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Jigokuhen (1969)

A rebellious Korean artist tests the limits of his sadistic patron, an omnipotent feudal Japanese lord. Yoshihide demands a commission to paint screens of the Hell which he sees the ... See full summary »

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Shirô Toyoda
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hideyo Amamoto
Yôko Naitô Yôko Naitô ... Yoshika
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Yoshihide
Kinnosuke Nakamura Kinnosuke Nakamura ... Lord Hosokawa
Shun Ôide Shun Ôide
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A rebellious Korean artist tests the limits of his sadistic patron, an omnipotent feudal Japanese lord. Yoshihide demands a commission to paint screens of the Hell which he sees the egotistical lord's peasants suffer. Such a public display will challenge the uncaring upper class' obsession with their own personal beauty. With Chinese and Buddhist influences at a peak in 11th century Japan, the daimyo Horikawa wanted a mural of Buddhist paradise. As Yoshihide's ghastly artworks appear to come to life, the painter and his patron's mutual racism also take their toll. Written by David Stevens

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

18 November 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Portrait of Hell See more »

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Toho Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film references another short story by the author Ryunosuke Akutagawa (who wrote Jigokuhen). The scene where a man hits a women to steal the clothes she has taken from corpses is a reference to Rashomon. See more »

Alternate Versions

For the UK release 16 seconds of cockfighting were cut under the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act of 1937. See more »

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Perhaps more suited for the stage
5 July 2012 | by ronchowSee all my reviews

I stumbled upon this film in my search for more films in the Kwaidan genre. The DVD quality was OK but after viewing the film, I kind of understand why it was not more popular as a film, although it also came from the same time period when ghost stories - Kwaidan, Strange Tales from the Four Valleys - basically introduced me to the joy of Japanese cinema in my younger years.

It is nutshell, it was a slow and tedious film without a character that you would care about. Well, perhaps except the daughter of the protagonist, played by Tatsuya Nakadai. He was one of my favourite Japanese actor from the past and his acting here was fairly solid. Still, it did not compensate enough for the pace and dullness of the story line.

Perhaps this story is more suited for a stage play. For cinema, much is lacking to make the film engaging to its audience.


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