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  • Actors: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Akihiro Tomikawa, Junko Hitomi, Gorô Mutsumi, Daigo Kusano
  • Directors: Yoshiyuki Kuroda
  • Writers: Goseki Kojima, Kazuo Koike, Tsutomu Nakamura
  • Producers: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Masanori Sanada
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: ANIMEIGO
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001Z934S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,994 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lone Wolf and Cub - White Heaven in Hell" on IMDb

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Samurai Cinema, full color anamorphic widescreen collector's edition. His sword is sharp, swift and for hire. 500 pieces of gold will buy his services and once he accepts a commission, the fate of his target is sealed! his name is Ogami Itto, the former Shogunate executioner. After the evil Yagyu clan frames him for heresy and murders his wife, Ogami roams the Japanese countryside with his son Daigoro and a crude wooden baby cart as the paid assassins known as... lone Wolf and Cub! Japanese language with English subtitles. Presented in original theatrical ratio 2.35:1. Approximate running time 83 minutes. Warning: Contains nudity and graphic violence.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 16, 2004
Format: DVD
"Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell" ("Kozure Ôkami: Jigoku e ikuzo! Daigoro") is the sixth and final film adapted from the "Lone Wolf and Cub" manga written by Kazuo Koike and illustrated by Goseki Kojima. Koike wrote the screenplays for the first four films, but Tstuomu Nakamura did the script for the last two, which might explain why the climax of the finale seems to be more appropriate for a James Bond film rather than a samurai assassin film. There were several interesting issues of "Lone Wolf and Cub" that dealt with winter settings, but Nakamura does not really avail himself of them for this script. As always, it is interesting to see how familiar stories are brought together in the film, which was directed by Yoshiyuki Kuroda.

This time there are four distinct acts to the action. First, Retsudo Yagyu (Minoru Ohki) is sending his daughter and last child, Lady Kaori (Junko Hitomi), who has perfected the falling dagger technique, after Lone Wolf and Cub (#79 "Sayaka"). Meanwhile, Ogami Itto (Tomisaburo Wakayama) has brought Daigoro (Akihiro Tomikawa) for a final visit to the grave of his mother (#58 "A Poem for the Grave") before they make their way for Edo. On the road they will encounter Lady Kaori. Second, assassins who have buried alive are reborn as divine spirits (#77 "Incense for the Living") and sent after Lone Wolf and Cub. Their strategy is to kill everybody whom father and son have contact with on the road to Meifumado (#76 "Five Wheels of the Yagyu"), which means a lot of innocents are getting killed until Ogami Itto goes off into the wildnerness to force the Yagyu's hand. Third, Retsudo attempts to persuade his illegitimate son, Hyoei (Isao Kimura) to kill Ogami Itto.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2000
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The lord Retsudo Yagyu, whose 3 sons were killed by Ogami Itto, sends his knife-juggling daughter to kill the Lone Wolf. After she fails, Retsudo demands help from an illegitimate son he abandonned in the forest and who is now a Tshuchigumo (magic tribe of the forest). He challenges Ogami to replace his father Retsudo. When he fails, Retsudo and his men try one last time to kill the Lone Wolf in a climatic fight on a snowy mountain side. A very original entry, beautifully photographed, but the fights are slightly under par (for the series of course) and the final battle involving samurai on skies and on sleighs and a Ben-Hur like confrontation between Retsudo and the Wolf on sleighs is unique but never achieves the rythm and momentum of other finales of this great series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. A Huffman on December 7, 2004
Format: DVD
Great stuff. I have been looking for these films for years, now I can get them easily. Lucky for you too.

There is nothing like Lone Wolf and Cub, it has all the elements that I like in a martial srts flick. This is a no-holds-barred type of film, full of bloody slashing and hacking but always done with a sense of style.

Get the entire series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Archmaker VINE VOICE on April 23, 2002
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This is the 6th and last entry in the series Lone Wolf & Cub. This one not only has a different director than Kenji, who directed 4 of the others, this is the entry most like a comic-book (the series is based on a famous comic book series).
Not that that is bad.

The whole series fluctuated between great period detail, serious themes, and not taking itself too seriously. It was at once graphic and fantastic, realistic and wildly improbable, factual and imaginary. serious & silly. That's what made it so damn interesting.

Throughout the series the action has taken place in different locales and landscapes of Japan. Tracing actual historical roads and cities. Now we end the series in the mountains and the snow, the White Heaven in Hell of the title.

This entry has a lot of stuff going on: Lord Retsudo of the hated Yagyu Clan, Ogami's arch enemy, sends his last child, a daughter to do in Ogami with her "Falling Dagger" technique. When, predictably, she fails, he goes to an illegitimate son that was abandoned and raised by a mountain tribe.

The downhill ski battle may not be quite as intense and exciting as the one in Her Majesties Secret Service, but it ain't bad. That Ogami's Baby Cart guns never seem to need reloading etc. are minor quibbles. If Ogami doesn't shoot em he always seems able to bifurcate them, behead them, or run em through. Red sprays all over the white snow.

Anyway, they wind the series up with a bang. One of the strangest, most unique, and unusual series ever produced anywhere. Worth it if you don't mind the violence.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven Hellerstedt on May 24, 2005
Format: DVD
There's a twenty-two page text introduction on the LONE WOLF AND CUB: WHITE HELL dvd. It explains a lot - what one in Japan calls their mother and father and respected elder. What one used to call their mother and father and respected elder. It also contains a capsule history of Japan, from the eighth century or so onward. In all, a fairly imposing prelude.

Fortunately, all my study went for nought. It turned out, after all, that I didn't need to know the proper and improper use of the term `sensei,' or the history of the city of Edo. Best yet, inadvertently starting this six-part series at part six didn't present many problems, either. WHITE HELL is a wonderfully uncomplicated and undemanding action movie. I enjoyed it very much without fussing over minute details.

Ogami Itto, the Lone Wolf of the title, travels about pushing a baby carriage containing his son, Cub. The time is winter, the carriage is on skis rather than wheels, and it's armed and plated in a manner that would do a James Bond movie proud. Itto's sworn enemy Retsudo enlists a series of champions to kill Lone Wolf, and presumably Cub, as well. These highly efficient killers include Retsudo's daughter, a knife-wielding cutie, and three young men who are buried underground for 42 days and emerge as burrowing, fast moving, earth worm-ish assassins. As Retsudo exclaims when he cracks the men out of their clay pots - `Innocent people will die. There will be a bloodbath of carnage and a tempest of death!' What more could an action movie fan ask for?

The largest ski attack ever filmed, I suppose. This fun, escapist movie has that, too. Strongly recommended.
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