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Gate of Hell (1953)

Jigokumon (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | 10 December 1954 (USA)
A samurai pursues a married lady-in-waiting.

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Teinosuke Kinugasa
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kazuo Hasegawa ... Moritoo Endô
Machiko Kyô ... Kesa
Isao Yamagata ... Wataru Watanabe
Yatarô Kurokawa Yatarô Kurokawa ... Shigemori
Kôtarô Bandô Kôtarô Bandô ... Rokurô
Jun Tazaki Jun Tazaki ... Kogenta
Koreya Senda ... Gen Kiyomori
Masao Shimizu Masao Shimizu ... Nobuyori
Tatsuya Ishiguro ... Yachûta
Kenjirô Uemura ... Masanaka
Gen Shimizu Gen Shimizu ... Saburôsuke
Michiko Araki ... Mano
Yoshie Minami ... Tone
Kikue Môri ... Sawa
Ryôsuke Kagawa Ryôsuke Kagawa ... Yasutada
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 December 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gate of Hell See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Visa de contrôle cinématographique France : #15760(subtitled version) or #15760/D (dubbed version). See more »

Quotes

Kesa: [after Moritoo grabs her in a strong embrace] What are you doing?
Moritoo Endô: You refuse no matter what?
Kesa: Yes.
Moritoo Endô: Then I'm ready. You're mine now!
Kesa: No matter what you say, female virtue won't allow it.
Moritoo Endô: Drop your husband. Leave Wataru.
Kesa: I can't do that.
Moritoo Endô: Why can't you? I, Moritoo, will slay Wataru. I won't stop with Wataru. If needed, your aunt too. I might have to kill you too!
Kesa: [the camera moves in for an intense close-up of Kesa] Are you ready to do all that? Do you want me that much?
Moritoo Endô: I want you. I can't live ...
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Crazy Credits

Janus Films' re-subtitled version, prepared for video releases, translates Kazuo Hasegawa's name as "Cazuo Hasegawa." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Operation Teahouse (1956) See more »

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One of the best of all time
9 December 2009 | by marymoradSee all my reviews

I saw this film in 1970 or 1971 in New York and have remembered it ever since. We came in late to a double feature and didn't see the title--I have been unsure of it all these years. It features impressive battle scenes, a heart-wrenching love story and beautiful cinematography. It is also the first film I ever saw that depicted medieval Japanese culture in all its glory. The beautifully photographed compound of the shogun is, by itself, worth the price of admission. There are many interior shots, showing beautiful rooms with sliding screens that figure in the plot. Now I would dearly love to see Gate of Hell again, but apparently it is not available on DVD. Criterion, here is a worthy quest for you!!


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