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The Sinners of Hell (1960)

Jigoku (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | 30 July 1960 (Japan)
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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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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hell | revenge | adultery | painter | guilt | See All (28) »

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Drama | Horror

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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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Connections

Remade as Jigoku (1999) See more »

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Comin' through the Rye
(uncredited)
Music: traditional
Japanese lyrics: unknown
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If good movie is sin Jigoku will surely take you to hell
17 July 2004 | by (Turku, Finland) – See all my reviews

I usually find it positive if I can't categorize a movie and Jigoku surely gets the point from that. It's somewhat bizarre combination of drama, horror, film noir and art house where happy moments are more rare than good movies in Hollywood.

While the hell sequences of Jigoku seem to gather most of the attention I think that the story as a whole is what makes this movie good. It proceeds fluently from disaster to another and while some events lead to unexpected results the script never leaves a viewer with a feeling that the twist was added just for the twist's sake (as is the case with many new movies).

Technically the movie is awesome; good acting, great score (especially the haunting vocals) and beautiful cinematography. From modern perspective some of the hell sequences are way outdated (mainly the demons) while some look brilliant even today (settings like the river bank and some of the gore effects like the guy who gets flayed).

I doubt that Jigoku pleases everyone but if you're into bleak and uncompromising movies this is almost a must see. 8/10


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