DirectorYoshiyuki Kuroda Film seriesLone Wolf and Cub Duration CountryJapan
WriterKazuo Koike, Goseki Kojima Release date1974 (1974) CastTomisaburo Wakayama (Ogami Itto), Akihiro Tomikawa (Daigoro), Junko Hitomi (Yagyu Kaori), Goro Mutsumi (Ozunu), Daigo Kusano, Kyôichi Satô (Ryûnosuke Kiyota) Similar moviesThe Last Samurai, Hitman: Agent 47, 13 Assassins, 47 Ronin, Blackhat, You Only Live Twice
Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell(子連れ狼 地獄へ行くぞ!大五郎,Kozure Ōkami: Jigoku e ikuzo! Daigoro, literally "Wolf with Child in Tow: Let's Go To Hell, Daigoro!") is the final entry in a series of six Japanese martial arts films based on the long-running Lone Wolf and Cub manga series about Ogami Ittō, a wandering assassin for hire who is accompanied by his young son, Daigoro. Although this is the last film in the series, it does not end the story or include the conclusion of the series as written in the manga.
The swordsman Ogami Ittō is confronted by a secretive branch of the Yagyū clan that practices black magic, including the ability to burrow through the earth. He encounters Kaori, a female expert with knives. And there's Hyouei, an illegitimate son of Yagyū Retsudo who kills anyone Ittō and Daigoro come into contact with. It culminates in a final battle between Ittō and the combined clan groups under Retsudo on a snow-capped mountain in northern Japan, in which the baby cart becomes a sled. Ittō defeats the entire army, shooting, stabbing, slashing, dismembering, and beheading the entire army. But the one-eyed Retsudo again gets away, vowing to kill Ittō another time.
Tomisaburo Wakayama as Ogami Ittō
Akihiro Tomikawa as Daigoro
Junko Hitomi as Yagyū Kaori
Isao Kimura as Yagyū Hyouei
Minoru Ohki as Yagyū Retsudo
Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell was released theatrically in Japan on 24 April 1974. The film was released on home video in the United states as Lone Wolf and Cub - White Heaven in Hell by Samurai Cinema, a division of AnimEigo, Inc. The film was later released by the Criterion Collection on DVD and Blu-ray on November 8, 2016.