Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades (子連れ狼: 死に風に向う乳母車, Kozure Ôkami: Shinikazeni mukau ubaguruma): Ogami Itto saves the honour of a prostitute, which leads to more work as a hired assassin. It’s yet another film that’s packed with effortless cool – slicing down the bamboo trees, ninjas fall down, Bish! Bash! Bosh! Corpses everywhere! This is definitely more wordy than the previous two outings, and the first half is overly similar to a previous story (protecting prozzies honour). The second half isn’t that memorable either, at least not until the absolute bloodbath of a finale. Wakayama plays his character with far more grit than before, he’s colder, and his dialogue is delivered with the most authoritative growl you could imagine. Poor kid though, how much bloodshed should one child be exposed to!?!? Another big game-changer is that this is the first movie in the series to feature guns, which takes the edge – and part of the appeal – from the sword fighting / showdowns. Whilst it’s not a bad film, Baby Cart to Hades isn’t really in the same league as the first two movies, and feels like it’s re-treading some plotlines.
I’ve been desperately trying to nab the full “Lone Wolf” collection on Blu-ray for cheap. I saw it listed for $20 once, didn’t purchase, and have regretted it ever since.
$20 bucks you say… FOR BLU RAYS!!! Unfortunate.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Complete-Lone-Wolf-Boxset/dp/B002MPTIYK – That’s the one I got. Around 40 bucks – for the DVDs. I was mugged!!!