Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril

Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril ★★★½

Onto the 4th Lone Wolf and Cub, which has a different director and you can tell. This one has a larger range of feelings for Itto?

This is also the first film where we see Daigoro wander off from his father after becoming entranced by street performers (which is exactly what a small child would do). That leads to an interesting sequence where an unknown samurai (later revealed to be a shamed Yagyu son in hiding) watches Daigoro survive a burning rice field then duels Itto, who then refuses to finish him off because *spoiler* why kill a man who is already dead? (such a fantastic line)

Also interesting is how Itto treats O-Yuki in death - not only does he allow her to defeat the man who dishonored her, but after he fulfills his contract to assassinate her he honors her by cremating her body to prevent others from seeing her naked body without her permission again.