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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.

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Nobuo Nakagawa
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

30 July 1960 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The first movie which used elements of 'gore' as FX to a significant degree. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Tamura: So you want to turn me in for manslaughter?
Shiro Shimizu: We're the ones who killed him. We caused it. Let's go together. Please.
Tamura: That might ease your conscience, but I'm not interested. It'd be stupid. He was drunk. He ran into the road. It was basically suicide. Besides, he was just some yakuza scum. He's not worth the best years of our lives.
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Comin' through the Rye
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Music: traditional
Japanese lyrics: unknown
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Groundbreaking in its day, but now seemingly little seen meditation on life and after
17 July 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

I had read about and seen stills from this movie for years. I had heard how freaky and bloody and scary this movie's vision of hell was, but I never got a chance to actually see it. Finally I was able to secure a copy and I sat down to watch the horror.

For the first hour of this film we watch as our hero lives a life that is more or less a living hell. More horrible, terrible things befall him and those around him than anyone outside of a soap opera has a right to expect. Very act is bound to damn someone to hell and it isn't long before our guilt ridden hero crosses over and experiences what true torment is. Its enough to make you want to laugh were it not played so painfully straight.

What we see once we get to Hell itself looks great. Even some 40 years after it first marched across theater some of the shots of flayed flesh and disemboweled intestines are still shocking. The cramped and dark vistas are something out of a nightmare. Many tormented images you'd almost be proud to have on your walls.

Is it scary a bit but its not the be all and end all that some had made it out to be. Then again the films images have been raided by others so it less shocking. I also find that some of the pacing is off and what may have once worked now borders on tedious.

The film seems to be saying that all life, here or in the next world is miserable hellish and that no matter what we do we're doomed simply to suffer. A happy little film if there ever was one.

I like the film but far from love it. The first part is very soapy and over blown, while the second is almost a catalog of horrors. I give it points for trying but I don't think it completely works.

Should you see it?

A coin toss. It really depends on what you're looking for. If you're looking, for gore and guts, its here but not enough to make you walk away happy. Are you looking for a meditation on sin, guilt and existence, you may like it, especially if you can get past the soap. If you want to see a technically well made film that doesn't quite work but influenced later films and which will provide some discussion over dinner, then try it.

I give it 7 out of 10 for the parts more than the whole.


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