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Shogun Assassin

Following the murder of his wife at the hands of an evil shogun, an avenging ronin (Tomisaburo Wakayama) roams the countryside with his young son—and the boy’s sword-shooting baby carriage—in tow, dispatching ninja assassins with steely resolve in operatically stylized flurries of hallucinatory violence. With its pulsing synth soundtrack (cowritten by Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & the Raiders) and delirious action set pieces—kinetically edited whirlwinds of flashing blades, spurting blood, and severed limbs—Shogun Assassin proved an instant cult favorite that has bubbled its way up from the underground to the mainstream thanks to its influence on artists ranging from the Wu-Tang Clan to Quentin Tarantino.

Country, Year Japan, 1980
DirectorKenji Misumi, Robert Houston
WriterRobert Houston, David Weisman, Kazuo Koike, Goseki Kojima, and Kazuo Koike
CastTomisaburô Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo, Minoru Ôki, Shôgen Nitta, Shin Kishida, Akihiro Tomikawa
ProducerRobert Houston, David Weisman, Shintaro Katsu, and Hisaharu Matsubara
Runtime95 MINS, SECS