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Lone Wolf and Cub

Lone Wolf and Cub is a well-known gekiga or manga created by the writer Kazuo Koike and the artist Goseki Kojima. Its story led to the creation of six films starring Tomisaburo Wakayama, four plays, television series and much more.
Lone Wolf and Cub chronicles the story of Ogami Itt?, the Shogun's executioner who uses the Dotanuki battle sword. He was disgraced by false accusations from the Yagy? clan and has been forced to take the path of the assassin. Along with his three-year-old son, Daigoro, they seek revenge on the Yagy? clan and are known as "Lone Wolf and Cub".

Lone Wolf and Cub Movies

Six Lone Wolf and Cub films starring Tomisaburo Wakayama as Ogami Itt? have been produced based on the manga. They are also known as the Sword of Vengeance series, based on the English language title of the first film, and later as the Baby Cart series, because young Daigoro travels in a baby carriage pushed by his father. The first three films, directed by Kenji Misumi, were released in 1972 and produced by Shintaro Katsu, Tomisaburo Wakayama's brother, and the star of the 26 part Zatoichi film series. Shogun Assassin (1980) was released as an English language compilation for the American audience, edited mainly from the second film, with 12 minutes of footage from the first. The next three films were produced by Wakayama himself and directed by Buichi Saito, Kenji Misumi and Yoshiyuki Kuroda, released in 1972, 1973 and 1974 respectively.

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