Shogun Assassin ()

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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... See more »


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Kayo Matsuo ...
Supreme Ninja
Master of Death
Shôgen Nitta ...
Master of Death
Shin Kishida ...
Master of Death
Daigoro (as Masahiro Tomikawa)
Lamont Johnson ...
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Vic Davis ...
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Lainie Cooke ...
Voice (voice) (as Lainie Cook)
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Mark Lindsay ...
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Gibran Evans ...
Daigoro (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Reiko Kasahara ...
Lord Kurogawa (as Shoji Kobayashi)
Taketoshi Naitô ...
Lord Bizen
Tokio Oki ...
The Shogun

Directed by

Robert Houston
Kenji Misumi

Written by

Robert Houston ... ()
Kazuo Koike ... (screenplay)
Kazuo Koike ... (story)
Goseki Kojima ... ()
David Weisman ... ()

Produced by

Robert Houston ... producer
Shintarô Katsu ... producer
Michael Maiello ... associate producer
Hisaharu Matsubara ... producer
Peter Shanaberg ... executive producer
David Weisman ... producer

Music by

W. Michael Lewis
Mark Lindsay
Kunihiko Murai
Hideaki Sakurai

Cinematography by

Chikashi Makiura ... (as Chishi Makiura)

Film Editing by

Lee Percy
Toshio Taniguchi

Editorial Department

Steve Nelson ... assistant editor

Art Direction by

Akira Kaijo

Sound Department

Ken Dufva ... foley artist
Courtney Goodin ... voiceover & sound effects recordist
Tim Holland ... sound effects editor
Matthew Iadarola ... mono version / re-recording mixer
Val Kuklowsky ... sound editor

Music Department

Paul Mckenna ... music mixer

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • El asesino del Shogun (Spain)
  • Shogun il giustiziere (Italy)
  • Shogun zabójca (Poland)
  • Henker des Shogun (West Germany)
  • Ninja Assassino (Brazil)
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  • 85 min
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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 »
Movie Connections Edited from Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972). See more »
Quotes Voice of Daigoro: When I was little, my father was famous. He was the greatest Samurai in the empire, and he was the Shogun's decapitator. He cut off the heads of 131 lords for the Shogun. It was a bad time for the empire. The Shogun just stayed inside his castle and he never came out. People said his brain was infected by devils, and that he was rotting with evil. The Shogun said the people were not loyal. He said he had a lot of enemies, but he killed more people than that. It was a bad time. Everybody living in fear, but still we were happy. My father would come home to mother, and when he had seen her, he would forget about the killings. He wasn't scared of the Shogun, but the Shogun was scared of him. Maybe that was the problem. At night, mother would sing for us, while father would go into his temple and pray for peace. He'd pray for things to get better. Then, one night the Shogun sent his ninja spies to our house. They were supposed to kill my father, but they didn't. That was the night everything changed, forever. That was when my father left his samurai life and became a demon. He became an assassin who walks the road of vengeance. And he took me with him. I don't remember most of this myself. I only remember the Shogun's ninja hunting us wherever we go. And the bodies falling. And the blood.
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