HEAVY MIDNITES: Shogun Assassin


To celebrate Light in the Attic’s brand-new Record Store Day release of the classic Shogun Assassin soundtrack, we’re unleashing the most brutally badass Japanese hero to ever paint the screen red. Seized by the police during the U.K.’s notorious “Video Nasty” scare, the film remains one of the most deliriously entertaining and action-packed exploitation flicks of all time, slicing through pop culture and influencing everything from GZA’s Liquid Swords album to Big Trouble in Little China and Kill Bill. This ballet of bloodied bodies and slashed limbs is the Americanized condensation of the legendary Lone Wolf and Cub series, and it distills all the anger, energy and violence of the world’s most famous samurai into a frenzied grindhouse melee with English dubbing (featuring Sandra Bernhard!) and an added heavy synthesizer score by Paul Revere and the Raiders singer Mark Lindsay. Tomisaburô Wakayama (Zatoichi, The Bad News Bears Go to Japan) stars as Ogami Ittō, traveling the countryside with his young son and a deadly, tricked-out cart on a blood-thirsty mission of vengeance against the Shogun that murdered his wife. Essential viewing.
Dirs. Robert Houston & David Weisman, 1980, 35mm, 85 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Shogun Assassin”!