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Shogun Assassin: Uncut Edition [VHS]

Tomisaburô Wakayama , Kayo Matsuo , Robert Houston    Suitable for 18 years and over   VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo, Minoru Ôki, Shôgen Nitta, Shin Kishida
  • Directors: Robert Houston
  • Writers: Robert Houston, David Weisman, Bobby White, Goseki Kojima, Kazuo Koike
  • Producers: David Weisman, Hisaharu Matsubara
  • Language: Japanese
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Vipco
  • VHS Release Date: 21 Feb 2000
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RCNP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 438,404 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Uncut version of the gory martial arts classic. A master Samurai warrior refuses to work for the Emperor. As a result assassins kill his wife and he is forced to flee with his son. Travelling around the world he is determined take revenge on the Emperor's assassins.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "You must choose - the ball, or the sword." 26 July 2007
As many previous reviews state, the film "Shogun Assassin" is a compilation of the first two movies from the Japanese "Lone Wolf & Cub" series from the early 70's, dubbed into English, given a electro-pop theme tune, and released in the 80's, promptly being banned as a video nasty, due to excessive violence.

Now, with the release of a re-mastered Region 1 and Region 4 discs, of this film, and the original series now re-mastered as well, the films get a new lease of life.

However, which version? Do you buy the single disc "Shogun Assassin", or the six discs in the "Lone Wolf & Cub" set?

If you want no plot what so ever, but want wall-to-wall sword fights, very red blood squirting everywhere, English dialogue, and lots of meaningful stares into camera - then this is the one for you.

If you want more story, in the original Japanese, with subtitles, but with the same level of violence - stick to the original six movies.

But do not, do not, buy both, as I did; I sat there realising that scenes in "Shogun Assassin" were a different order, characters were given different roles, edited and re-dubbed for story, and I found it very, very frustrating.

"Choose the ball - you will spend eternity with your Mother, choose the sword - with me you will walk the path of vengeance......."
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
This surely ranks as one of the greatest genre pictures of all time.
I could watch it time and time again- and I'm about to buy as many of these in the series as I can.
Basically it's an American rip off of bits from the first 2-3 Japanese 'Lone Wolf and Cub' epics. As such it's very disjointed, tacky, badly dubbed with bizarre electronic music (a bit like an early John Carpenter film).
But it's an absolute gem.
The moody lighting and weird melodramatic characters, odd camerawork and general low budget effects all add to an experience that will stay with you.
Be warned though, there's no ending as such- more like a 'to be continued' situation.
From it's voice-over beginnings to freeze frame end it's full of one lines- ludicrous and insane.
This is a masterpiece- I can't wait for the originals to come through my door.
p.s It's a shame but there aren't any special bonus features on the DVD. Never mind- maybe they'll do a boxed set!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your technique is magnificent 4 Oct 2002
By J. Dale
You can't really do this film justice in a couple of paragraphs of online review - it is simply one of the best Martial Arts movies I've ever seen.
Magnificent technique, hilarious bloodletting, and some of the best comedy dubbing around. The plot is awesome, the characters are great and the fight scenes are just breathtaking.
The lead character, Lone Wolf, is just ultra, ultra hard and dispatches his foes with superb skill and focused violence. The bad guys are just brilliant - three hard dude in straw hats with deep voices.
There is a rather large slice of unintended comedy in this film (think Monty Python Black Knight fight scene), but it just adds to Lone Wolf's hardness and make sit more fun to watch.
As I said, words fail this movie, but if I had to sum it up in three words I'd say, "Buy it today".
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Junai !!!! 28 Nov 2001
As a film purist I usually prefer to see films as they were originally meant to be seen but in this case I just can't help but love SHOGUN ASSASSIN!! The movie consists of the best bits from the first two (or three) Lone Wolf and Cub movies from Japan with classic dubbing and a GREAT synthesised soundtrack that adds a lot of atmosphere to the proceedings. I've seen a couple of the original Lone Wolf films and they are good but not as much fun as this.... wonderful cinematography, top notch action, loads of quotable dialogue, hosepipes of gore and great soundtrack adds up to an all round classic movie --- I haven't seen the DVD yet so can't comment on the quality of the print etc... +++ "He is the son of a Mad Wolf!!"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never looked better 18 Aug 2011
By TimmyC
Eureka's UK Blu-ray of this cult favourite is a stunner, a huge improvement over the horrible Vipco dvd that haunted UK DVD stores for years. The new 2.35:1 transfer is joy to behold and there are some nice extras including an interview with Samuel L. Jackson, trailer and trailers for Lone Wolf and Cub films. The steelbook edition also features the DVD version, which features a anamorphic widescreen transfer and some bonus trailers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BLU WOLF AND CUB! 23 Aug 2010
Wow, I was really blown away by the new blu ray version of this viscious and bloody samurai classic.

This is an upgrade of the US Aneimago DVD, the company now having brought TOHO studios on board, the creators and owners of the Japanese original film.

Generally, this version of the film is the notorious American cut of the early 80s which was a splicing together of the 1st and 2nd films. You get about 10 minutes of the 1st film and virtually the whole of the incredible 2nd.

First the colours are really great now, blacks are really dark and whites are shining clear.

Detail is better than it has ever been and especially costume and dress, showing intricate patterns and design.

As far the violence goes, the blood now is purple and skin colour is true to life, all the yellows and browns and black spots. There are still a few weak scenes here and there with intruding vertical lines in the later scenes and some loss of detail once or twice. But for the majority of the film the picture is just stunning.

The sound is now lossless crystal clear, and sword thrashes and cuts reverberate around the room. The soundtrack is really loud and there are no hums during silences.

There is only an English Dub without the original Japanese language version, nor is the original soundtack music provided although this has an early 80s replacement soundtrack that is as good in its own right.

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The sword cuts heavy and hard in this film and the blu ray emphatically increases the effect, until every blow provides gratification, the red stuff spraying everywhere.
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very good
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5.0 out of 5 stars A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor
I enjoy Japanese classics but this was pretty poor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent no issues arrived on time classic movie watched when ...
Excellent no issues arrived on time classic movie watched when I was kid couldn't wait to find it again superb
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Published 3 months ago by arol black
5.0 out of 5 stars Review from a martial Arts enthusiast
I chose this as a gift for my Weapons instructor as I enjoyed watching myself. As we do martial Arts it was really beneficial
Published 9 months ago by susan zammit
5.0 out of 5 stars SHOGUN ASSASSIN - Buyer be aware!
5 stars for the film, zero for the 4:3 aspect ratio!

I ordered this Shogun Assassin: Special Edition [DVD] - February 2000 release and received one with the VIPCO'S... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Daixym
3.0 out of 5 stars Great film, blu ray lacks original soundtrack
Blu Ray.

Nice transfer for Blu Ray of a classic film. Unfortunately there is only a dubbed English soundtrack.
Movie 5/5
Blu ray 3/5
Published 13 months ago by nyssabox
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad
arrived quickly but when it got here it was broken and badly scraped but as it was for my son and he had really wanted it he wouldn't let me send it back
Published 14 months ago by deborah osprey
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