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on 4 April 2013
if you enjoy chambara, edo-era japan, bushido, and an indestructable protaganist, whose only goal in life is revenge, and raising his child to become a samurai. then you will love this movie.

my all time fav. martial arts film, very few can even hold a candle to the lone wolf box set.

for beginners, i'd suggest purchasing SHOGUN ASSASSIN, which is film 7 of the set. If you enjoy SHOGUN ASSASSIN, they you will also love the others.

best purchase of my LIFE!
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on 23 November 2014
Really beautiful, subtle filmmaking (despite the substantial bloodletting) - but the series does get ever more preposterous as it goes along. In one of the later films Lone Wolf & Cub battle a massive army (and emerge victorious of course, don't think that constitutes a spoiler).
The film entitled Shogun Asssassin was an edit made from the first two volumes in the series (made for the US market I think). This is my favourite film of all time (well, along with Beyond the Valley of the Dolls). It's deep storytelling and genuinely moving with lots of very clever sequences that keep you guessing (for instance - the scene where young Daigorō is being held over a deep well... he slips his shoe off and allows it to fall into the well - thereby inidicating to his father how deep it is - and how far the rope can slip before he falls to his doom).
If you like these films you may enjoy the manga comic books published by First and later Dark Horse. Impressionistic storytelling with many plotlines not chronicled in the films.
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All seven films in the 'Lone Wolf and Cub' Japanese samurai action series. Viewed by many as the pinnacle of Japanese exploitation cinema, the films chronicle the adventures of disgraced Shogun assassin Ogami Itto (Tomisaburo Wakayama) and his son Daigoro (Akihiro Tomikawa), who sell their services as assassins while continuing their bloody quest for revenge against the hit squad who killed Itto's wife. In 'Sword of Vengeance' (1971), executioner Ogami Itto is framed for treason and declared an outlaw. Accompanied only by his young son Daigoro, he sets out on a trail of vengeance against the secret society that murdered his wife and poisoned his reputation. In 'Babycart at the River Styx' (1972), Ogami Itto - aka 'Lone Wolf' - continues his bloody quest through the land he calls Hell. The Yagyu clan are determined to see him dead, and send the deadly female assassins, the Akashi after him. Beyond them, Lone Wolf must defeat the Gods of death in order to win his 500 pieces of gold. In 'Babycart to Hades' (1973), the Lone Wolf provides a rare display of compassion when he rescues a young girl from her pimp. On the road again, the Wolf finds his services in demand, as he and the child Diagoro - the Cub - travel a violent path to Hades. In the fourth film, 'Babycart in Peril' (1972), the Wolf has become separated from his Cub, who has fallen into the hands of Itto's deadly rival. A rescue is effected, but Itto must now carry out his latest assignment; to kill tattooed martial arts mistress Oyuki (Michie Azuma). In 'Babycart in the Land of Demons' (1973), Lone Wolf is hired by the Kuroda clan to protect the destiny of its succession. This duty leads him into a confrontation with the evil Retsudo (Minoru Ohki), as well as forcing him to turn against the very clan he is supposed to be protecting. In 'White Heaven in Hell' (1974), the Wolf and his Cub face a new peril when the Yagyu clan leader Retsudo employs his bloodthirsty daughter to destroy them once and for all. If she fails in her task, Retsudo will unleash the supernatural might of the Yagyu army, against which even the Lone Wolf cannot stand. 'Shogun Assassin' (1979) is the re-cut version of the first two films, which was famously banned as a video nasty on its initial UK release in the early 1980s.
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on 1 September 2011
This is just pure class from beginning to end. It was a joy to watch shogun assassin again since an break of some 20 years but the real pleasure is watching the films behind SA, which was an american edit that cut the first two films to shreads to create an incomplete (but amazing, even by today's standards) splatter film. Kill Bill pays homage to SA and rightly so but this box set delivers so much more detail. Love it, love it, love it. I do.
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on 7 April 2013
I loved the original video when it first came out in the UK. This is the first time I have had a chance to see the whole series. Gets a bit outrageous near the end of the series but I enjoyed it. I have given the series a rating which is my own personal one, others may see this as a bit gory due to the amount of blood letting.
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on 6 August 2011
I got lucky I guess because I had this item sitting in my basket for a long time, over a year at least but wasnt tempted for the price, thats until a few weeks ago. I couldnt believe the amended price update so I grabbed it at a third of the above. Now onto the movies. This stuff is good and for 1972's even better. I only mention that due to my scathing review of Female Prisoner Scorpion Trilogy [DVD] seems readers did not like what I had to say about it. However this set of Lone Wolf & Cub is great. I dont know what one reviewer complained about the re-mastered picture quality, seems pretty good to me for an old '72.

So suggest you do the same as I did, keep it in your basket 'till your happy with the price.

If you found any of my words helpful to you please vote on it. Thanks.
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on 18 January 2010
Finally someone took the initiative to remaster, what is in my humble opinion, the finest Samurai movies ever!
If your into, gore, blood splatter, swords and nudity, all delivered with intelligence and artistic flare; you'll love this.
I've waited years for this to be remastered so I can actually see what's going on instead of just black everywhere.
Well worth the money too as the box-set is beautiful and comes with the 80's yankee edited version of the first two films, re-titled 'Shogun Assassin'. Which was heavily sampled by Wu-Tang's main producers, the RZA's debut album, 'Liquid Swords'.
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on 14 January 2013
This is a series of movies that truely showcase the ulthmate weapon,the Samurai Katana.Probably best described as Japan's answer to the Western film genre.But so much better than the gunslingers of the wild west,anyone can pull a trigger,but it takes a real man to master the blade.Give me feudal Japan over the wild west any day.
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on 3 December 2012
This is one of the classic Japanese cinema productions.

I have watched it in VHS, DVD and now in Blue Ray. It gets more and more unbelievable as the series progresses but that is part of the charm. The sword tachniques are excellent and the storylines complex enough to keep them interesting.
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on 20 October 2016
The Baby Cart series is one of the pinnacle series of the era of exploitation cinema from The East.
Based you the manga and folllwing some of the major story arks this series covers the whole story of the Itto Ogami and Daigoro, his son.
As a bonus you get the western "chop edit" of the series Shogun Assassin; which collects all the series into a handy westernised movie for us westerners who can't be bothered with all the imagery and symbolism of the original films.
The main films are very well filmed and these are recent quality prints of them.
All in all a great collection for any fan of the genre or the original manga
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