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Still wandering the countryside both on the run from the Yagyus &
plotting revenge against them, Itto Ookami (Tomisaburo Wakayama) & his
son Daigoro (Akihiro Tomikawa), whom he pushes around in his baby cart,
cross paths with Kanbei (Go Kato), a samurai fallen from grace who has
hooked up with the wrong people & is now forced into the role of a
killer because of their stupidity.
But when Ookami witnesses him
killing, Kanbei has to challenge Ookami to a duel,, to get rid of a
witness (but secretly he hopes to end his own misery that way. Ookami
though sees that beneath all his flaws, Kanbei is a true warrior, &
calls it a draw before they even start to fight.
Later Ookami & son
save the life of a woman who has been sold off into slavery but has killed
her master when he was trying to rape her. Now the wandering warrir clan
Boochachimono is behind her. Ookami, not wanting another bloodbath, agrees
to undergo a ritual that ultimately would set the woman free ... & the
Boochachimono xsstick to their word & let the woman go ... but that
doesn't keep them from severely torturing Ookami as part of their ritual.
But Ookami survives everything without even as much as moaning ...
Torizo (Yuko Hamada), the cfemale leadeer of the Boochachimono, tells
Ookami to finally atone for the woman's sins he has to kill lord Genba
(Izao Yamagata), a clanleader gone rogue & an enemy of the
When Ookami meets with lord Genba though, Genba tries to
hire him to kill another clanleader, offers him good money, &
furthermore the other clanleader is in cahoots with Ookami's arch-enemies,
the Yagyus ... so it's allthe more reason to worry when Ookami declines
Genba promptly (& rightly) suspects the only reason for this
might be that Ookami is after his own head, & soon hires warriors from
near & far, including archers & gunmen, to get rid of Ookami,
& eventually Ookami finds himself surrounded by a veritable army, only
armed with his sword & Daigoro's babycart ... which seems to be pretty
much enough since the babycart can be used as a shield against the arrows,
& obviously has built-in machineguns. & after the gunmen &
the archers are all dead, Ookami slashes his way through the rest of the
army & ultimately lord Genba himself ...
At the end, only Ookami
& Daigoro are left alive, & Kanbei, who has taken up employ from
lord Genba merely to get another chance to fight Ookami.... & this
time Ookami accepts the challenge.
Of course, Kanbei dies in the end,
but he can die a happy man, because he dies like the warrior he always
wanted to be.
Of course, the third Lone Wolf & Cub-movie
has little new to offer plotwise (especially since the first 2 movies
weren't all that original in the first place), but it displays an
entertaining array of weapons (especially the babycart turning into a
machinegun), lots of comic-book-style over-the-top violence.& even
some touches of elegance (most notably in the Boochachimono).