Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx

Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx ★★★★★

it’s been a minute since i watched shogun assassin so i need to rewatch to be sure, but after sword of vengeance, i got really hit by how much of a difference there is between the sequence of films proper and that dubbed mashed-up piece of art; maybe i should be more ashamed that i wasn’t expecting that.

that said, this is an amazing movie and kicks things up having taken full advantage of the first film to set the scene (double feature is a must) and amp up the dramatics and violence to a new level. the fight scenes are glorious, the pacing’s perfect, and the monologuing is beautiful (no spoilers but the bit at the end about the sound made me smile with glee at the writing and performance of the line while also carrying on and self referencing that impeccable use of sound from the first film).