Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Lone Wolf and Cub 1: Sword of Vengeance
This 1972 release is the first film in the series of six Lone Wolf and Cub movies starring Wakayama Tomisaburo as the assassin Ogami Itto.
Framed for treason, the executioner for the Shogun Ogami Itto is stripped of his office and declared an outlaw. Together, with his infant son, he sets out as a mercenary on a blood-soaked journey to revenge against the secret society that murdered his wife and robbed him of his good name. With his life in ruins, and literally believing that he in hell, he and his baby son have become the Lone Wolf and Cub.
The LW & C movies are extremely violent and graphic. For anyone not comfortable with some very graphic violence this movie is not for you. But for those interested in some kick butt sick samurai sword action, then this movie and the other LW & C films are exactly what you are looking for. Itto uses the "Suiouryu Wave-Slashing" sword stroke to kill one of the attackers from the evil Yagyu clan who framed him. Itto also demonstrates his skill when he fights off several attackers with one hand while holding his baby in the other.
In the movie, Itto confronts his targets on the Otawara Road near Nikko. When I heard that my ears perked. My wife's family lives in Otawara in Tochigi-ken.