Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (Kozure Ōkami: Kowokashi udekashi tsukamatsuru) was released in 1972 and was the first film in the popular Lone Wolf and Cub series.
Based on the manga series of the same name, 6 films were released in total and Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance is also famous for being one of the films that made up the cult Shogun Assassin film.
About 11 minutes of Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance was combined with most of the second film in the series, Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx, to make Shogun Assassin
Released in 1972, the film was directed by Kenji Misumi and stars Tomisaburo Wakayama as the main character Ogami Ittō.
The film stays faithful to the original manga and charts a story of revenge and honour that sees Ogami rent his services for 500 pieces of gold while planning his revenge on the clan that murdered his wife and ruined his reputation.
The films lurches between calm story-telling and brutal violence that stays true to the original manga. Anyone with an interest in Japanese cinema, as well as the western Shogun Assassin film will enjoy this classic action-film that launched the classic six-film series.
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