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Gate of Hell (1953)

Jigokumon (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | 10 December 1954 (USA)
A samurai pursues a married lady-in-waiting.

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Teinosuke Kinugasa
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kazuo Hasegawa ... Moritoo Endô
Machiko Kyô ... Kesa
Isao Yamagata Isao Yamagata ... Wataru Watanabe
Yatarô Kurokawa Yatarô Kurokawa ... Shigemori
Kôtarô Bandô Kôtarô Bandô ... Rokurô
Jun Tazaki Jun Tazaki ... Kogenta
Koreya Senda Koreya Senda ... Gen Kiyomori
Masao Shimizu Masao Shimizu ... Nobuyori
Tatsuya Ishiguro ... Yachûta
Kenjirô Uemura Kenjirô Uemura ... Masanaka
Gen Shimizu Gen Shimizu ... Saburôsuke
Michiko Araki Michiko Araki ... Mano
Yoshie Minami Yoshie Minami ... Tone
Kikue Môri Kikue Môri ... Sawa
Ryôsuke Kagawa Ryôsuke Kagawa ... Yasutada
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Storyline

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 December 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gate of Hell See more »

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Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Visa de contrôle cinématographique France : #15760(subtitled version) or #15760/D (dubbed version). See more »

Quotes

Moritoo Endô: Today is the first day of a life of sacrifice.
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Making a fool of yourself over a woman!
17 January 2009 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Supposedly the first Japanese film shown in the US after the war, this film was highly regarded by many critics and won a well-deserved Oscar for costume design.

It starts out as a war movie, but that is only a backdrop to what is really going to happen. In an uprising, Lady Kesa (Machiko Kyô) pretends to be royalty to fake out the rebels and allow the real queen to escape. She ends up in the home of Sir Moritoh (Kazuo Hasegawa) and is there until the rebellion is crushed.

Sir Moritoh asks for her hand as a reward for his service, but finds out she is married to Wataru (Isao Yamagata), the head of the palace guards.

This is the real story: a fool in love with another man's wife who will not give up his pursuit. I imagine that a lot of us can see ourselves in Moritoh. Cue Elvis, the King, singing "Fools Fall in Love." Lady Kesa is forced in the end to don disguise once again to save her love in this tragic tale.

Not only were the costumes beautiful, but the cinematography was outstanding also.


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