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December 31, 2016

Episode 303: The Lone Wolf & Cub Saga

Special Guest: Marc Walkow
Guest Co-Hosts: Geoff Todd, Axel Kohagen

The Lone Wolf & Cub Films (also known as the Babycart Films, the Kozure Okami Films, the Shogun Assassin series and more) are six movies released from 1972-1974 starring Tomisaburo Wakayama as Ogami Itto, the Shogun's decapitator. After he's framed by the villainous Yagyu clan, he travels the countryside with his young son in a tricked-out baby cart as an assassin and son for hire. Adapted from the manga by author Kazuo Koike, the films are both gorgeously contemplative and gory bloodbaths.

Geoff Todd and Axel Kohagen join Mike to discuss the original manga, the television adaptations, the 1989 follow-up film, the 1992 reboot, and a handful of influences that the films have had on American popular culture.

Listen/Download Now:

Mike Guests on The Kulturecast:
Listen to "Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance" on Spreaker.

Buy Lone Wolf & Cub on Blu-Ray
Buy Father, Son, Sword: The Lone Wolf And Cub Saga by Tom Mes
Buy the manga from Kazuo Koike
Buy the TV series from Kuroto Kagigumi
Buy Assassin on the Road to Hell (LW&C 7) on DVD
Read The Lone Wolf Legacy, Part 1 – Baby Cart in Purgatory, or: Lone Wolf on TV by Tom Mes
Read The Lone Wolf Legacy, Part 2 – Shogun Assassin, the Bastard Cub by Tom Mes
Read The Lone Wolf Legacy, Part 3 – The Endless Road by Tom Mes
Read The Road to Hell: Designing Lone Wolf and Cub by Eric Skillman
Listen to the Talk Without Rhythm episode on LW&C 1 & 2
Read Ogami Itto On the Road of Meifumado by Mike White
Subscribe to Korzure Okami's YouTube Channel
Download Jonathan Higgins's Babycart Schematic

Music from Hideakira Sakurai and Kunihiko Murai


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