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Gate of Hell (1953)

Jigokumon (original title)
Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 10 December 1954 (USA)
A samurai pursues a married lady-in-waiting.



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Kazuo Hasegawa ...
Moritoo Endô
Isao Yamagata ...
Wataru Watanabe
Yatarô Kurokawa ...
Kôtarô Bandô ...
Jun Tazaki ...
Koreya Senda ...
Gen Kiyomori
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Michiko Araki ...
Yoshie Minami ...
Kikue Môri ...
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In 1160, in the Heian Period, Lord Kiyomori travels with his court to another feud and his Castle Sanjo is invaded by two other lords, in a coup. The loyal samurai Moritoh Enda asks the court lady Kesa to pose of the lord's sister to create a diversion while the lord's real sister and his father flee in the middle of the people. Then Moritoh travels to meet Lord Kiyomon and fights with him to defeat the enemies and the coup fails. Lord Kiyomon rewards the warriors that helped him and when he asks Moritoh what he wishes, he requests to marry Kesa. The lord grants his wish but soon he learns that Kesa is married with Wataru Watanabe, a samurai from the imperial guard. Moritoh harasses Kesa and threatens her, promising to kill her husband, her aunt and her if she does not marry him. Kesa's decision leads the trio to a tragic fate. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

10 December 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gate of Hell  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Visa de contrôle cinématographique France : #15760(subtitled version) or #15760/D (dubbed version). See more »


Moritoo Endô: Brother, please don't be a traitor. This isn't you.
Moritada: I know what I'm doing. What good will it do for you to serve Kyomori?
Moritoo Endô: I don't know. Once you serve him though, he's your master forever. How can you betray him in his absence?
Moritada: It's not cowardice. It's shrewd stratagy. I'm sorry to tell you Kiyomori won't be coming back.
Moritoo Endô: How can a pack of mutts defeat the Taira Clan?
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Janus Films' re-subtitled version, prepared for video releases, translates Kazuo Hasegawa's name as "Cazuo Hasegawa." See more »


Referenced in Operation Teahouse (1956) See more »

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Utterly magnificent
20 February 1999 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It has been over 40 years (!) since I first saw this film, and I still see it, whenever I can. In my opinion, not only is it a masterpiece, but its use of colour may well be the the best of any film ever made.

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