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24 April 1974 (Japan) See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Tomisaburô Wakayama ... Ogami Itto
Akihiro Tomikawa ... Ogami Daigoro
Junko Hitomi ... Yagyu Kaori
Gorô Mutsumi ... Iwane Ozunu
Daigo Kusano ... Mudo, ghost warrior
Jirô Miyaguchi ... Muga
Renji Ishibashi ... Mumon
Teruo Ishiyama ... Shogun (as Ritsu Ishiyama)
Chie Kobayashi ... Azusa
Gakuya Morita ... Imanishi Uneme
Kyôichi Satô ... Kiyota Ryunosuke
Kôji Fujiyama ... Tomita Tatewaki
Yoshiro Takee ... Horie Taroemon
Ryô Nishida ... Okada Gonoshin
Riki Harada ... Hatanaka Tamon
Masataka Wakao
Shôji Mori
Yasuno Sakai
Koji Kanda
Yukio Horikita
Tokio Oki ... Head Clerk
Matsujiro Konaka ... Tsuchigumo
Seiichi Yoshida ... Kurokuwa
Satsuko Yamamura
Yoshihiro Maruo ... Tachibana Bunzo
Seji Katayama
Minoru Ôki ... Yagyu Retsudo
Isao Kimura ... Tsuchigumo Hyoei
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masafumi Maeda ... Kosho
Kenji Ushio ... Toseinin
Yukari Wakayama ... Maid
Mayumi Yamabuki ... Troubadour Woman

Directed by
Yoshiyuki Kuroda 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kazuo Koike  comic
Goseki Kojima  comic
Tsutomu Nakamura 

Produced by
Masanori Sanada .... producer
Tomisaburô Wakayama .... producer
Original Music by
Kunihiko Murai 
Cinematography by
Chikashi Makiura  (as Chishi Makiura)
Film Editing by
Toshio Taniguchi 
Production Design by
Akira Naitô 

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Also Known As:
"Kozure ôkami: Jigoku e ikuzo! Daigorô" - Japan (original title)
"Shogun Assassin 5: Cold Road to Hell" - USA (DVD box title)
"White Heaven in Hell" - International (English title) (literal English title)
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83 min
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Continuity: The weather conditions change between shots in the last scene, the snowfield battle. Generally the sky is overcast with mist. In some shots, blue sky can be seen and sunlight creates shadows on the snow.See more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Disappointing conclusion to the series, 10 August 2012
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

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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