Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance
release year:1972 genre:samurai viewing setting:home DVD, 5/2/00 what I expected:wasn't sure what I got:pretty easily-followed (for a change) samurai-type movie
synopsis:The Shogun's top executioner is framed and his wife is killed, so he roams the land in search of revenge, toting along his tiny son in a cart full of hidden blades and guns.
impressions:Pretty straightforward and easy to follow, which was important to me. I also liked the excessive blood and the fight scenes. I also enjoyed certain Eastern-style moments such as Ogami making his infant son choose between the ball and the sword and Ogami choosing revenge over tradition/orders, laughing at the people he's about to kill. Note that this was the first in a series of six.
acting:Decent, though I'm probably missing something due to the language & culture barrier. The actor who played Ogami really conveyed a sense of being easily able to kill anyone he wanted to...a confident aura, if you will, despite his unimposing physical appearance.
more in-depth review:Stomp Tokyo
final word:To me, one of the few watchable movies of this sort.
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