KIKI’S TOP FIVE FAVOURITE JAPANESE FILMS: HONORABLE MENTION - Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance
I remember that, at the video store where I once worked, we used to have a sign in the japanese cinema section, which (somewhat snarkily) directed customers seeking Shogun Assassin to the Lone Wolf and Cub series because:
Shogun Assassin, known in Japan as Kozure Ōkami (子連れ狼?), is a jidaigeki film made for the British and American markets and released in 1980… Shogun Assassin was edited and compiled from the first two films in the Lone Wolf and Cub series, using 12 minutes of the first film, Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance, and most of Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx.
Oh man, I miss Pic-A-Flic so much - I hope they never go out of business! I haven’t read all of the manga, or seen all six of the films in the series, but I’m thinking maybe Bean and I will try to get a hold of them (with English subs, for me) when we are reunited in Japan and we will host a little marathon!
I especially recommend this film for fans of Kill Bill or Samurai Jack, both of which are inspired by and directly reference Lone Wolf and Cub: