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Lone Wolf & Cub (TV) Volume 1


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  • Actors: Kinnosuke Nakamura
  • Directors: Kinnosuke Nakamura
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: April 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 225 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012R1R2A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Lone Wolf and Cub chronicles the story of Ogami Itto, the Shogun s executioner who uses the Dotanuki battle sword. He was disgraced by false accusations from the Yagyu clan and has been forced to take the path of the assassin. Along with his three-year-old son, Daigoro, they seek revenge on the Yagyu clan and are known as Lone Wolf and Cub .

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3.7 out of 5 stars
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Perkins on July 9, 2008
This is an excellent TV series, not as bloody as the films but it is more faithful to the original Manga books.
My biggest criticism is that Media Blasters are only putting two episodes per disc. Apart from the cost, that's an AWFUL lot of DVD's taking up shelf space.
The good news is that there will be a box set, the bad news is it could be some time coming.
Even though I have bought the first two releases (and enjoyed them enormously) I think I'll wait for the Box Set.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By AKE on March 23, 2008
It's finally here! The TV show that spawned some 10 Lone Wolf & Cub/ Shogun Assassin movies. The show ran for three years, with over 20 episodes in each season. The show holds up better over time than the movies which suffer from a cheesy 70s soundtrack and gallons of bright red paint/blood. For the most part the plots in the movies come directly from the TV show, so you may get that "Haven't I seen this before?" feeling.

The premise for the show is basically the same as the movies. Ogami Itto, high executioner for the shogun has his family murdered and is framed for plotting to kill the shogun. He is ordered to commit suicide, but instead goes on the run with his son Daigoro as an assassin for hire, working for anyone that can pay his 500 gold fee. Lord Retsudo and his Yagyu clan, who has been charged with killing Ogami by the shogun and also wants revenge for Ogami being chosen as high executioner over Retsudo's own man, constantly pursues him.

While the movies can best be described as blood and gore action movies, the TV show is more focused on a deeper story, mainly centered on the concept of samurai honor. For example, Ogami teaches his son that a samurai never begs. When Daigoro gets separated from his father (which happens quite a lot!) he nearly starves to death, yet still refuses to take handouts from kindly strangers. There is still plenty of action and sword fights (and yes, the Gatling gun baby cart is still there!), but it's not just mindless Rambo-esqe violence.

I only wish the release format they are using was different. This set apparently contains four 1-hour episodes. There are over 70 episodes in the series. It could take several years to release the entire run!

UPDATE: My guess about 4 episodes in this release was incorrect.
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By Dee H. on October 16, 2013
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It's rated 5 stars because it's just good. The filming is quite old, so expect some problems, but it's still a good story. IF you like the history of the Yagyu clan, you'll like LWAC. It's a good story and has a climatic ending!
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Is there a conclusion in the series?
yes, it has definite ending, slightly different from the manga (the amount of assassin gold collected for one), daigoro was played by an older and better looking kid and restudo looks too obvious as younger guy with crappy white wig and 'aging' makeups, but the series does end properly.
Sep 14, 2012 by Y. Sun |  See all 2 posts
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