Shogun Assassin

1980

Shogun Assassin

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More a "greatest hits" movie than an actual stand-alone film of its own, Shogun Assassin is the delirious hybrid of two episodes of the popular Baby Cart series dubbed into English and fused together into a hyper-violent bloodbath ballet that's sure to entertain the samurai-film enthusiast with a strong stomach. The swords fly fast and furious as a wondering shogun is forced into exile after being framed and his wife murdered. Giving his infant son the choice between the merciful release of death (represented by a ball) and the life of constant threat and danger (a sword) the child reaches for the sword, marking the beginning of a brutally violent struggle for survival among a sea of would-be assassins. From this point on plot is secondary, focusing instead on a series of violent vignettes in which limbs fly freely in a furious blur of lightning swords. Utilizing masterful swordsmanship in addition to a cleverly designed and lethal baby carriage, father and son are in a constant state of ultra-alert adrenalized awareness, conscious that instant death may lurk beyond every carefully chosen path.

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  • Jul 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.
    Cameron S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2011
    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. 91/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • May 04, 2008
    The extreme violence is just as pronounced as in the first film in the series and although most of the choreography and visuals don't quite match the original, it does portray the poetry of death and violence a little more. Blood and guts fly across the screen and roads are littered with bodies, as well as body parts. The relationship between father and son is a strange but strong one. <a href="http://s273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/?action=view¤t=lonewolf.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/lonewolf.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
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  • Apr 13, 2008
    the saga of freelance assassin ogami itto and his young son daigoro continues in bloody style. in this episode, daigoro is kidnapped by ninjas and thrown from a burning ship! there's a clan of badass females, a guy with a freddy kruger hand and the final showdown in the sand is particularly thrilling. just as much fun as the first, with some touching scenes between father and son as well. i guess it's the woman in me that makes me wanna yell: hey, watch that kid! lol
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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