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#46: Lone Wolf and Cub Baby Cart at the River Styx

 

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We jump head first into the wild world of 1970s Japanese cinema with the second installment of the preeminent chambara film series of the decade: Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx!

  • Intro (00:00)
  • Review (35:09)
  • Twitter Questions (1:42:32)

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#12: The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)

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Introduction + News (00:00):

Grant talks about the Winter 2017 season, while I talk mostly about the Spring 2017 season because I mistakenly looked at the wrong chart… Yep, that happened.

Review (44:10):

Since the Zatoichi series spans over 26 films and 100 TV episodes, I figured the original film from 1962, The Tale of Zatoichi, was as good a place as any to start with.  In the director’s chair for our titular character’s first outing is Kenji Misumi who would go on to direct four more Zatoichi films, the Lone Wolf and Cub films, and many other noteworthy titles in the genre.  The real draw of the film, of course, is the irreplaceable Shintaro Katsu, as Zatoichi, an itinerant blind masseuse and gambler, who despite outward appearance, possesses extraordinary sword fighting skills.

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