Lone Wolf and Cub - Baby Cart at the River Styx (Kozure Ôkami: Sanzu no kawa no ubaguruma) (Shogun Assassin) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Lone Wolf and Cub - Baby Cart at the River Styx (Kozure Ôkami: Sanzu no kawa no ubaguruma) (Shogun Assassin) Reviews

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½ July 31, 2017
Could be my favorite of the series. It's just so entraining with some of the best action sequences. Love the duels with the ninja girls and the the finale with the three Warriors. So good. Also the theme of the headmistress ninja succumbing to her motherly nature was a nice touch. I'm sure feminists would love it.
½ March 20, 2017
Disgraced former executioner Ogami Itt? continues his brooding storm through the Japanese countryside, his three-year-old son Daigoro along for the ride in a booby-trapped carriage. Now some distance into their march to vengeance, the pair have drawn so much notoriety that they risk ambush and assassination at every turn. It's not paranoia, either: Ogami dispenses with blade-wielding enemies at nearly every chapter break, downing at least two-dozen men and women before the film is through. The opportunity isn't abused. In true poppy '70s samurai fashion, each challenger (or cluster of challengers) wears a distinct identity and a unique fighting style, like a colorful garden of deadly blossoms. They all bleed day-glo red, though, often in a towering arc of spray that paints landscape and fallen comrade alike. In Baby Cart at the River Styx, for the first time, we see vulnerability from the master swordsman and a little headstrong personality from his young child. We also see uncertainty from a prominent rival, another first, and restraint in the midst of a bloodlust. Some of the fighting is a little awkward, and the formula is threatening to wear thin, but overall this represents a wonderfully stylish, entertaining continuation of the journey that was so well-established in the first film. An excellent genre-definer.
December 30, 2016
Following the demon path, set to walk through hell, towards the path of revenge. Beautiful sword fighting and persisting its mystical thematics, making it a entertaining and worthy classic.
½ July 24, 2016
good actioner and entry in this series
October 26, 2014
WOW.....WOW.....WOW....POWERFUL.....AMAZING.....SUCH A THRILLING MOVIE 2 WATCH.....man I have just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch.....its got a good cast of actors/actresses throughout this movie.....I think that Minoru Ohki, Akiji Kobayashi, Kayo Matsuo, Akihiro Tomikawa, Tomisaburo Wakayama, play good roles/parts throughout this movie.....I think that the director of this art house/international/action/adventure movie had done a great job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie......man this is such an amazing movie 2 watch......I think that this is such a really well written/acted/directed movie 2 watch, its got a great cast throughout this movie......

Most of this film, along with 12 minutes of footage from Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance was used to make Shogun Assassin, a 1980 film released as an English-language compilation of the Baby Cart series for American audiences.

man this is such a thrilling movie 2 watch, its got a great cast throughout this movie......its got good fight scenes throughout this movie.....man this is such a powerful drama movie 2 watch, but it is such a fantastic movie 2 watch, its got good fight scenes throughout this movie.....man this is such a powerful drama movie 2 watch, it is such a fantastic movie 2 watch with a great cast throughout this movie.......
November 16, 2013
More action and also more violent than the first film.
½ August 31, 2013
The Japanese water crossing to hell, Sanzu, has three parts, as does this film. There's also three basket brothers that form the final obstacles to Ogami's prey. Fans of Samurai Jack will recognize the spectacular finale as the inspiration for Jack's encounter with the "Ultra-robots" in episode 18. "Considered by some to be one of the best of the series."
August 5, 2013
One of those rare occasions where the sequel is better than the original. Cub is the balls in this and is lethal in his wooden cart. The three brothers are clearly an influence on the cats in 'Big Trouble in Little China'. Some serious blood is shed and bit of a twitch off the female ninjas.
June 25, 2013
This Second Installment Continues The Adventures Of The Assassins Lone Wolf & Cub. Here They Are Hired To Kill A Traitor Who Is Selling Secrets. Meanwhile Lone Wolf's War With The Yagu Clan Continues As They Send Their Female Ninja Section After Them. With More Violence Inserted To Keep The Action Fan Entertained, This Is Also Excellently Made With The Same Charm As The First Movie. Worth A Watch.
Super Reviewer
½ December 26, 2012
Part 2 of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, known as "Baby Cart at the River Styx", which literal translation reads: "Perambulator of the River of Sanzu".

Fantastic! Despite the cheesy and surreal intro, we're provided with a fantastic story, no matter how many splashes of campiness are offered throughout. The relationship between Ogami Itto and his son Daigoro is strengthened here, and this is the movie where it is first shown how both of them start to become one: one mind, one heart, one entity carrying a demonic and soulless life. "Leone shots" and camerawork prevail during the first half and the final duel is a joy to watch.

