LONE WOLF & CUB: SWORD OF VENGEANCE

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.

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