Lone Wolf and Cub - Baby Cart at the River Styx (Kozure Ôkami: Sanzu no kawa no ubaguruma) (Shogun Assassin) Reviews
The movie is pure 70's fashion with outlandish special effects and a massive amount of squirting/shooting blood. Compared to today's standards, it is hokey and overdone. But the heart of the film is well done.
Chinese or Japanese Martial Arts gore-fests are simply a guilty pleasure and an exercise in style, they never hold any real significance other than to entertain with ultra-violence; occasionally one will stand out, like "Lady Snowblood" which use new camera shots and settings to create a mysterious inviting world is different and fresh; but movies like "Babycart" entertain some, sicken others.
Because if I can't put the Bourne Ultimatum on a 6, as it does do its quick cutting job well enough, and I make it a 7, then the esteem I hold for LWC is not properly reflected. Nothing much to say here. It's the attractive idea in both these films that the individual can be almost superpowered in defiance of all odds as the powers that be seek to destroy one that makes it work for so many people.
The Prestige features a dark plotline, great acting, a bit of a twist, and for all that I was waiting for it to end. My response is that of '5', but there just was too much to argue to give it the negative score. Still, I won't need to see it again.
Off to rescore Lone Wolf and Cub!
THE VIOLENCE IS GRAPHIC BUT TRUE TO THE GENRE I RECOMMEND THIS IF ONLY TO SEE THE CLIMATIC FIGHT BETWEEN THE MASTERS OF DEATH AND SIR ITTO.....SUPERB.......THE BOAT SCENE IN WHICH THE MASTERS OF DEATH
(3 BROTHERS WHO USE DIFFERENT WEAPONS A HAMMER A CLAW AND MAILED PAIR OF GLOVES) WIPE OUT A DOZEN BRAVE SOULS IS GREAT STUFF.....THE NINJA WOMEN WHO JUMPS OUT OF HER KIMONO HAS TO BE SEEN TO BE BELIVED A LITTLE SILLY BUT WHO CARES THE FIGHT SCENES ARE GREAT AND WHEN YOURE BOSS SUMMONS YOU INTO A ROOM FULL OF WOMEN NOT SMILING......DONT GO IN!