Kozure Ôkami: Oya no kokoro ko no kokoro (1972)
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- Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril
- 81 min.
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The fourth Lone Wolf and Cub film, Baby Cart in Peril, rescues the franchise after the rape-filled, disjointed third film (though there's a rape here too, what is it with this manga?), with two interesting co-plots. The first has the toddler wandering off and having his own adventure, meeting his father's old rival and getting caught in a brush fire. The point made is that this is a baby who's already seen death, even killed, which fascinates the villain and leads to a confrontation with the Lone Wolf down the line. The other thread is about a badass topless female assassin who got herself some distracting tattoos to give herself an advantage. Lone Wolf is paid to track her down, and this recalls the "missing mother" themes inherent to the series. And to add more gory action, there are of course bands of assassins looking for Lone Wolf, attacking and getting massacred, including one group that disguises itself as Buddha statues. All to a funky 70s soundtrack, and helped along by interesting camera angles and sound cues. That's what I like about this series, it dares to be a little artsy, though it is evidently part of the exploitation genre.
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