Shogun Assassin

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Overview

More a "greatest hits" movie than an actual stand-alone film of its own, Shogun Assassin is the delirious hybrid of two episodes of the popular Baby Cart series dubbed into English and fused together into a hyper-violent bloodbath ballet that's sure to entertain the samurai-film enthusiast with a strong stomach. The swords fly fast and furious as a wondering shogun is forced into exile after being framed and his wife murdered. Giving his infant son the choice between the merciful release of death (represented by ...
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Overview

More a "greatest hits" movie than an actual stand-alone film of its own, Shogun Assassin is the delirious hybrid of two episodes of the popular Baby Cart series dubbed into English and fused together into a hyper-violent bloodbath ballet that's sure to entertain the samurai-film enthusiast with a strong stomach. The swords fly fast and furious as a wondering shogun is forced into exile after being framed and his wife murdered. Giving his infant son the choice between the merciful release of death (represented by a ball) and the life of constant threat and danger (a sword) the child reaches for the sword, marking the beginning of a brutally violent struggle for survival among a sea of would-be assassins. From this point on plot is secondary, focusing instead on a series of violent vignettes in which limbs fly freely in a furious blur of lightning swords. Utilizing masterful swordsmanship in addition to a cleverly designed and lethal baby carriage, father and son are in a constant state of ultra-alert adrenalized awareness, conscious that instant death may lurk beyond every carefully chosen path.
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Special Features

Program notes; Daigoro's history lesson; Restoration gallery; Original theatrical trailers
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Driven by the desire for blood-lusting vengeance and an ample supply of the red stuff, Shogun Assassin chops, slices, dices, and minces its way through 86 minutes of sheer visceral samurai fury. Barely given a chance to breathe before the fearsome Lone Wolf begins his impetuous quest to avenge the tragic murder of his wife, Shogun Assassin provides a blusteringly brutal contrast to the comparatively restrained feudal endeavors of Akira Kurosawa. With its endearingly inadequate dubbing, strikingly choreographed fight sequences, startling gore that would make George Romero wince, and quirky gadgetry of the deadly baby cart in which his son (who also provides the narration) travels, Shogun Assassin's reputation as a cult film has endured, insuring its resurfacing every few years to a new and unexpecting audience, even if they are initially unaware that it is little more than the fusion of two films in a more detailed and complex series. It is for this reason that Shogun Assassin serves as an entertaining and stylized introduction to the grandiose samurai tradition in Japanese film, reeling in unfamiliar audiences while whetting their palate to find out more about the wildly popular story from which it derives.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/11/2006
  • UPC: 737187011290
  • Original Release: 1980
  • Source: Animeigo
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,136

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tomisaburo Wakayama Lone Wolf
Masahiro Tomikawa Daigaro, the Son
Kayo Matsuo Supreme Ninja
Shin Kishida Masters of Death
Lamont Johnson Voice Only
Marshall Erwin Efron Voice Only
Sandra Bernhard Voice Only
Lenny Weinrib Voice Only
Mark Lindsay Voice Only
Robert Houston Voice Only
David Weisman Voice Only
Shoji Kobayashi
Technical Credits
Robert Houston Director, Screenwriter
Kenji Misumi Director
David Weisman Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Joseph M. Ellis Associate Producer
Shintaro Katsu Producer
Kazuo Koike Original Story, Screenwriter
Goseki Kojima Original Story
W. Michael Lewis Score Composer
Mark Lindsay Score Composer
Michael Maiello Associate Producer
Chishi Makiura Cinematographer
Hisaharu Matsubara Producer
Akira Naito Art Director
Lee Percy Editor
Hideakira Sakurai Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Shogun Assassin
1. My Dad [5:15]
2. A Bad Memory [:58]
3. My Choice [2:19]
4. Our Third Choice [1:59]
5. The Shogun [:57]
6. In the Wheat [1:31]
7. Checking In [2:30]
8. A Warm Bath [2:41]
9. Another Memory [1:16]
10. In the Water [1:19]
11. Female Ninja [3:46]
12. Signs in the Snow [3:53]
13. Dad's Mission [2:23]
14. Keeping Count [2:13]
15. Deadly Radishes [1:48]
16. The Supreme Ninja [1:35]
17. In the Forest [3:06]
18. Taking a Rest [1:31]
2. Their New Plan [1:00]
20. Helping Dad [2:10]
21. Nightfall [8:08]
22. On the Boat [4:57]
23. Below Deck [3:33]
24. The Fire [3:28]
25. Staying Warm [5:15]
26. She Failed [1:00]
27. The Rebel Ambush [4:42]
28. Masters of Death [3:36]
29. The Shogun's Brother [1:40]
30. End Credits [4:11]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Shogun Assassin
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   Chapters
   Captions
      The Collector's Edition of Shogun Assassin Contains an Optional Caption Track That Provides Translations of Japanese Text That Appears in the Film.: Play Film Witn No Captions
      The Collector's Edition of Shogun Assassin Contains an Optional Caption Track That Provides Translations of Japanese Text That Appears in the Film.: Play Film Witn Captions
   Trailers
      Shogun Assassin Trailer
      Sword of Vengeance Trailer (Lone Wolf and Cub 1)
      Lady Snowblood Trailer (Also Written by Koike Kazuo)
      Demon Spies Trailer (Also Written by Koike Kazuo)
   Extras
      Program Notes
      Daigoro's History Lesson
      Restoration Gallery
      DVD Credits
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