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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomisaburô Wakayama ... Lone Wolf
Kayo Matsuo Kayo Matsuo ... Supreme Ninja
Minoru Ôki ... Master of Death
Shôgen Nitta Shôgen Nitta ... Master of Death
Shin Kishida 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 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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he whips out his sword and relieves his victims of their heads! See more »

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Action | Adventure

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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A sógun orgyilkosa See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Voice of Daigoro: My father hardly ever talks anymore.
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Alternate Versions

Shogun Assassin is actually an amalgam of two 1972 films titled Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance ("Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance") and Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx"). The producer decided to join the best bits of these two films (using around 10 minutes of the first film as a pre-credits flashback sequence to introduce the characters) and create "Shogun Assassin". The English-language dubbing included voice-over narration, ostensibly spoken by the child Daigoro. See more »

Connections

Version of Kozure ôkami (1973) See more »

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Good but nobody knows why
7 October 2013 | by robertbhartSee all my reviews

I loved this movie but I couldn't even begin to explain why. On paper it is terrible. The movie is made with bits of footage from other movies. It's dubbed. The story line is basic and irrelevant to why I like the movie. Not a great start and yet, once I started watching it, I couldn't stop.

I used to listen to Wu Tang CDs when I was a kid and the Genius GZA album Liquid swords borrows a bunch of lines from this movie. I always thought they were cool but I didn't know they came from this movie.

The part that is hard to explain, is that my wife, who doesn't like martial arts flicks or gore, also liked this movie.

This isn't the kind of movie that you see by accident on TV. You'll probably have to buy it on DVD to see it. I waited for it to be on Netflix but eventually gave up and ordered a copy for $10.

I'm glad I did. This movie inspired other movie makers and despite its age, it is very cool from start to finish. I promise you won't get bored. People talk about how the footage from taken from other movies but it is the new sound track that is added that makes it special and deserving of being judged as a movie in its own right.

It ends very suddenly and I wasn't 100% satisfied with where they left it but in general, its and entertaining experience that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to movie fans. In a world where it is hard to find something different, sometimes you have to look to the past to find something new.


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