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

 -  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 of 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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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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(Westrex Recording System)

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The film's production company was going out of business while the film was being completed, leading to budget-saving tactics such as the actors helping dig their own holes in the movie's set for Hell. Critics kidded that this film killed the Shintoho Studio. 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

Enma, King of Hell: Hear me! You who in life piled up sin upon sin will be trapped in Hell forever. Suffer! Suffer! This vortex of torment will whirl for all eternity.
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Remade as Hell (2005) See more »

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Comin' through the Rye
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Music: traditional
Japanese lyrics: unknown
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Groundbreaking in its day, but now seemingly little seen meditation on life and after
17 July 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

I had read about and seen stills from this movie for years. I had heard how freaky and bloody and scary this movie's vision of hell was, but I never got a chance to actually see it. Finally I was able to secure a copy and I sat down to watch the horror.

For the first hour of this film we watch as our hero lives a life that is more or less a living hell. More horrible, terrible things befall him and those around him than anyone outside of a soap opera has a right to expect. Very act is bound to damn someone to hell and it isn't long before our guilt ridden hero crosses over and experiences what true torment is. Its enough to make you want to laugh were it not played so painfully straight.

What we see once we get to Hell itself looks great. Even some 40 years after it first marched across theater some of the shots of flayed flesh and disemboweled intestines are still shocking. The cramped and dark vistas are something out of a nightmare. Many tormented images you'd almost be proud to have on your walls.

Is it scary a bit but its not the be all and end all that some had made it out to be. Then again the films images have been raided by others so it less shocking. I also find that some of the pacing is off and what may have once worked now borders on tedious.

The film seems to be saying that all life, here or in the next world is miserable hellish and that no matter what we do we're doomed simply to suffer. A happy little film if there ever was one.

I like the film but far from love it. The first part is very soapy and over blown, while the second is almost a catalog of horrors. I give it points for trying but I don't think it completely works.

Should you see it?

A coin toss. It really depends on what you're looking for. If you're looking, for gore and guts, its here but not enough to make you walk away happy. Are you looking for a meditation on sin, guilt and existence, you may like it, especially if you can get past the soap. If you want to see a technically well made film that doesn't quite work but influenced later films and which will provide some discussion over dinner, then try it.

I give it 7 out of 10 for the parts more than the whole.


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