Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons: once again directed by Misumi Kenji, the fifth film in the series starts with what feels like a contrived device, but the five duels as a test for the main mission serve as a way to flesh out the backstory a bit further. It also allows for a clearer view of the moral code of (this) Japan. The unrelated interlude, which puts the kid in a solo adventure, serves its purpose to show more about the characters, but it still feels a bit too tacked in. Wakayama Tomisaburoo and Tomikawa Akihiro are in their stride, knowing well what to do by now. No one else in the cast stands out, as all roles are very small. Except, of course, the omnipresent and extremely versatile baby cart, almost a character in itself. The action scenes are intense and fast-moving, but not particularly inventive in the way they are shot or edited.
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