Shogun Assassin (1980)


At night, we make a fire, and have our tea, and we listen for the ninja, who never make a sound.

— Daigoro

This is the most random pick ever. Shogun Assassin came because I heard that it was banned in Asian markets a couple of years after it was released. I can see why. It is violent. Quentin Tarantino borrowed some of the techniques in this movie for Kill Bill, Vol. 1.

The movie was remastered and released in 2006. The movie is like a Frankenstein. It is cut up of the five “Lone Wolf” movies of the early seventies with Tomisaburo Wakayama as “Lone Wolf”.

The movie is dubbed in English because for some reason American audiences don’t want to deal with reading subtitles. That’s bullshit.

After being betrayed by the Shogun and for the death of his wife, Ogami Itto (Wakayama) brutally slaughters legions of ninja assassins sent by the Supreme Ninja (Kayo Matsuo). Lone Wolf travels the Japanese countryside with his son, Daigoro (Akihiro Tomikawa). There are also the Masters of Death (Minoru Ohki, Akiji Kobayashi, Shin Kishida) that want to kill Lone Wolf.

The movie is a bloodbath of people being cut up like sashimi. Blood spurts out like a fountain. It’s fun.

The English dubbing ruined some of the underline tension of the film. I forgive it because it’s supposed to be a grindhouse kind of flick.

Judgment: If you want to see bloody ninjas, check this film out.

Rating: ***1/2


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Branden: I am just your average movie nut that reviews films. Gives his take on pop culture and Hollywood happenings. Dreams to have his own thriving website and make a living doing what he is passionate about.

Posted on August 11, 2009, in 1980, Drama, Foreign Language and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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