Japanese title: Kozure Ôkami: Kowokashi udekashi tsukamatsuru)
From 1972. I remember seeing this on Black Belt Theater in the ‘70s. It’s the first in a fascinating, unique series. (If a ronin assassin roaming the Japanese countryside pushing his toddler son in a baby carriage isn’t sui generis, then I don’t know what is.) The blood effects on the DVD took me by surprise – they’d been excised from the TV version (with very good reason). It’s clear they inspired Tarrantino in Kill Bill. The film’s 82-minute running time is perfect.