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Gate of Hell

Overview

Originally released as Jigokumen, Gate of Hell was one of the most popular Japanese imports of the 1954-55 American film season. Set in 12th-century feudal Japan, the film stars Kazuo Hasegawa as Moritoh, a samurai whose courage in defending his ruler is to be rewarded with anything he desires. He desires the beautiful, aristocratic Lady Kesa Machiko Kyo who happens to be already married to another samurai, Wataru Isao Yamagata. Moritoh attempts to persuade Kesa to leave her husband but her devotion is ...
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Overview

Originally released as Jigokumen, Gate of Hell was one of the most popular Japanese imports of the 1954-55 American film season. Set in 12th-century feudal Japan, the film stars Kazuo Hasegawa as Moritoh, a samurai whose courage in defending his ruler is to be rewarded with anything he desires. He desires the beautiful, aristocratic Lady Kesa Machiko Kyo who happens to be already married to another samurai, Wataru Isao Yamagata. Moritoh attempts to persuade Kesa to leave her husband but her devotion is unshakeable. The winner of two Academy Awards and a Cannes grand prize, Gate of Hell is perhaps the most dazzling example of Japanese color photography of the 1950s. The film was based on a well-known play by Kan Kikuchi.
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Special Features

An essay by film historian Stephen Prince
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/9/2013
  • UPC: 715515104517
  • Original Release: 1953
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Presentation: Includes book / Pan & Scan
  • Language: Japanese
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,680

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Machiko Kyo Lady Kesa
Kazuo Hasegawa Moritoh
Isao Yamagata Wataru
Koreya Senda Kiyomori
Yataro Kurokawa Shigemori
Kikue Mohri Sawa
Gen Shimizu Saburosuke
Kotaro Bando Rokuroh
Tatsuya Ishiguro Yachuta
Jun Tazaki Kogenta
Kenjiro Uemura Masanaka
Technical Credits
Teinosuke Kinugasa Director, Screenwriter
Yasushi Akutagawa Score Composer
Masaichi Nagata Producer, Screenwriter
Kohei Sugiyama Cinematographer
Sanzo Wada Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Gate of Hell
1. Opening Credits [2:25]
2. Decoy Through The Southeast Gate [5:15]
3. "You're Not With Us?" [5:28]
4. A Courier To Lord Kiyomori [7:50]
5. Return To Kyoto [2:27]
6. Kesa [3:00]
7. The Conferring Of Rewards [3:42]
8. Kesa And Wataru [5:01]
9. Morito's Opportunity [4:55]
10. The Night Before The Race [5:10]
11. The Race [4:51]
12. Celebrations Disrupted [5:11]
13. At The Home Of Kesa's Aunt [8:34]
14. "What Is It, Kesa?" [9:24]
15. Midnight Arrives [8:18]
16. Wataru Wakes Up [7:40]
17. Color Bars [:20]
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Disc #1 -- Gate of Hell
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