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Shogun Assassin 2 - Lightning Swords of Death (1974)

Kayo Matsuo , Tomisaburo Wakayama  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kayo Matsuo, Tomisaburo Wakayama, Go Kato, Yuko Hama
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Collector's Edition, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Animeigo
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LC3IQ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,009 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shogun Assassin 2 - Lightning Swords of Death" on IMDb

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  • Original trailers

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Wandering the countryside with death never far behind, Ogami rescues a prostitute and offers to be punished in her place (which means being beaten to within an inch of his life). Impressed by his fortitude, a Chamberlain hires Ogami to assassinate a ruthless Governor, only to find out that the same Governor wants Ogami for a mission of his own.

When Ogami refuses the Governor's offer, he must face a series of assassins, including a dangerous gunslinger, a master swordsman and an army of soldiers. And to make matters worse, a former samurai keeps politely asking if they can have a duel!

To ensure that not a single drop of blood was omitted, this special collector's edition was created using a new digital transfer of the original Japanese film.

DVD Features:
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen
Dubbed in English

Bonus Material Includes:
Original Theatrical Trailers
Image Gallery
Program Notes

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
I have to wonder what it is like for those who have not read the manga epic "Lone Wolf and Cub" by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima when they watch these movie adaptations from the 1970s. Those of us who read all 142 episodes have the advantage of recognizing the various stories along the Assassin's Road that Koike works into each script. Consequently we are perfectly content to enjoy the episodic nature of these films, whereas the uninitiated might be bothered by the lack of a plot, especially if they have seen the first two films in the series and are expecting the Yagyu to be more of a presence.

"Kozure Ôkami: Shinikazeni mukau ubaguruma" ("Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades") is the third of the six films starring Tomisaburo Wakayama as the assassin for hire and Akihiro Tomikawa as his cub. Father and son continue along the Assassin's Road and there are three episodes from the manga that constitute major sections of the film, along with brief moments culled from other stories (e.g., the river crossing from #53 "Drifting Shadows" and using Daigoro drowning in a river to set up a kill from #2 "A Father Knows His Child's Heart as Only a Child Can Know His Father's"). In fact, when you spot something that does not seem familiar from the manga, it will send you scurrying to your Dark Horse Comics collection to see if you have simply forgotten it.

The first major section is from "Wandering Samurai" (#46), where a mother and daughter are brutally raped by a group of "Watari-kashi," who murder their escort. When Magomura Kanbei (Go Kato) shows up and see what has happened he kills the women and then makes the assailants draw lots so that he can kill one of them, who will then be blamed for the atrocity.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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In many ways, this is my favorite of the Lone Wolf & Cub movies. It was the first I ever saw, wherein I was trying to figure out the whole premise as it went along.

This one starts on a river trip, scenic, but I had no idea where it was going. I could not BELIEVE it when the hero cut down the first 3 assassins in the first 5 minutes... in an otherwise quiet forest, where he and his son were taking a "bathroom break". I replayed the scene twice, including slow-mo on the flourish with which he clears the blood from his sword and sheaths it.

I LOVE these movies and have watched them again and again. The photography is bright and lush when our heroes are traveling in the country. The spoken Japanese is abrupt and guttural (men) and pitched and inflected (women), and subtitles are placed well for non-distracting readability. I find myself grunting monosyllables (ooshh! yyoot!) in empathy. The costumes and side characters are bright, colorful, and medieval-Japanese folkloric (i.e., like watching "authentic" costume in a Shakespeare play).

It's an exotic, lush, exaggerated world of Japanese and Samurai absolutes that never really existed was but whose principles still appeal to some part of us. Lone Wolf & Cub are unique among Samurai movies for their exaggeration AND their not taking themselves TOO seriously.

I particularly like two things in this movie. The first is the touching interactions between father and son in simple settings like eating or washing. The second is the woman leader of the entertainment band which recruits the hero's help. She has got the best accent and attitude I have ever seen in a Japanese woman character! For that matter, NONE of the women leads in Lone Wolf & Cub movies are exactly shy, retiring types.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Way of the Warrior... April 22, 2002
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This 3rd entry in the Series is one of the best. There are several plots involved, more or less revolving around the Bushido code and what are the correct actions and responsibilities of the true Warrior, the true Samurai.
Ogami states that he and his young son, Daigoro, "live the life of Demons, without rules" but in truth, Ogami Itto is a true warrior and, although an implacable and remorseless assassin, he strictly follows the Warrior's code of behavior.
This is demonstrated in this film when he, at the outset, declines to duel with another honorable, though disgraced, Samurai; and later, when Itto saves a farm girl from servitude as a prostitute and indures the Water & Buri Buri torture (don't ask) in her place.
Very stylized and as bloody and violent as the rest, I found the six-gun packing villain a bit incongruous (six guns in the 17th Century?), and the series steps far into the fantastic with Itto literally slaying an army of opponents with a trickier than we supposed Baby Cart and a two-sword frenzy of slashing and stabbing, chopping and skewering dozens of enemies (with the by now familiar gushes and sprays of blood).
But, what the hell, James Bond can kill em by the dozen, so why not our Master of the Suiouryu Horse-Slaying Technique, Ogami Itto? And in the end, there is an elegant duel with the disgraced Samurai and we learn the true Way of the Warrior is to "live to die". Great liner notes, and good subtitles help to explain what you need to know as background to the story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Liked it but is not like the first movie...needs more action.
Published 1 month ago by RAVENWOLF
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I look the look on my tv
Published 2 months ago by jerricho
1.0 out of 5 stars Shogun Assassin 2 - Lighting Swords of Death
I should not have purchased this as I had already purchased the Lone Wolf and Cub Set -
Shogun Assassin 2 - Lightning Swords of Death . . . Read more
Published 7 months ago by Roy H. Matsuo
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
Published 8 months ago by Christina McCool
5.0 out of 5 stars Action and Adventure
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. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dee H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightning Swords of Death
Considerably enhanced from my old VHS copy which I wore out. I like this one very much. Got here fast and still in the wrapper.
Published 15 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy the genre.
My brother had this years ago on beta.
Always liked the improbable action and the sword work.
After becoming a fan of the "Zatoichi" series I found out
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Published 17 months ago by Randall K. Wilson
1.0 out of 5 stars burned up case
the case was burned up and the movie skipped/ did not play all the way through. tried to return but no label ever printed so I could return it!
Published 18 months ago by Tracy Cleaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Lone Wolf and Cub movies are the best.
I'm hook on this movies. The best samuri movies ever. I would recommend this movies to adults only. Itto Ogami has been my favorite samuri.
Published 19 months ago by Ruben R. Villagran
5.0 out of 5 stars Chambara at it's finest.
Another excellent tale featuring the dumpiest little samurai - and his kid.

Violent, bizarre, exciting and fun. Does not disappoint.
Published on August 13, 2012 by Alan Smithee
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