½ August 4, 2012
Baby Cart at the River Styx is just as stylistically powerful as Sword of Vengeance. It explores an even more interesting sensibility by having adorable scenes featuring the titular "cub" and it is truly a huge delight. There are few more awkward moments in the film that are just as unnerving as in the first film, but they still don't affect the experience much. Overall, the second film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series is just as thrilling, exciting, and mesmerizing as the first.
½ July 25, 2012
"One must try one's best, before one bows to fate." Basically, it's awesome. Takes the 1st one and puts it to shame, in terms of action and violence. However, they stray away from the main arc and story in general. But that didn't bother me in the slightest. I mean, come on, this one has ninjas! (and also three brothers called The Gods Of Death) Oh, and I noticed a camera effect that I've only seen in one other movie...wait for it...Kung Pow. Your mind is now blown.
½ April 7, 2012
Ninjas in the sand!!!
April 1, 2012
Classique trčs sympa pour tous ceux qui aiment les vieux film de sabres :) comme moi :D
December 28, 2011
This is a step ahead in every way for the Lone Wolf series. Better story, better action, much much more blood, Kenji Misumi raises the bar and creates a film which should be known as a samurai classic.
It got remixed and rereleased for Americans as Shogun Assassin, but this one is a little better. A little grittier and more concise.
September 8, 2011
Amazingly made in the same year, this sequel holds up quite well. Itto Ogami has more opponents to face, even wherever he and his son go to rest. The characters really shine here; particularly with the Bentenrai Brothers, three ninjas armed with their own deadly weapon.

The only drawbacks are a few moments when some characters strangely disappear after battling Ogami. There are some other unrealistic moments in the fight scenes, but they were made to be stylish that way. Overall, check it out.
½ July 31, 2011
This first sequel to the bloody successful (pun intended) rebel samurai film "Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance" is top notch, even bloodier and a cut above the original. Considering how good the original is, that's quite a feat, especially since this was pumped out the very same year!

Lone Wolf is hired by opprobrious Yagyu clan in order to assassinate a spy who has stolen some secrets about their plantation that harvests a precious dye. Lone Wolf's job is simple... kill him before he gets back to the Shogun. It's not going to be easy though as there are assassins all around him with a hit on his head as well as his son. The result is one of the bloodiest, most action packed Samurai films ever made.

What makes this sequel just a tad better than the first film (not enough to warrant a star rating difference) is that it is a hair more ambitious in its approach. The first film of course focused on establishing our anti-hero Samurai where this sequel hits the ground running, expanding on themes and concepts that the original was only able to hint at.

Director Kenji Misumi also makes this sequel a tad more likeable as he injects a sly sense of underlying humor and even a few heartfelt moments (the scene where our young boy brings his injured father some water from the river in his mouth being a sequence that succeeds on both accounts). The film is also a little more over-the-top in its approach to the violence, my personal favorite being a shot where director Misumi shows Lone Wolf's face through a split, blood spurting head of a man. HARDCORE!

These over-the-top action sequences are extremely graphic, even slightly poetic in their approach. There are villains to get cut apart around every turn! Lone Wolf is attacked by a woman ninja clan, a male ninja clan, some spies and finally three assassins that no doubt inspired the look of the 'three storms' in one of my all time favorite films "Big Trouble in Little China" with their large straw hats and various weapon usages.

The baby cart Lone Wolf pushes his baby around in even plays a bigger part in this story as it is a mobil gadget, with swords and other stabbing weapons hidden through-out to ensure heads are going to role.

To top it off there is even entrancing subplot which revolves around a female assassin (with a moving performance by Kayo Matsuo) that becomes emotionally compromised by Lone Wolf and his son when they decide to save her life.

I liked this sequel even more than the original and I would even go as far to say it's my favorite of the six part series. It's just more ambitions, violent and over-the-top with a nice underlying sense of humor that doesn't compromise the dramatic story. "Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx" would be edited together successfully with the first film and re-titled "Shogun Assassin" for the American film market. Followed by "Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades".
Super Reviewer
July 28, 2011
The second film in the 'Lone Wolf and Cub' series is better then the first. As Ogami Itto continues his journey he is forced to battle a group of female ninja and assasinate a traitor out to sell secrets. 'Baby Cart at the River Styx' is far more defined then the first film, now the concept is firmly in place the film has freedom to operate much more freely and flesh out its interesting lead character as well as a cast of interesting side characters and Daigoro (Ogami's son). 'Baby Cart at the River Styx' also feels far more well rounded then the first in the series and has a better ending (which was my main complaint with the first). Much like the first in the series this installment takes violence and uses it in an extreme yet poetic style alongside artistic imagery and often dead silience. As well as Ogami's journey the second film also features an interesting side plot about the leader of the female ninja coming to terms with her own abilities, the will to survive and honor. The series feels as if it is leading up to something great so I hope it lives up to the expectations set in place by this film.
½ March 12, 2011
japanese samurai humor. really bad effects, but the kid steals the show
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