Gate of Hell

Gate of Hell

Machiko Kyo
Director: Teinosuke Kinugasa Cast: Machiko Kyo
Machiko Kyo
, Kazuo Hasegawa
Kazuo Hasegawa
, Isao Yamagata
Isao Yamagata
Teinosuke Kinugasa

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/09/2013
UPC: 0715515104517
Original Release: 1953
Source: Criterion Collection
Presentation: [Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:29:00
Sales rank: 42,017

Special Features

An essay by film historian Stephen Prince

Cast & Crew

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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