Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell

1974

Action / Adventure / Drama / Fantasy / History

92
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 2,992

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770.86 MB
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Japanese 2.0
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23.976 fps
83 min
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Japanese 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
83 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by christopher-underwood 8 / 10 / 10

fine way to conclude what, overall, is a most enjoyable and magical experience - with rather a lot of bloody violence

Fabulous conclusion to a fine series with less dubious samurai philosophy and more creative and marvellously choreographed fighting sequences. The stupendous snow scenes that open and close the film are jaw dropping and whilst watching could only imagine the filming difficulties. Subsequently I discover that these relatively short scenes took some six weeks to film with the youngster playing the cub crying at the pain of the cold and his 'Papa' near to collapse on several occasions. It is a remarkable episode in many respects and not least with regard to the cinematography which seems even finer here with some truly wonderful moments. i think I actually gasped when the opposing forces appeared on the brow of the snow clad mountain-side. The ending here differs from that in the manga partly because the film actually came before the story had been concluded - so keen apparently were the film makers to carry on with the series. Far from being a let down, as I feared it might be, this sixth and final film in the series is a fine way to conclude what, overall, is a most enjoyable and magical experience - with rather a lot of bloody violence.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 8 / 10 / 10

Disappointing conclusion to the series

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.

Reviewed by MartinHafer 8 / 10 / 10

Certainly the prettiest of the Lone Wolf and cub films....and a bit like Lone Wolf meets James Bond!

When this film began, it soon became apparent that it had a much greater cinematic quality than the previous films. The cinematography is quite artistic and I loved how they framed the shots. It also had a much grander--more wide-open sort of look to it--with, oddly, a scene of Itto and his young son skiing!!!! Then, as the film unfolds, the music is also very nice--again, with a lovely artistic flair. Truly this is the best looking of the Lone Wolf films. The scene switches to the head of the evil Yagyu clan (Retsudo) ). Apparently now it is only he and his daughter who are left--Ogami Itto has killed the rest. And so the clan chief is told that this 'problem' is going to be taken out of his hands and handled officially. The Yagyu boss begs to have one final chance and the scene then switches to a very impressive and sick scene--showing this killing machine daughter (Kaori) practicing her knife techniques. The old man coaches her as very methodically she kills three men--burying blades deed into their skulls. This is no ordinary lady!! Sadly, however, her showdown with Itto is over very quickly and it felt very anticlimactic. Immediately following Kaori's failure, the boss-man himself responds. He goes to visit Hyoei--his previously never mentioned illegitimate son. Now here's where it gets really weird...in the next scene he is officiating some sort of zombie resurrection scene. It seems three warriors were buried alive for 42 days and now they are undead killing machines. Wow...and I thought Itto's anachronistic machine guns in the stroller were weird! Things now really heat up for Itto, as everywhere he goes, anyone who helps him in any way is brutally killed by Hyoei and his Tsuchigumo Tribesmen. They are definitely much more formidable than his half-sister and it sure looks as if Itto will die at Hyoei's hand...and soon. However, Hyoei fails when he he is goaded by Itto to fight him as a samurai...and when Hyoei tries to rape his sister (ewwww--why is there ALWAYS rape in the Lone Wolf films and with his sister yet!) to continue his family line, Retsudo kills him and his sister in the act. He then tries to assume command of the Tsuchigumo--who refuse and wish to destroy Itto on their own--using their magical and mysterious ways. By now, Itto and his son have high into the snowy mountains--a hint of this was seen at the beginning of the film. Here, the Tsuchigumo are at a disadvantage--they cannot use their bizarre tunneling technique (this is a REALLY weird skill when you see it in action). But they are zombie-like magical beings and so things once again look very bad for Itto the killing machine. Fortunately, Q from the James Bond movies must have invented his baby stroller, as it helps him in this jam---which leads to a snow ski fight somewhat reminiscent of a Bond snow scene. Heck, it even has Bond-like music! However, when Retsudo turns up with his own tricked out Q-inspired baby carriage-like machine, all attempts at realism are out the window...it's truly Bond Time in the 19th century--or should I say "Wild, Wild West" time?!!! I would have to say that this is DEFINITELY the most ridiculous Lone Wolf movie and, at the same time, the most exciting to watch. It's almost non-stop insane action and wild and weird villains. It's something you just have to see. By the way, this is the last Lone Wolf film--even though "Shogun Assassin" was released in 1980. This 1980 film is actually a film chopped from the earlier films and arranged into a 'new movie'. So, if you've seen the original films there's no reason to see this later film.

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