Jigokumon (Gate of Hell)
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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… More

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"It is hard to convey in simple language the moving qualities of this lovely film, which, among other things, was the winner of the grand prize at the Cannes film festival last spring."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"a powerful drama that has rightfully taken its place once again among the films that opened Western audiences' eyes to the wonders of Japanese cinema"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"The film's delicately choreographed battles, its use of texture and color, and its grace of movement and composition mark it as one of those rare Japanese films that survive despite overinterpretation."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"This visually striking and dramatically compelling Japanese feature won two Oscars: Best Foreign Lnguage Film and Best Costume Design."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's 1160 and a good man is hard to find."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"It's a visually rich movie, but in retrospect rather slight in the canon of Japanese filmmaking."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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