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The shogun gives Retsudo Yagyu (Minoru Ohki) an ultimatum to get rid of
his (& all Yagyus') arch-enemy Itto Ookami (Tomisaburo Wakayama) &
his little son Daigoro (Akihiro Tomikawa), & when Retsudo fails again,
the shogun will officially declare him a criminal & sanctionize his
demise ,... & the Yagyu-clan will lose face.
As Ookami has already
killed all of Lord Retsudo's sons, he sends his daughter, Kaori (Junko
Hitomi), master of the flying dagger - a technique that involves juggling
& throwing of daggers -, to get rid of him. She soon finds Ookami
& Daigoro, & makes friends with Daigoro to get close to his
father, but he has seen through her pretense long before she attacks him,
& to put her technique out of action, Ookami carries Daigoro on his
head (as the falling dagger technique involves a dagger splitting the
opponent's head, faling from above ... & soon Kaori ends up dead.
Lord Retsudo turns to Hyouei (Isao Kimura) his son born out of wedlock, to
help him get rid of Ookami, but Hyouei despises his father & the whole
Yagyu clant, who never have accepted him, & agrees to get rid of
Ookami only to with his own clan, the Tsuchigumo, a macabre clan that
doesn't even shy away from burying its fighters alive to improve their
fighting skills. & the Tsuchigumo have quite a mean way to get to
Ookami too, to first kill off all the people in his vicinity to strauin
his nerves, & only when they think he is suitably nervy (& has
since retreated into the wilderness to not cause anymore innocent deaths),
does Hyouei attack him ... but before long ends up with a blade in his
back ... but begs Ookami not to kill him until he has fulfilled his
destiny. Ookami agrees, even if that destiny is raping his sister Azusa
(Mayumi Yamaguchi) to impregnate her ... but Retsudo, when he sees his son
fucking his daughter kills them both.
Then Retsudo tries to bring
Hyouei's 3 killers (who have been buried alive) under his control, but
they refuse to work for the Yagyus & try to kill Ookami on their own,
but of course meet their ends at his hands instead.
Now it's all out war
of everyone against Ookami & Daigoro, in the snow, so many of
Retsudo's samurais are on skies (!), while Ookami demonstrates that
Daaigoro's baby cart can not only be used as machine gun & protection
against bullets but also as sleigh.
To little szurprise, but with all
the more panache, Ookami slaughters his way through Retsudo's men, &
in the very end has slain another army, only Lord Retsudo has yet again
The last of the Baby Cart films is also the most
bizarre, almost surreal one, full of weird to macabre details, from the
buried alive assassins to rocket launchers or (in a scene at the
graveyard) freshly killed corpses breaking through stone walls or dagger
juggling swordswoman, & the showdown in the snow on skies is, while
being anything but authentic, just great fun (& greatly done, too, by
the way). So, if anyone might say it's silly, I fully agree, but it's also
greatly enjoyable (for open-minded, childish people like me at least).