Gate of Hell (Jigokumon)
Gate of Hell (Jigokumon) (1954)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 10, 1954
DVD Release Date: April 8, 2013
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

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.

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Emanuel Levy

This visually striking and dramatically compelling Japanese feature won two Oscars: Best Foreign Lnguage Film and Best Costume Design.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

It's 1160 and a good man is hard to find.

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TV Guide

It's a visually rich movie, but in retrospect rather slight in the canon of Japanese filmmaking.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
In "Gate of Hell," a rebellion has broken out in Japan. As all hell breaks loose, a desperate plan is hatched to save the royalty by distracting them… More
Byron Brubaker
This movie has a little sword play, but is primarily a drama. A group of rebels try to take over the government. A loyal samurai saves a woman who was sent… More
Panta Oz
This is a real art work, directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa. It tells the story of a samurai (Kazuo Hasegawa) who tries to marry a woman (Machiko Kyō) he… More