“…No genre cinephile worth their salt has any reason not to know these films. This is a gift that AFS has given Austin, so you better not waste it, or there may be a coolly coiffed kid careening toward you in a blade-wielding cart of death, followed by the precise cut of a samurai’s sword. Come and live at the crossroads to hell.” – Josh Kupecki, Austin Chronicle
Balancing physical action with Buddhist musings on life and death, the most spiritual of the LONE WOLF & CUB films finds Samurai Itto Ogami’s combat skills put to the test by five different warrior-messengers. (Janus Films)
About this series:
Originating in a manga by writer Kazuo Koike and artist Goseki Kojima, the LONE WOLF & CUB series is one of the definitive Japanese genre creations. When the Shogun’s assassin Ogami Ittō is betrayed by his own clan, he and his only surviving relative, his one year old son, hit the road to revenge. The great success of the films ensured that it was a long road indeed. Here we present the entire original series, which captures many different variations in tone and attitude, but always remains satisfyingly action-packed and bloody.