Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell: the sixth and final film in the chanbara series, directed by Kuroda Yoshiyuki, again foregoes a proper story to justify the intense action. But what glorious action it is! Set in a unique environment for the series, the crucial sequence is intense, enormous, clearly unbelievable. It also allows for just another different use of the extremely versatile baby cart. The film also ventures further into the supernatural, creating an altogether different mood in spots than anything else seen in the series. Acting in general (Wakayama Tomisaburoo and Tomikawa Akihiro, in particular, but also Ooki Minoru, the other somewhat constant face) is what it’s been expected, a tad cartoonish. The same goes for the aesthetics; Murai Kunihiko’s musical score sometimes seems out of a cop show, sometimes out of a Western, certainly not what one would expect in a samurai film.
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