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Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell (1974)

Kozure Ôkami: Jigoku e ikuzo! Daigorô (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 24 April 1974 (Japan)
In the sixth and final film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, the final conflict between Ogami Itto and the Yagyu clan is carried out.

Director:

Yoshiyuki Kuroda

Writers:

Kazuo Koike (comic), Goseki Kojima (comic) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomisaburô Wakayama ... Ogami Itto
Akihiro Tomikawa ... Ogami Daigoro
Junko Hitomi Junko Hitomi ... Yagyu Kaori
Gorô Mutsumi Gorô Mutsumi ... Iwane Ozunu
Daigo Kusano Daigo Kusano ... Mudo, ghost warrior
Jirô Miyaguchi Jirô Miyaguchi ... Muga
Renji Ishibashi ... Mumon
Teruo Ishiyama Teruo Ishiyama ... Shogun (as Ritsu Ishiyama)
Chie Kobayashi Chie Kobayashi ... Azusa
Gakuya Morita Gakuya Morita ... Imanishi Uneme
Kyôichi Satô Kyôichi Satô ... Kiyota Ryunosuke
Kôji Fujiyama Kôji Fujiyama ... Tomita Tatewaki
Yoshiro Takee Yoshiro Takee ... Horie Taroemon
Ryô Nishida Ryô Nishida ... Okada Gonoshin
Tsutomu Harada Tsutomu Harada ... Hatanaka Tamon (as Riki Harada)
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The final film, and the final confrontation between Ogami and Retsudo. With most of his family already dead at Ogami's hands, Retsudo launches one last plot to destroy him, and when that fails, unleashes the fury of every remaining member of the Yagyu Clan. Written by barabbas <barabbas@dsp.net>

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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #841. See more »

Goofs

When Lone Wolf slays the last samurai on the snow, his swords have swapped hands between shots. Before the last samurai attacks, Lone Wolf has his pale-handled sword in his left hand and the dark-handled sword in his right. When he slays the samurai, it is with his dark-handled sword which is now in his left hand. See more »

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Follows Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972) See more »

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Disappointing conclusion to the series
10 August 2012 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

I was really looking forward to seeing WHITE HEAVEN IN HELL, the conclusion of the six-part LONE WOLF & CUB series of films charting the misadventures of Itto Ogami and his son Daigoro as they travel the violent landscapes of feudal Japan. Earlier films in the series – especially my favourite, the second one – have been excellent, so I was enthused to see how they finished the long-running storyline off. The bad news is that they don't; this was never intended to be the last film in the series, so things just close on a cliffhanger that was never followed up. I won't pretend that I'm not disappointed.

There's both good news and bad news for fans of this series. It's simple: WHITE HEAVEN IN HELL offers more of the same of what's come before. So there's plenty of villainous plotting, scenes of Daigoro being the lad we all know and love, and Ogami taking down numerous opponents without breaking much of a sweat. The villains are hissable, Ogami is effortlessly cool, and by now we all know what's going to happen come the end.

Yet the familiarity of this film's plot is also its downfall. I was starting to feel that things were getting a little stale in the last instalment, and that feeling is now overwhelming. The expert direction and effortless atmosphere of the earlier films is missing, and I couldn't help but feel that things were getting a little run-of-the-mill this time around. Certainly, nothing much happens we haven't seen before.

The writers try to mix things up a bit by introducing more outlandish elements to the script. I like crazy stuff in films, so I was pleased to see the presence of the undead here, and some elements of horror mixed into the narrative, but it's never fully capitalised upon. And the ending is a real let-down, an icy encounter between our feared hero and an army of skiing enemies; it's neither particularly gory nor exciting, instead coming across as rather silly. If you sit back and remember the triumphant, eye-popping ending of BABY CART AT THE RIVER STYX and compare it with what's on offer here, it's a real disappointment. And although they never did close that storyline, I'm kind of glad that things ended with this film. I can only feel they would have otherwise run this series into the ground eventually.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

24 April 1974 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Shogun Assassin 5: Cold Road to Hell See more »

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