LONE WOLF AND CUB 5: THE CROSSROADS TO HELL (kozure okami: meifumado) (1973 JAPAN) D: KENJI MISUMI W: TSUTOMU PAUL NAKAMURA P: MASANORI SANADA/TOMISABURO WAKAYAMA
Ito Ogami is approached by five master swordsmen from the same clan. Each time one is defeated, he learns a little more about his mission. The assassination of an abbot and the retrieval of an important document in his possession. It`s difficult to have favourites in a series of such consistently high quality, but i think this entry is particularly good. Characterization, storytelling and pathos is just as important as the violence, and there`s plenty of that too. The underwater assassination and final reel massacre are highlights. Utterly brilliant. With Michiyo Oguso, Akihiro Tomikawa, Shingo Yamashiro, Shuji Otaki, Taketoshi Naito, Yoshi Kato, Tomomi Sato, Hiroshi Tanaka, Eiji Okada and Renji Ishibashi. Next was...

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