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The Sinners of Hell (1960)
"Jigoku" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Horror  |  30 July 1960 (Japan)
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A group of sinners involved in interconnected tales of murder, revenge, deceit and adultery all meet at the Gates of Hell.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shigeru Amachi ...
Shirô Shimizu
Utako Mitsuya ...
Yukiko / Sachiko
Yôichi Numata ...
Tamura
Hiroshi Hayashi ...
Gôzô Shimizu
Jun Ôtomo ...
Ensai Taniguchi
Akiko Yamashita ...
Kinuko
Kiyoko Tsuji ...
Kyôichi's Mother
Fumiko Miyata ...
Mrs. Yajima
Akira Nakamura ...
Professor Yajima (as Torahiko Nakamura)
Kimie Tokudaiji ...
Ito Shimizu
Akiko Ono ...
Yoko
Tomohiko Ôtani ...
Dr. Kusama
Kôichi Miya ...
Journalist Akagawa
Sakutarô Yamakawa ...
Fisherman
Rei Ishikawa ...
Old Man with Tatoo
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Storyline

A graduate-school student has a friend who is pure evil. His friend and he are out driving one night when they hit a drunkard and the friend leaves the accident victim to die. The student's life then goes downhill from there. Written by Horror-Fan

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Drama | Horror

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30 July 1960 (Japan)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The first movie which used elements of 'gore' as FX to a significant degree. See more »

Goofs

While Shiro is on the rope bridge, we see him at various times hanging on to the side handrails. Between shots, without him having changed position, these handrails quite noticeably change in diameter from thin cables to a much thicker cable, indicating that some shots were filmed on a real bridge, others were filmed on a studio mock-up. See more »

Quotes

Tamura: So you want to turn me in for manslaughter?
Shiro Shimizu: We're the ones who killed him. We caused it. Let's go together. Please.
Tamura: That might ease your conscience, but I'm not interested. It'd be stupid. He was drunk. He ran into the road. It was basically suicide. Besides, he was just some yakuza scum. He's not worth the best years of our lives.
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Soundtracks

Comin' through the Rye
(uncredited)
Music: traditional
Japanese lyrics: unknown
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LOUD and CLEAR
10 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I read about this movie when I was a kid. Never thought that much about it since I would probably never see it. Recently rented it off Netflix and WOW! Nakagawa's message comes through loud and clear across 46 years and the even wider cultural gap between US and Japan. Unusual stylization (truly hope to see this on a theater screen someday) is incredibly effective as a purely aesthetic experience (meaning you could turn off the subtitles and still be enthralled by the visuals and the music) AND as an elegy for the Japanese traditions of beauty and honor. You can read the various summaries in other posts. Suffice it to say this movie qualifies as a masterpiece if you don't go into it with "horror movie" expectations. See it!


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