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Gate of Hell ()

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

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Cast

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Moritoo Endô
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Kesa
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Wataru Watanabe
Yatarô Kurokawa ...
Shigemori
Kôtarô Bandô ...
Rokurô
Jun Tazaki ...
Kogenta
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Gen Kiyomori
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Nobuyori
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Yachûta
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Masanaka
Gen Shimizu ...
Saburôsuke
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Mano
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Tone
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Sawa
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Yasutada
Shinobu Araki ...
Iesada
Kunitarô Sawamura ...
Moritada
Kanji Koshiba ...
Munemori
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Kanefusa
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Kakisuke
Hiroshi Mizuno ...
Otoami
Shôzô Nanbu ...
Sadafusa
Shintarô Nanjô ...
Tanenari
Toshiaki Konoe ...
Masazumi
Ryûzaburô Mitsuoka ...
Sadachika
Eigorô Onoe ...
Kunitsune
Kan Ueda ...
Oil salesman
Seishirô Hara ...
Mitsusada
Sumao Ishihara ...
Pot salesman
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Tomoyuki
Omenosuke Ichikawa ...
Priest
Tominosuke Hayama ...
Peddler
Yukio Horikita ...
Heita
Takaji Fukui ...
Naganobu
Fumihiko Yokoyama ...
Giheiji
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Yoshiharu
Tôgo Ônami ...
Tadatsuna
Kazue Tamaki ...
Nariie
Masayoshi Kikuno ...
Yoshitomo
Jun Fujikawa ...
Tsunetsugu
Tadashi Iwata ...
Takahira
Kiyoshi Takikawa ...
Tomomori
Toshio Chiba ...
Michizane
Tokio Oki ...
Tadamitsu
Eiichi Kusumoto ...
Koreaki
Hajime Koshikawa ...
Cowboy
Hachirô Ôkuni ...
Low-rank man

Directed by

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Teinosuke Kinugasa

Written by

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Kan Kikuchi ... (play "Kesa's Husband")
 
Teinosuke Kinugasa ... (writer)
 
Masaichi Nagata ... (writer)

Produced by

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Masaichi Nagata ... producer

Music by

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Yasushi Akutagawa

Cinematography by

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Kôhei Sugiyama

Film Editing by

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Shigeo Nishida

Editorial Department

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Mitsuzô Wada ... color consultant

Production Design by

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Hiroshi Ozawa

Art Direction by

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Kisaku Itô

Set Decoration by

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Kosaburô Nakajima

Costume Design by

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Shima Yoshizane

Makeup Department

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Ritsu Hanai ... hair stylist
Toshikazu Noguchi ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Tomeo Adachi ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Kenji Misumi ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Clément Hurel ... poster artist
Akira Naitô ... assistant art director
Uichirô Yamamoto ... property master

Sound Department

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Yukio Kaihara ... sound
Sakae Nagaoka ... sound recordist

Stunts

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Shôhei Miyauchi ... fight choreographer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Heizô Honda ... assistant camera
Yasuo Iwaki ... lighting technician
Shonojo Kato ... gaffer
Kan'ichi Saitô ... still photographer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Goro Hisamitsu ... costumer

Music Department

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Keiko Nakanoshima ... koto music
Akikuni Yasuda ... biwa

Additional Crew

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Miyoko Akiyama ... archivist
Kenji Hisamatsu ... stage manager
Goro Hisamitsu ... background design
Narumoto Honma ... measurements
Hiroshi Imai ... measurements
Michio Midorikawa ... technical advisor
Seichirô Ogura ... background design
Kaoru Uno ... movement director

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • 地獄門 (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Gate of Hell (World-wide, English title)
  • Gate of Hell (United States)
  • Gate of Hell (United Kingdom)
  • La porte de l'enfer (France)
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  • 89 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #653. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007). See more »
Crazy Credits Janus Films' re-subtitled version, prepared for video releases, translates Kazuo Hasegawa's name as "Cazuo Hasegawa." See more »
Quotes Moritoo Endô: Today is the first day of a life of sacrifice.
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