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Life as Demons at the Gateway to Hell,
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This review is from: The Complete Lone Wolf & Cub Boxset [DVD]  (DVD)
Bought this boxset a few weeks ago. I have now watched all of them except Shogun Assassin. I remember seeing that a few years ago and enjoying it so I thought I would give the series a try. What a great decision. I thoroughly enjoyed every movie. Mass slaughter, hundreds of ninjas, huge eyebrows, beautiful Japanese women - what is there not to like? The central characters of lone wolf and his cub are well drawn and their relationship is touching and strange. The boy hardly says anything but has a very expressive face - he is destined to follow in his father's footsteps if he survives to adulthood. The babycart itself is a 19th Century armoured fighting vehicle which holds many secrets and nasty surprises. Life under the Shogunate was truly bizarre if these films are an accurate representation of the politics, the way of Bushido and social behaviour. Some of the acting is of the asian eye rolling variety but most of it is very good. The female characters are strong and in fact drive the plot forward in many of the episodes. The fight sequences are brilliant, breathtaking and outrageously over the top. Lone Wolf will not be stopped! The sleeve notes for each movie are excellent and give an insight into Japanese society as well as providing background information on the making of the films and character development.