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Jigoku (1960)

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.


Nobuo Nakagawa




Cast overview, first billed only:
Shigeru Amachi ... Shirô Shimizu
Utako Mitsuya Utako Mitsuya ... Yukiko / Sachiko
Yôichi Numata Yôichi Numata ... Tamura
Hiroshi Hayashi Hiroshi Hayashi ... Gôzô Shimizu
Jun Ôtomo Jun Ôtomo ... Ensai Taniguchi
Akiko Yamashita Akiko Yamashita ... Kinuko
Kiyoko Tsuji Kiyoko Tsuji ... Kyôichi's Mother
Fumiko Miyata Fumiko Miyata ... Mrs. Yajima
Akira Nakamura Akira Nakamura ... Professor Yajima (as Torahiko Nakamura)
Kimie Tokudaiji Kimie Tokudaiji ... Ito Shimizu
Akiko Ono Akiko Ono ... Yoko
Tomohiko Ôtani Tomohiko Ôtani ... Dr. Kusama
Kôichi Miya Kôichi Miya ... Journalist Akagawa
Sakutarô Yamakawa Sakutarô Yamakawa ... Fisherman
Rei Ishikawa Rei Ishikawa ... Old Man with Tatoo


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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Title translation: "Hell". See more »


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 »


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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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Depictions of Hell (2017) See more »


Comin' through the Rye
Music: traditional
Japanese lyrics: unknown
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Interesting, but I wish it were better
30 October 2006 | by zetesSee all my reviews

The kind of film that sounds really exciting, and is interesting, but you wish it were a bit better than it is. Its reputation is based mostly on the final 40 minutes, where all the characters take a vacation to the bowels of Buddhist Hell (pretty much like Christian Hell, but with more lotus flowers). The first hour or so isn't much less hellish. A college student and his wicked friend mow down a drunk gangster in their car. The student, burdened with guilt (somewhat nonsensical guilt seeing as it wasn't his fault), starts seeing tragedy occur all around him. In just the next several days, all kinds of people with whom he associates die. It's never his fault, per se, but for some reason he always blames himself. That first hour is a little boring and a little confusing – I was wondering if the guy was supposed to already be in hell. The hell part is pretty cool, but also fairly silly. What always works in Jigoku is the cinematography and art direction. This is a damn cool looking movie. I wouldn't particularly recommend it, but it's worth seeing just for the cool parts.

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Release Date:

30 July 1960 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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