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Gate of Hell (1953) More at IMDbPro »Jigokumon (original title)


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Release Date:
10 December 1954 (USA) See more »
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Nice colors, slow story, great climax See more (21 total) »


  (in credits order)
Kazuo Hasegawa ... Moritoo Endô
Machiko Kyô ... Kesa
Isao Yamagata ... Wataru Watanabe
Yataro Kurokawa ... Shigemori
Kôtarô Bandô ... Rokurô
Jun Tazaki ... Kogenta
Koreya Senda ... Gen Kiyomori
Masao Shimizu ... Nobuyori
Tatsuya Ishiguro ... Yachûta
Kenjiro Uemura ... Masanaka
Gen Shimizu ... Saburôsuke
Michiko Araki ... Mano
Yoshie Minami ... Tone
Kikue Môri ... Sawa
Ryôsuke Kagawa ... Yasutada
Shinobu Araki ... Iesada
Kunitarô Sawamura ... Moritada
Kanji Koshiba ... Munemori
Fujio Harumoto ... Kanefusa
Taiji Tonoyama ... Kakisuke
Hiroshi Mizuno ... Otoami
Shôzô Nanbu ... Sadafusa
Shintarô Nanjô ... Tanenari
Toshiaki Konoe ... Masazumi
Ryûzaburô Mitsuoka ... Sadachika
Eigorô Onoe ... Kunitsune
Kan Ueda ... Oil salesman
Seishirô Hara ... Mitsusada
Sumao Ishihara ... Pot salesman
Saburô Date ... Tomoyuki
Omenosuke Ichikawa ... Priest
Tominosuke Hayama ... Peddler
Yukio Horikita ... Heita
Takaji Fukui ... Naganobu
Fumihiko Yokoyama ... Giheiji
Akira Shimizu ... Yoshiharu
Tôgo Ônami ... Tadatsuna
Kazue Tamaki ... Nariie
Masayoshi Kikuno ... Yoshitomo
Jun Fujikawa ... Tsunetsugu
Tadashi Iwata ... Takahira
Kiyoshi Takikawa ... Tomomori
Toshio Chiba ... Michizane
Tokio Oki ... Tadamitsu
Eiichi Kusumoto ... Koreaki
Hajime Koshikawa ... Cowboy
Hachiro Okuni ... Low-rank man

Directed by
Teinosuke Kinugasa 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kan Kikuchi  play "Kesa's Husband"
Teinosuke Kinugasa  writer
Masaichi Nagata  writer

Produced by
Masaichi Nagata .... producer
Original Music by
Yasushi Akutagawa 
Cinematography by
Kôhei Sugiyama 
Film Editing by
Shigeo Nishida 
Production Design by
Hiroshi Ozawa 
Art Direction by
Kisaku Ito 
Set Decoration by
Kosaburô Nakajima 
Costume Design by
Shima Yoshizane 
Makeup Department
Ritsu Hanai .... hair stylist
Toshikazu Noguchi .... makeup artist
Production Management
Tomeo Adachi .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kenji Misumi .... first assistant director
Art Department
Clément Hurel .... poster artist
Akira Naitô .... assistant art director
Uichiro Yamamoto .... property master
Sound Department
Yukio Kaihara .... sound
Sakae Nagaoka .... sound recordist
Shôhei Miyauchi .... fight choreographer
Camera and Electrical Department
Heizô Honda .... assistant camera
Yasuo Iwaki .... lighting technician
Shonojo Kato .... gaffer
Kan'ichi Saitô .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Goro Hisamitsu .... costumer
Editorial Department
Mitsuzô Wada .... color consultant
Music Department
Keiko Nakanoshima .... koto music
Akikuni Yasuda .... biwa
Other crew
Miyoko Akiyama .... archivist
Kenji Hisamatsu .... stage manager
Goro Hisamitsu .... background design
Narumoto Honma .... measurements
Hiroshi Imai .... measurements
Michio Midorikawa .... technical advisor
Seichirô Ogura .... background design
Kaoru Uno .... movement director

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jigokumon" - Japan (original title)
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86 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

Visa de contrôle cinématographique France : #15760(subtitled version) or #15760/D (dubbed version).See more »
Moritoo Endô:Today is the first day of a life of sacrifice.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV)See more »


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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Nice colors, slow story, great climax, 15 August 2002
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

A samurai falls in love with a woman whose life he saves. He is offered a reward for his bravery, and he asks if he can be married to that woman. Unfortunately, she is already married and the samurai's request cannot be fulfilled. He is steadfast in his desire, and tries forcibly to take her from her husband. The elements of many cheap thrillers exist in that scenario. Gate of Hell doesn't do too much to distinguish itself, although it's certainly not a thriller. Basically, the whole film is an excuse for its admittedly great climactic sequence, where the samurai invades the home of the woman and her husband at night. I really like how this sequence ends, but there are some questions left unanswered - annoyingly so. The husband even asks them aloud, and there really isn't a satisfactory explanation. Other than that sequence, most of the rest of the film is kind of tedious. Fortunately, the absolutely beautiful cinematography - was this Japan's first film in color? - always manages to be impressive. The costume design actually won an Academy Award, a much deserved one, if I may say so myself. It also won an honorary Oscar for Best Foreign Film, the year before that category was made official. Furthermore, it was the first Japanese film to win the Palme D'Or at Cannes. 7/10.

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