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Shogun Assassin - 5 Film Collector's Edition [Blu-ray] (1980)

Tomisaburo Wakayama , Robert Houston , Kenji Misumi  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tomisaburo Wakayama
  • Directors: Robert Houston, Kenji Misumi, Buichi Saito, Yoshiyuki Kuroda
  • Format: Blu-ray, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: ANIMEIGO
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 427 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0074JODEY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,956 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Once a noble samurai, he is now he most feared assassin in Japan, known as Lone Wolf. Along with his young son and a heavily-armed baby cart, Ogami Itto travels the back roads of feudal Japan in search of vengeance. This blu-ray collector's set contains the complete series that brought new life to blood-drenched death. From the explosive first film that became a cult-classic, to the snow-capped finale, there is never a dull moment for this loving father and son, the greatest team in the history of mass slaughter!

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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mass Slaughter July 20, 2006
"Shogun Assassin" is a great film. Much "controversy" has arisen over the years regarding this film having been cobbled together from two other films in the Lone Wolf series. I think that what has been achieved is an extremely entertaining, fast-paced piece of action. By eliminating non-essential story lines and including a voice over narration, the action moves at break neck speed. The amount of blood spilled is so over the top as to be cartoonish, which only adds to the uniqueness of the movie. The DVD transfer is excellent and the restored picture is high quality. Some reviewers have complained about certain scenes being unrestored, it is actually only two shots totaling maybe five seconds in length. Both shots are of a castle and the excuse for not restoring them was that they were stock footage with no original element available. I do not know why the company had to place the disclaimer of this fact on the film, as I doubt anyone would have really noticed anyway. An added bonus on the DVD is the inclusion of the trailer which, I had never seen before. I can only imagine an audience seeing this trailer and somehow not wanting to see the film, it is awesome. Anyway, if you have never seen "Shogun Assassin" or have seen it a thousand times, buy this DVD, it is well worth it.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, but get the originals instead. September 7, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Unlike what some of the other reviews have stated, this is not spliced together episodes from a Japanese tv show. Actually, it is spliced from the first two (there are six in the series) Lone Wolf and Cub movies: Sword of Vengeance and Baby Cart at the River Styx. It is also not a kung fu film because for one thing, kung fu is a martial art form from China and this movie is from Japan and is involving samurai (who don't practice kung fu).

Unfortunately, taking two movies and cutting them down to one movie half as long hurts the story of the films. In the original films, the Shogun didn't just up and decide that he was threatened by Ogami Itto and decide to kill his family. The story is more involved and the viewer has a much stronger emotional connection with the characters of the story when watching the original versions of the film in two separate parts.

Also, the Lone Wolf and Cub series has seen a recent release onto DVD by AnimEigo and the picture and sound quality on these new DVD transfers is astounding when compared to this film. It literally looks as if it is a recent release instead of a film from the 70s. Additionally, these DVD releases contain the original Japanese audio tracks (matched with the AnimEigo's superb subtitles) not a horrible English dubbing as contained in Shogun Assassin.

All this combined, it is impossible for me to recommend this film over the originals to anyone. Granted, they both still contain ridiculous blood spurting and great swordplay and you'll still have a good time watching either Shogun Assassin or the original Lone Wolf and Cub movies but Shogun Assassin is just inferior. However, if (and only if) you really hate subtitles in your movies, then Shogun Assassin might be the way to go.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There will be blood April 10, 2009
I am not usually a fan of dubbed versions of Japanese films. Most of the time, they are so poorly done I don't know why they even bother. But somehow, I find "Shogun Assassin" to be not only forgivable, but an awesome flick.

Maybe because this is more than just a dubbed version of the original film. The director, Robert Houston, spliced together the "good parts" of two films, Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance and Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx into a single story. He then hired deaf lip-readers to help him create an English-language script that was synchronized to the mouth movements, and Mark Lindsay from the band Paul Revere & the Raiders to lay out a funky synthesizer track for a score. It reminds me a bit of the animated series Robotech or even Woody Allen's What's Up, Tiger Lily? which both created new stories out of Japanese material.

Or maybe it is because "Shogun Assassin" is just so cool. The story is a simplified version of the original Lone Wolf and Cub series. You still have the wandering swordsman with his killer baby, but this time they are only fleeing from "The Shogun" instead of any complex story of clan rivalry. They are pursued by endless squads of "ninjas" which are handily and bloodily dispatched in grand style. That's about it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Choose The Sword and you will join me"..... May 13, 2004
By N. B.
Format:VHS Tape
"Choose the ball and you join your mother"....."I know you dont understand my words, but you must choose."....
Shogun Assassin is just the first part of the many films in the Lone Wolf series, and the best! The film was BANNED SINCE 1983 in the UK, and the most bloody of the series. There are 2 parts to Shogun Assassin, so if you just get the first one you will be left hanging.
Yea, This film is Pretty violent, it reminds me of Kill Bill Vol 1. Shogun was some of QT's insperation to Kill Bill and he included some of it in Vol. 2. Shogun Assassin tells the story of Lone Wolf a powerful and feared "Masterless" samurai who lives a peaceful existence with his wife and his son. When he refuses to swear allegiance to Kurando the most vicious Shogun in Japanese history, Kurando orders the death of Lone Wolf's wife Azame. Lone Wolf vows to avenge her death, taking his son Tizuro with him on the path to darkness and retribution. Soon Lone Wolf's sword of vengeance is unleashed upon many victims,including the evil Shogun's son and the legendary "Masters of Death".
If you have ever heard the Wu Tang, GZA albulm "liquid swords" you would of heard many samples that came from this movie. This movie is pretty good, (considering its not kung fu.)Very entertaining, and the kid is pretty cute, watch for the part when he counts the victims, pretty funny...Tomisaburo Wakayama plays the Lone Wolf.
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I have the Japanese version of what is referred to as the "Babycart series." This 5 DVD collection has dubbed in English so a person does not have to keep reading the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dr. Charles Tatum
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
Saw it first on betamax! We watched it over and over and over again. This past Christmas, I ordered a copy for each of my family members. Still as good as ever. Classic!
Published 6 months ago by Sali
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
When I was younger my dad would watch this movie a lot. He didn't have it on DVD so I got him this and Shogun Assassin 2 for his birthday. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars christmas gift
Wonderful, My husbands favorite and he never saw video 4 and 5 so he finally has closure, Great find, price expected for the rareness of it.
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