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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kazuo Hasegawa ...
Moritoo Endô
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Kesa
Isao Yamagata ...
Wataru Watanabe
Yatarô Kurokawa ...
Shigemori
Kôtarô Bandô ...
Rokurô
Jun Tazaki ...
Kogenta
Koreya Senda ...
Gen Kiyomori
Masao Shimizu ...
Nobuyori
Tatsuya Ishiguro ...
Yachûta
Kenjirô Uemura ...
Masanaka
Gen Shimizu ...
Saburôsuke
Michiko Araki ...
Mano
Yoshie Minami ...
Tone
Kikue Môri ...
Sawa
Ryôsuke Kagawa ...
Yasutada
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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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Visa de contrôle cinématographique France : #15760(subtitled version) or #15760/D (dubbed version). See more »

Quotes

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 »

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Love, Obsession and Tragedy
28 March 2014 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1160, in the Heiji Era, Lord Kiyomori (Koreya Senda) travels with his court to the Temple of Itsukushima and his Sanjo Castle is invaded by two other lords, in a coup d'etat. The loyal samurai Moritoh Enda (Kazuo Hasegawa) asks the court lady Kesa (Machiko Kyô) 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 (Isao Yamagata), 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.

"Jigokumon" is a Japanese classic released in Brazil by the best Brazilian distributor on a totally restored version on DVD. The dramatic story of love, obsession and tragedy is developed in slow pace and has great performances and stunning cinematography with wonderful colors and camera angles. The tragic conclusion based on the code of honor of Moritoh that will live in disgrace is frustrating for Westerns that would prefer the conclusion with a decapitation or seppuku (harakiri) instead. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Portal do Inferno" ("Gate of the Hell")


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