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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.

Director:

Teinosuke Kinugasa
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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 ... 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 »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,375
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Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #653. See more »

Quotes

Moritoo Endô: [to Kesa's aunt] If you take a step outside tonight, I'll lop off your head!
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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 »

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First Japanese Film in US
23 April 2006 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

During WW II there were no Japanese films ever shown in the United States and this

was the first film presented to the American Public in 1954. It is outstanding in its color presentation of the country of Japan and the photography and character studies received great awards and acknowledgment The story involves a married woman, Machiko Kyo, (Lady Kesa), who is a very beautiful lady who is desired and lusted after by another man. This man does not care about her being married and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. However, there is more to the story, and it depicts conditions in Japanese households and their way of living and thinking. Machiko Kyo appeared in "The Teahouse of the August Moon",'56 and starred with Marlon Brando. This is a worthwhile film to watch and enjoy. A truly great Classic Film.


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