Lone Wolf & Cub return in their second adventure. After a betrayal by the evil Yagyu clan, Ogami Itto is forced to leave his post at the Royal Court and become assassin for hire. Along with his infant son Daigoro, they are now Lone Wolf and Cub. Tracked by a band of female ninja and facing the deadly ‘Three Gods of Death’ Lone Wolf and Cub are drawn into one of their bloodiest confrontations yet. —themoviedb.org
Born on March 2, 1921, Kenji got his start in the early 1950s, serving as an assistant director to Teinosuke KINUGASA, which included work on the Oscar-winning Gate of Hell. (The film also won the Grand Prix at Cannes.)
Beginning with his first film, Asa Taro Garasu in 1956, Kenji made almost 50 films in just under twenty years. During his tenure at Daiei in the 1960s, he was one of the studio’s three biggest directors, along with Tokuzo TANAKA (Sleepy Eyes #1, #10) and Kazuo IKEHIRO (Sleepy Eyes #4, #9, #12), however, his visual style eclipsed many of his contemporaries and earned him the nickname “Little Mizoguchi.” His work in the Zatoichi series, as well his 14 films with Raizo ICHIKAWA (which included three Sleepy Eyes of Death films and the Ken trilogy), established Kenji as a Master Jidaigeki (Period Samurai Films) Director in Japan.
After the collapse of Daiei, Kenji moved to television for a short period. In 1972, he returned to films and was given the task of… read more