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Genre: Action

Duration: 82 Minutes

Rating: R

Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx

Part of our The Way of the Sword: Samurai Film Talk Series!

Hosted by Ryan Ferguson  

Samurai, the sword-bearing warrior, has been one of the central images of Japanese Cinema from its inception. The Way of the Sword is a look at the films on the fringe of mainstream samurai and chanbara cinema. These darker, stylized films found their place at late-night screenings and have indelibly influenced cinema and pop culture.  

Ryan Ferguson  

Ryan Ferguson is a film programmer and musician based in Hamilton, ON. He was the lead programmer of the AGH Film Festival between 2014 and 2021 and is the former Curator of Film at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Ryan currently programs the theatrical and special event film screenings at The Westdale. Japanese historical and contemporary cinema is Ryan’s primary area of interest, and ‘The Way of the Sword’ is part of a series of film programs he is developing to provide more exposure to the lesser seen corners of Japanese Cinema. 

Directed by: Kenji Misumi

Year of Release: 1972

Awards: None

Country of Origin: Japan

Language: Japanese (English Subtitles)

In the second film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto battles a group of female ninja in the employ of the Yagyu clan and must assassinate a traitor who plans to sell his clan’s secrets to the Shogunate.