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Shogun Assassin (1980)

When the wife of the Shogun's Decapitator is murdered and he is ordered to commit suicide by the paranoid Shogun, he and his four-year-old son escape and become assassins for hire, embarking on a journey of blood and violent death.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomisaburô Wakayama ... Lone Wolf
Kayo Matsuo Kayo Matsuo ... Supreme Ninja
Minoru Ôki ... Master of Death
Shôgen Nitta Shôgen Nitta ... Master of Death
Shin Kishida Shin Kishida ... Master of Death
Akihiro Tomikawa ... Daigoro (as Masahiro Tomikawa)
Lamont Johnson Lamont Johnson ... Voice (voice)
Marshall Efron ... Voice (voice)
Sandra Bernhard ... Voice (voice)
Vic Davis Vic Davis ... Voice (voice)
Lennie Weinrib ... Voice (voice)
Lainie Cooke Lainie Cooke ... Voice (voice) (as Lainie Cook)
Sam Weisman ... Voice (voice)
Mark Lindsay Mark Lindsay ... Voice (voice)
Robert Houston ... Voice (voice)
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Storyline

Long ago there was a great samurai warrior who served his Shogun honorably. The Shogun however grew paranoid as he became more and more senile. The Shogun sought to destroy all those who might stand to oppose his rule, and so he sent his ninja spies to the samurai's home. The ninjas failed to kill the samurai, but did kill his beloved wife. From then on, the samurai swore on his honor to seek out the Shogun and avenge the death of his love. The samurai roams the countryside with his toddler son taking on mercenary work for money until the final battle with the Shogun's three Masters of Death. Written by William Pagan <ny952696@pacevm.dac.pace.edu>

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Action | Adventure

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A sógun orgyilkosa See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The symbol that appears through the credits is the official family crest (or Mon) of the powerful Tokugawa clan, which ruled Japan as Shoguns from 1603 until the end of the Edo (Tokugawa) period in 1868. These symbols were similar in function to flags, and like flags, it was considered sacrilegious to desecrate or destroy them. See more »

Quotes

Voice of Daigoro: When I was little, my father was famous. He was the greatest Samurai in the empire, and he was the Shogun's decapitator. He cut off the heads of 131 lords for the Shogun. It was a bad time for the empire. The Shogun just stayed inside his castle and he never came out. People said his brain was infected by devils, and that he was rotting with evil. The Shogun said the people were not loyal. He said he had a lot of enemies, but he killed more people than that. It was a bad time. Everybody living ...
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Alternate Versions

Although often mentioned among video nasty titles the film was never officially listed among the 72 films originally targeted by the DPP. The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to edit shots of heads being sliced with swords and closeups of clawed faces during the ship fight, and the 1992 Vipco video featured a pre-cut print which was also missing shots from the mirror blinding scene. The 1999 release featured the full uncut version. See more »

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Swordfight fans, you will reach Nirvana during this orgy of carnage!
5 December 2001 | by EL BUNCHOSee all my reviews

For a film edited from highlights of two films in a series of six, SHOGUN ASSASSIN is far, FAR better than it has any right to be. That said, track down the originals since they are all available on video in widescreen, subtitled editions. The cinematography will make you drool, and the swordfighting is probably the most impressive samurai-type swordwork ever put on film. Another plus is Lone Wolf, played by Tomisaburo Wakayama. Casting him for a handsome comic book hero is not what would come to mind immediately, but it is his middle-aged dumpiness that makes him utterly believeable during his fight scenes. Swordfight fans, you will reach Nirvana during this orgy of carnage! For a more impressive display of Wakayama's skills, check out LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH (frequently found in rental shops as LUPINE WOLF), the third film in the Lone Wolf series which was actually released in the states six years before SHOGUN ASSASSIN during the kung fu movie craze. In LIGHTNING SWORDS, the film remains totally unedited from the original and features a showdown between Lone Wolf and army that is equipped with not just swords, but arrows and rifles as well!!!


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