Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril

Director: Buichi Saito

Year: 1972

In a temple. Statues come to life, lung at him from all sides. Lone Wolf hacks off their limbs. The assassins still persist. One bites at his kimono.

Great cinematography. Thin story line. Great action scenes, with two much (as usual) gun powder at the end. One sort of amusing aspect: The make-up man clearly seems to have been asleep on the job, as all the men look like they have had hair transplants.

This isn’t the best of the Lone Wolf and Cub series. But it is certainly watchable.

Much better than something like Kill Bill. A few notches below the best samurai films. 

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4 Responses to Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril

  1. Jason D says:

    I love Lone Wolf and Cub, flaws nothwithstanding. That kid is a source of endless amusement. And Kill Bill was probably only really good for those who didn’t know all the references.

  2. brendanconnell says:

    Yes, that is probably true about Kill Bill. I do like Lone Wolf, but find some other serials, such as Zatoichi and Sleepy Eyes of Death, more satisfying. The actor who plays Lone Wolf, Tomisaburo Wakayama, was actually the brother of the actor who played Zatoichi. If you like him, he was in a number of other good films, most notably Japan Organized Crime Boss. I also have some episodes of a TV show where he plays a deaf samurai–Mute Samurai.

  3. Jason D says:

    Zatoichi is great; I agree, better than Lone Wolf. I haven’t seen Sleepy Eyes. It’s always nice to have something to look forward to.

  4. brendanconnell says:

    Yes. If you like Zatoichi, there is also a TV series of 100 episodes that is very good. I think I have about 20 or 25 of them, and most of them are quite entertaining. There is a Lone Wolf TV series too, but the actor in that isn’t Wakayama, so it is a bit boring.

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