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1982 was a Giant year in genre movies, the biggest in history, it seemed every week a new genre classic was playing, my favorites were ‘Blade Runner’, ‘The Thing’, ‘Poltergeist’ and ‘Conan the Barbarian’, I was making props for the local theater, I made displays for the foyer, and I got in to see movies for free, it was a fun time. One weekend in the summer the manager tells me they are going to have an all nighter Kung fu movie night, I might enjoy a couple of them, so I end up sitting with a Kung fu crazy crowd at 2 o’clock in the morning, ‘enter the Dragon’ and ‘The Big Boss’ had just played and now it was time for a movie that changed my life, ‘Shogun Assassin’ 1980 blazed across the screen, and I fell in love with Chambara, ‘Swordplay’ film, better known as Samurai movies. An American producer took 2 70’s Japanese movies, ‘Lone Wolf and Cub, Sword of Vengeance’ and ‘Baby Cart at the River Styx’, he edited the two films into one, taking out all the boring talking bits, and made it into one film, virtually a continuous bloodbath, a massive bodycount, gallons of spraying blood, limbs and heads flying off, it’s fucking jaw dropping carnage. The shoguns lead executioner, Ogami Itto, and his son, Daigorō are on the run from the Shogun and his army of ninjas, so Itto turns into a sword for hire, killing anyone for the right price, and this motherfucker is good at his job! Holeee shit!, he’s a one man threshing machine, bodies drop left and right, dozens and dozens, helped along by little Daigorō, who’s in a stroller loaded with blades, spikes and nasty killing shit! 😳😳😳😳 Then Itto is hired to kill the Masters of Death, 3 mofos with giant straw hats and a talent for killing in the hundreds, watch out, shit is about to get crazy! This flick delivers in every way, it’s so OTT it’s often hilarious, there are fountains of blood, it’s an absolute joy to see, it also has a killer disco synth soundtrack, the film is massively entertaining, a party movie if there ever was one, it will make you giddy with excitement, as fun as a film can get.
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