on 16 October 2001
this film along with the five others follows the exploits and adventures of a wandering assassin and his young son. Having lost his wife, his job and his honour, Ogami Itto (the protagonist) has sworn vengeance on the Yagyu clan who caused his downfall.
Ogami follows a strict personal code ( nihilistic mix of Zen and Bushido) and is a complex central character. On the one hand living only for revenge, on the other he acts with seeming compassion and nobility.
In this installment, Ogami Itto battles against a heavily tattooed female asassin.
The films are graphically violent, but so obviously the product of a different culture, that at its worst it is more ludicrous than offensive .
on 17 November 2015
Ogami Itto accepts a mission to hunt down a young lady named Oyuki who is killing numerous Samurai's and cutting off their top nots. However he is also been pursued by the vengeful Gunbei and his father Retsudo of the Yagyu clan who want him dead.
This was the fourth entry in the Lone Wolf and Cub series and the first film not to be directed by Kenji Misumi. With this following the great Babycart to Hades it had a lot to live up to and it does in every way.
Buichi Saito takes over the rains for his only film in the six part series. His directing talents are as good as Kenji Misumi's in every way. I did notice however that his take on the action sequences are far less bloody than those of Misumi's but that didn't really bother me to much.
As with Babycart to Hades we see a different side to Ogami's cold and hard exterior. His mission to find and kill the deadly Oyuki leads him to become torn between carrying out his mission and allowing her to go after discovering she has only become what she is after been raped by a cruel Samurai. We also discover why the Yagyu hated him so much as Ogami was given the position of Official executioner on a technicality after Gunbei Yagyu accidentally aimed his sword at the Shogun after defeating Ogami in single combat.
The fight scenes are stylish and the scenes that feature Oyuki played by the beautiful Michie Azuma have her fighting bare chested to show off her startling tattoos to distracted her opponents. The climax features a very similar ending to Babycart to Hades where Ogami is forced to face a entry army lead by Retsudo Yagyu, although he draws the army into some catacombs so he can pick them off one by one. I think this fight sequence is superior and we even get a one on one fight between Ogami and Retsudo.
Overall its got everything we like in these Lone Wolf and Cub movies.
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