Rating (3 out of 5)
This is a Japanese martial arts film, so unless you like those, the score is probably 1 less for you.
If you are a fan of the first Lone Wolf and Cub this is a solid offering but nothing special.
Plot: The Samurai Itto Ogami (Tomisaburô Wakayama) and his son Daigoro (Akihiro Tomikawa) continue their journey, accepting assassination assignments on the way.
What I liked: Itto gets his information and money for the assassination by defeating 5 warriors. That was a bit unique and added a series of steps for him. I especially like the last person who tried to poison Itto. Like that was going to work. Hah.
Itto and Daigoro are in a town and while Itto is getting his next assignment Daigoro gets caught up with the pickpocket. The local authorities are going to whip him to force the pickpocket out into the open. Daigoro’s evolution is more entertaining at times that Itto slicing everyone to pieces.
He just pushes his son’s cart down the river and he swims to execute the assassination. The scene is a little outrageous, but not extreme but still creative a new. These elements make Lone Wolf and Cub different and fun.
What I Didn’t Like: He seems to walk into these domains and defeat all the enemies in their home base with relative ease. Wish they would find a better way to do this, it is starting to get old the Itto defeats countless people and sustain limited injuries.
There wasn’t a lot new offered to me. Lone Wolf has turned into a formula now and we are just going through the motions. Outside of the section with Daigoro, the whole film is emotionless and therefore rather dry.
Conclusion: A decent enough martial arts movie, and if you enjoy the Lone Wolf and Cub is a good addition to the series but this represents a mature and tired series.