Shogun Assassin

Synopsis: Long ago there was a great samurai warrior who served his Shogun honorably. The Shogun however grew paranoid as he became more and more senile. The Shogun sought to destroy all those who might stand to oppose his rule, and so he sent his ninja spies to the samurai's home. The ninjas failed to kill the samurai, but did kill his beloved wife. From then on, the samurai swore on his honor to seek out the Shogun and avenge the death of his love. The samurai roams the countryside with his toddler son taking on mercenary work for money until the final battle with the Shogun's three Masters of Death.
Genre: Action, Adventure
Production: New World Pictures
85 min

When I was little,

my father was famous.

He was the greatest samurai

in the Empire.

He was the Shogun's decapitator.

He cut out the head of 131

lords for the Shogun.

It was a bad time

for the Empire.

The Shogun just stayed inside this

castle, and he never came out.

People said his brain

was infected by devils

And Daddy's is brought in with evil.

The Shogun said his

people were not loyal.

He said he had a lot of enemies,

but he killed more people than that.

It was a bad time.

Everybody living in fear.

But still we were happy.

My father would come home to mother,

and when he'd seen her,

he would forget about the killings.

He wasn't scared of the Shogun,

but the Shogun was scared of him.

Husband ...

Maybe that was the problem.


I had a bad dream.

Don't be afraid.

Bad dreams are only dreams.

What a time you chose to be born,

Daigoro !

At night, mother

would sing for us.

My father would go into the temple

and pray for peace,

He prayed for things to get better.

Then one night ...

The Shogun sent his

ninja spies to our house.

They're supposed to kill my father

But they didn't.

That was the night everything changed.


Azami ...

Azami, your dream has come true!

Dai ... Daigoro ...

You must protect our son.

They will pay

In rivers of blood.

That was when my father

left his samurai life

and became a demon.

He became an assassin,

who walks on the road of vengeance.

And he took me with him.

I don't remember most of it myself.

I only remember the Shogun's ninjas

hunting us wherever we go.

And the bodies falling ...

And the blood.

You are marching toward death

wherever you go,

you cannot escape the Shogun.

My father hardly ever talks anymore.

We just go a little farther everyday.

At night, we make a fire,

have our tea

and we listen for the ninjas.

We never make a sound.

Sometimes he tells me about the past

and about mother.

I try not to think about it

but my father can't

help it.

Sometimes he gets lost

in the past.


I have decided to escape

and defy the Shogun.

Today I will begin walking the road to hell.

But you will choose

your own way.

So ...

soon you may be seeing heaven.

Choose the sword

and you will join me.

Choose the ball

and you'll join your mother

in death.

You do not understand my words,

but you must choose.

Come, my boy.

Choose life or death.

Your mother would be happy.

My own son will defy the Shogun.

You are my child.

Assassin with son.

By order of our lord Shogun,

in the name of Emperor Gonigi,

son of heaven.

You now have two choices:

Swear eternal loyalty to your master,

or commit harakiri

with your son.

You are wrong.

I have a third choice.

You mad man!

We command you!

He defies the Shogun's orders!


Seize him! Stop him!

What are you waiting for? Kill him!

Can't you see he's a devil?

Kill him!

You fool, bow

before your Shogun.

We see you are trapped.

You can never escape

your fate.

Some death with honor in duel

with my son, Lord Kurando.

Why don't you accept?

If you win,

the Shogun will not

challenge you anymore to come back.

How about it?

Accept this offer

or die here


Defeat my son in a

in a fair fight

and you will win your freedom.

I agree.

My son Kurando, the massacre

and his little bastard.

My strategy will not fail

What's his karma!

Sun in the heavens

blind the eyes of this mad wolf.

Fly Kurando, my boy.

Fly to glory.

Sometimes we come to a town,

but it is bad for us.

Because we are

not like other people.

The towns are dangerous.

The Shogun's ninjas are

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Kazuo Koike

Kazuo Koike (小池 一夫, Koike Kazuo, born May 8, 1936 in Daisen, Akita Prefecture) is a prolific Japanese manga writer (gensakusha), novelist and entrepreneur. more…

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