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The Devil's Island (1977)

Gokumon-to (original title)
A scruffy detective investigates the murders of three sisters on a small Japanese island in 1946.


Kon Ichikawa


Kon Ichikawa (screenplay) (as Kurishitei), Seishi Yokomizo (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôji Ishizaka Kôji Ishizaka ... Kôsuke Kindaichi
Yôko Tsukasa ... Katsuno - Kaemon's Concubine
Reiko Ôhara Reiko Ôhara ... Sanae - Chimata's Cousin
Mitsukô Kusabue Mitsukô Kusabue ... Osayo - Yosamatsu's Concubine (as Mitsuko Kusabue)
Kiwako Taichi ... Tomoe Kitô - Gihei's Wife
Ryôko Sakaguchi Ryôko Sakaguchi ... Barber Oshichi
Yûko Asano Yûko Asano ... Tsukiyo Kitô - Osayo's First Daughter
Takeshi Katô Takeshi Katô ... Inspector Todoroki
Hideji Ôtaki Hideji Ôtaki ... Gihei Kitô - Tomoe's Husband
Tatsuo Matsumura ... Doctor Kôan Murase
Tsunehiko Kamijô Tsunehiko Kamijô ... Police Officer Shimizu
Pîtâ ... Shôzô Ukai - Sponger
Taketoshi Naitô Taketoshi Naitô ... Yosamatsu Kitô - Sanae's Uncle
Yoshio Inaba Yoshio Inaba ... Village Mayor Makihei Araki
Noboru Mitani Noboru Mitani ... Disabled Soldier


A scruffy detective investigates the murders of three sisters on a small Japanese island in 1946.

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Release Date:

27 January 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Island of Hell See more »

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Toho Company See more »
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1.37 : 1
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A version of the English title for this movie is Hell's Gate Island. See more »


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A maverick detective investigates 3 murders in 1946 Japan.
11 July 2015 | by frankielaffertySee all my reviews

This is an interesting film. It is about a private eye trying to solve the murders of three sisters on an island near Hiroshima. The directing is superb, the acting is good, and there are a range of interesting characters (sensible straight guys, clownish cops, servants and so on). The music is typical 1970's Japanese movie music: lots of guitars along with strings and traditional Japanese instruments. The director filmed some lovely natural scenes with cliffs, rice fields as well as scenes with long steps and temples. The plot is somewhat complicated, it is hard to understand the relationships of the characters with each other. The director uses splices edited scenes to inform the viewer of things that happened, these scenes are nearly subliminal, they are very short and are inserted when two characters are having a serious chat. There is a fairly gross scene when the corpse of one of the sisters loses her head. A bit of a long movie but enjoyable.

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