The NZA Posted August 28, 2004 Share Posted August 28, 2004 Well, on Soviet Zangief's advice, i skipped much of the Lone Wolf & Cub Baby Cart series that im downloading (there were many adaptions of Koize's masterpiece, Lone Wolf & Cub, for japanese cinema & TV, but this series is heralded as the best, and most faithful), but sadly, the DVD is scarce, so thanks to suprnova.org for hookin it up. First off, its dubbed, which is a shame. The soundtrack is early 80's: sometimes fitting, sometimes not so much. Basically, this movie seems to be a compilation of some of the cooler scenes of said baby cart series (which starts with Sword of Vengence, then Baby cart at the river styx, and so forth), but what threw me off a bit was that to get everything to fit seamlessly into a few hours, they really rearranged the plot, making Retsudo Yagyu (Lone Wolf's antagonist) into the shogun himself....were i not to have seen the other films or read the story, this mightve worked more; for me, it was obviously a re-write, and came off odd at some parts. I think those who just watch this movie alone can enjoy it much more, but some of the plot details early on were changed up a bit, which was a shame, as i was fond of the sotry's origin. That said, this movie is badass. More cool action & blood than you can shake a katana at, and its quite stylish about it, too. Again, im not entirely certain if there's new material here, or if its bits from the series, im in the process of watching so ill post back...but i hope it is from the series, as it was very well done. Acting was more than Id expect from an old samurai/kung fu flick (outside of Kurosawa, of course), and characterization was well-done too...again, very faithful to the manga, which is already an outstanding piece. If youre looking for a badass stand-alone samurai flick, check this one out! If youre interested in the series, however, you might want to watch this later, as it could really confuse you as tho who the main characters are. Ill post back here after seeing more of the series....Sword of Vengence (part 1) was great, and Yagyu looks like the sensei in Kill Bill 2, so its what youd expect as well. Itto (Lone Wolf) and Daigoro (Cub) are dead-on, in my opinion. ps: a better review than my own and an excellent site for this & other great samurai flicks Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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