogun honorably. The Shogun however grew paranoid as he became more and more senile. The Shogun sought to destroy all those who might stand to oppose his rule, and so he sent his ninja spies to the samurai's home. The ninjas failed to kill the samurai, but did kill his beloved wife. From then on, the samurai swore on his honor to seek out the Shogun and avenge the death of his love. The samurai roams the countryside with his toddler son taking on mercenary work for money until the final battle with the Shogun's three Masters of Death. Written by William Pagan <ny952696@pacevm.dac.pace.edu>

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Sword and sorcery ...with a vengeance. See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

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R | See all certifications »

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Mark Lindsay (former lead singer for Paul Revere and the Raiders) co-wrote the music with W. Michael Lewis. The performing credit is listed as "The Wonderland Philharmonic." "Wonderland" refers to the house that Lindsay lived in at one time. However, music cues from the original "Kozure Ôkami" films are also used. See more »

Quotes

Ninja: [Lone Wolf has just killed him] You are marked for death... wherever you go! You cannot escape the... Shogun!
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Alternate Versions

Although often mentioned among video nasty titles the film was never officially listed among the 72 films originally targeted by the DPP. The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to edit shots of heads being sliced with swords and closeups of clawed faces during the ship fight, and the 1992 Vipco video featured a pre-cut print which was also missing shots from the mirror blinding scene. The 1999 release featured the full uncut version. See more »

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Referenced in The King of Comedy (1982) See more »

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Guess that everybody can be a director this way.
5 January 2010 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

This is not an actual movie but a re-edited version of the first couple of Japanese 'Kozure Ôkami' movies, with English voices added to it. Nevertheless this doesn't prevent Robert Houston from giving himself full credit for directing and writing this.

It's not like I hated watching this but it all also seemed pretty pointless to me at the same time. This version got obviously made to aim more toward the American market but that of course just doesn't give you the right to just take a bunch of movies and edit them into one and cash in on it.

This re-editing of course also takes away a lot out of the movie. The storytelling isn't always anything too great now and scenes often too rapidly follow each other, without making much sense. It's like a re-edited version of only the action sequences. Guess it's good for the pace of the movie but there is a reason why Japanese movies are often such slow moving ones. It takes its time to build up the story and put down its characters. This of course just isn't very much the case with this movie.

But even so, this still remains a good watch, due to it's great source material. It's action sequences especially stand out and it's one of those movies with exaggerated fight sequences and squirting blood. The fans of the genre will still get a kick out of it, though they would of course most likely prefer the original movies. This movie really made me want to watch the originals as well, so I guess this movie is still good for something.

7/10

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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shogun Assassin See more »

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Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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