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Gate of Hell (1953)

Jigokumon (original title)
A samurai pursues a married lady-in-waiting.

Director:

Teinosuke Kinugasa
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Cast

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Moritoo Endô: [to Kesa's aunt] If you take a step outside tonight, I'll lop off your head!
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Crazy Credits

Janus Films' re-subtitled version, prepared for video releases, translates Kazuo Hasegawa's name as "Cazuo Hasegawa." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Operation Teahouse (1956) See more »

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Utterly magnificent
20 February 1999 | by Enid-3See all my reviews

It has been over 40 years (!) since I first saw this film, and I still see it, whenever I can. In my opinion, not only is it a masterpiece, but its use of colour may well be the the best of any film ever made.


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