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Itto Ookami (Tomisaburo Wakayama), the ex-executioner on the run,
perpetually pushing his son Daigoro (Akihiro Tomikawa) around the
countryside in his baby cart, hiring out his services as a killer, gets
his new assignement in the most unusual of ways: 5 members of the Kuroda
clan (Akira Yamauchi, Hideji Otaki, Taketoshi Naito, Fujio
Suga, Rokko Toura) all challenge him to individual duels to test his
skills, & only when he manages to defeat (& kill) them, each of
them gives him one fiftho of his pay & one fifth of the assignement
... & it is to kill the priest Zikei who knows the Kuroda clan's
terrible secret, that their (5-year old) lord is really a girl, & he
has a document to prove it ... & furthermore he is protected by the
Yagyus, Ookami's arch-enemies, led by lord Retsudo (Minoru Ohki), Ookami's
But before Ookami can deal with the official, his
3-year old son is getting involved with pickpocket Oyoo (Tomomi Sato), who
has made him promise not to give her away, & he, the little boy,
doesn't, even if he is tortured publicly by a police official ... which
touches Oyoo in a way that she gives herself up & becomes a better
Then Ookami is attacked by lady Shiranui (Michiyo Yasuda) of the
Kuroda clan ... but why, he's already working for them ? ... well, she not
only wants to have the document stolen from Zikei to have the clan's
honour preserved, but she also wants the entire elite (inluding their
girl-lord) of the clan slain, only so that nobody will ever learn of the
clan's secret ...
First up, Ookami has to take out Zikei, which is not
quite as easy as it seems as he floats on a raft in the middle of a river,
heavily guarded by yagyu soldiers. But of course, Ookami soon devices the
plan of attacking from below, meaning he dives under the raft, cuts it
open & drags the priest into the water before anyone knows what is
happening. & under water, the Yagyu guards too seem to be easy to
defeat. & to prevent Retsudo from stealing the document back he
replaces it in its case with another (meaningless scroll). Then Lady
Shiranui washes all the scripture from the document & tells Ookami to
deliver it to the Kurodas.
The Kurodas are more than a little startled
when Ookami brings them an empty document, but not half as startled as
they are when he sarts slaughtering them by the dozen ... Until they are
all dead & the secret is well kept.
Leaving the Kurodas' place,
pushing Daigoro's cart, Ookami witnesses Lady Shiranui committing seppuku
(suicide), just to ensure that the clan's secret is really well
Not that realism was ever high on the agenda of the Baby
Cart movies, but Baby Cart in the Land of Demons really
pushes credibility way beyond its limits, not only with its enjoyably
excessive comicbook violence but also its story of characters hiring
Ookami invariably after he has slain them, & the great number
of people relishing in dieing just to keep a little secret. But all these
leaps in credibility actually make Baby Cart in the Land of Demons
an entertaining piece of samurai cinema, & a relatively fresh flick,
considering its already the fifth part of a series or films released
during a short 2 year period.