Saturday, November 29, 2008
THE GREATEST MOVIE POSTERS EVER: LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH (1974)
Turning up on these shores some six years before SHOGUN ASSASSIN, this was the third of the generally excellent and bloody-as-a-motherfucker LONE WOLF AND CUB samurai flicks, and the movie is every bit as entertaining as the one-sheet. Coming out during the height of the 1970's chopsocky craze, LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH has nothing to do with kung fu (despite what the poster claims) but has everything to do with kicking major ass, as seen in the incredible sequence where former imperial executioner Ogami Itto — aka Lone Wolf — singlehandedly takes on an entire army of heavily armed soldiers who have horses and rifles to complement the usual assortment of swords, spears, arrows and whatnot. And guess what? He not only utterly kicks all their asses, but the bad motherfucker also survives to continue kicking ass for three more movies! This poster proudly hangs next to the humble stove here in the Vault.