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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

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 ... 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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Lone wolf and son. The greatest team in the history of mass slaughter. See more »

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Action | Adventure

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R | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the lines from this movie are sampled by hip-hop artist and Wu-Tang Clan member the GZA on his album "Liquid Swords". See more »

Quotes

The Shogun: Listen to me, Lone Wolf! I want your head!
Ogami Itto: You cannot kill me! By my eternal vow, I will destroy you!
The Shogun: You and your son are cursed for ever more!
Ogami Itto: Send your ninja! I'll kill them all!
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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 »

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Surrealistic voyage into bloodletting
29 July 2001 | by tonyu-2See all my reviews

This film is not for the faint of heart. It's also not extremely realistic, what with blood spurting in all directions at almost every turn. However, it's not intended to be realistic. It's a fantasy ride. It's intended to be entertaining to those who enjoy film making of this genre, and to serve as a vehicle for a hero. And Lone Wolf is a hero of grand stature with a talent for defending himself and his own. And throughout the film, as he's pursued by hired assassins he defends himself and his child with style and brutal grace. Throughout the film, the glorious examples of extreme bloodshed are observed by his young son who accompanies his father... the son narrates the film in a manner that's almost mesmerizing in its effectiveness as events unfold.

This film has some of the most stylish and expressive swordsmanship you're ever likely to see. And throughout the bloody brutality and edged weaponry action there are some examples of the kindest and most humane exchanges you could ever imagine, particularly between father and son... some profound, some humorous, some just simply ordinary.

This film is hard to find and it's almost never seen on pay cable anymore, although Cinemax used to run it on occasion some years ago. However, it's still around in some video rental stores and on some of the auction sites now and then, so if you spot this film somewhere grab it. It's an amazing way to spend an evening, watching Lone Wolf and child take on the world. I looked a long time before I found my copy in an older video rental store that was going out of business and was selling off tapes. I bought it for four dollars... I'd have paid MUCH more for this obscure little gem of a film that was actually edited together from episodes of a Japanese TV series that aired in the early 1970s.

Watch this film with an open mind and with acceptance. It's a journey into furious bloodletting, subtle glory, and profound dignity.


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