Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Lone Wolf Cub Volume 1|
Actor: Kinnosuke Nakamura
Director: Kinnosuke Nakamura
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Television
Master swordsman Ogami Itto held the honorable position as the Shogun's executioner. When rivals kill his wife and handmaidens it is initially believed that it was to avenge a clan lord's execution. However the ghastly dee... more »
Manga Comes to Life
Steven Fujita | Long Beach, CA | 11/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was happy to see this collection on the dvd shelf because I really want to buy the series, but kept putting it off because of the price of the previous releases which only had two discs per release. With this release, there are six discs, and cover the first three volumes of the previous releases.
There is a debate between which is better, the six movie series which starred Tomisaburo Wakayama, or the television version, which starred Kinnosuke Yorozuya. And to be honest, I like both equally.
While the movies combine some of the plots of the manga, each episode of the tv series cover one storyline. The premise, in a nutshell, is official executioner for the shogun, Itto Ogami, is framed by the Yagyu clan, and instead of committing hara-kiri, escapes and raises money to someday exact revenge on the Yagyu and restore his family's name. He raises this money by becoming a hired assassin, traveling with his three year old son, Daigoro.
The relationship between father and son seem stoic, but there is a clear bond between the two. Ogami is an assassin, but it seems he only kills bad guys. It is these two factors that make these episodes work. He puts his son in constant danger, but you forgive him because of the life he leads. He kills people to earn money, but you forgive him beacuse of the people he kills. They live a brutal existence, and you root for their survival.
Kinnosuke Yorozuya is a much more soft hearted Ogami than the one Wakayama plays in the movies, and what's really impressive is the blend of being stoic and showing affection for his son and showing emotional compassion towards his clients all at the same time. As far as the action, it's classic chambara tv action. Certainly not on par with what Sonny Chiba would do a decade later with the fight choreography, but on level with what you would have seen in any other samurai drama.
This collection has the first 13 episodes of the show. No extras, just the episodes and some movie trailers of I suppose movies that are part of the dvd library of Tokyo Shock.
Pigumon | Bay Area, CA | 05/28/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"As it should be, this rating is for this particular release, NOT THE CONTENT.
The TV show is great, it gets 4 - 5 stars.
But this is another overpriced american release... 5 episodes per volume?
You should never have to pay more than $1 per episode.
~70 episodes divided by 5 per volume times $20 per volume???
That's $280 for only 3 seasons!!!!
Typically a season box is between $20- $35. They've jacked the price up because fans will pay for it. It's really sad. It happened with Star Trek, Twilight Zone, etc. I'll have to wait till they go on clearance or get the Hong Kong release."