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4.1
297 Ratings

Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx

Kozure Ôkami: Sanzu no kawa no ubaguruma

Directed by Kenji Misumi
Japan, 1972
Action, Drama

Synopsis

In this exploitation-cinema classic, which took the action and graphic violence of the Lone Wolf and Cub manga series to new heights, Itto Ogami and Daigoro continue their quest for vengeance, pursued constantly by the female Shadow Yagyu clan and the shogun’s spies.

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Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx Directed by Kenji Misumi

Critics reviews

Martial-arts splatter gags may have been pioneered earlier by Akira Kurosawa in Sanjuro (1962), but Baby Cart at the River Styx—where characters give entire monologues with swords jammed into their heads or while blood sprays from their necks like a lawn sprinkler—pushes the notion as far as it can go. That excess helped spread the gospel of Lone Wolf outside of Japan, when River Styx formed the bulk of the American-edited 1980 film Shogun Assassin and became a grindhouse legend.
November 08, 2016
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