Fountains of Blood! SHOGUN ASSASSIN September 7th at Schlafly Bottleworks
“You are marked for death… wherever you go! You cannot escape the… Shogun!”
SHOGUN ASSASSIN screens Wednesday, September 7th at Schlafly Bottleworks Restaurant and Bar (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, MO 63143) as part of Webster University’s Award-Winning Strange Brew Film Series.
“Send Your Ninjas! I’ll Kill Them All!!! And so he does!! SHOGUN ASSASSIN (1980) is a bizarre and amazing cult classic samurai film that is apparently pieced together from two longer films in the “Lone Wolf and Cub” Series. From my point of view the viewer would never know this was a composite film and it stands alone as an amazing and strangely hypnotic piece of violent film history. SHOGUN ASSASSIN has some of the best sword fights ever shot on film. The plot has Lone Wolf (Tomisaburo Wakayama) travelling the countryside, pushing his son, Daigero, ahead of him in a baby cart. The only time he stops is to battle the seemingly infinite number of ninja the Shogun sends out to kill him. The film has blood spurting every few minutes but is not meant to be realistic. It’s more a bloody dance. Bodies take seconds to fall over, defeated swordsmen spurt blood up in the air for seconds before falling over, and blood spurts up in front of (and sometimes onto) the camera. This extremely violent, yet aesthetically impressive film was directed originally by Kenji Misumi. The sword fighting in SHOGUN ASSASSIN is unreal and stunning. I recommend this to fans of action but also to serious film fans, as there is something going on here you might not expect. In conclusion, If you don’t see it next Wednesday night at Schlafly Bottleworks, you will pay……WITH RIVERS OF BLOOD!!!”
SHOGUN ASSASSIN is dubbed into English and features a Moog-heavy soundtrack, which was later heavily sampled on Wu Tang Clan rapper GZA’s solo album “Liquid Swords,” helping introduce the film to a whole new generation of fans. Scenes from SHOGUN ASSASSIN are also featured in KILL BILL VOL.2 and the film was a major inspiration for director Quentin Tarantino.
Don’t miss SHOGUN ASSASSIN when it screens Wednesday, September 7th at Schlafly Bottleworks Restaurant and Bar in Maplewood (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, MO 63143) as part of their Strange Brew film series . The movie starts at 8pm and admission is $5. A yummy variety of food from Schlafly’s kitchen is available as are plenty of pints of their famous home-brewed beer.
A Facebook invite for the event can be found HERE