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Gate of Hell

Teinosuke Kinugasa

 
Gate of Hell (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Japan
  • 1953
  • 89 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.37:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #653

A winner of Academy Awards for best foreign-language film and best costume design, Gate of Hell is a visually sumptuous, psychologically penetrating work from Teinosuke Kinugasa. In the midst of epic, violent intrigue in twelfth-century Japan, an imperial warrior falls for a lady-in-waiting; after he discovers she is married, he becomes frenzied in his attempts to win her love. Kinugasa’s film, an early triumph of color cinematography in Japan, is an unforgettable, tragic story of obsession and unrequited passion.

Cast

Morito EndaKazuo Hasegawa
Lady KesaMachiko Kyo
Wataru WatanabeIsao Yamagata
ShigemoriYataro Kurokawa
RokuroKotaro Bando
General KiyomoriKoreya Senda
YachutaTatsuya Ishiguro
MasanakaKenjiro Uemura
SaburosukeGen Shimizu
SawaKikue Mori
NobuyoriMasao Shimizu

Credits

DirectorTeinosuke Kinugasa
Produced byMasaichi Nagata
StoryKan Kikuchi
ScreenplayTeinosuke Kinugasa
Director of photographyKohei Sugiyama
Art directorKisaku Itoh
Costume designer and color consultantSanzo Wada
Musical directorYasushi Akutagawa

Disc Features

  • New digital master of the 2011 2K restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by film historian Stephen Prince

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

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Gate of Hell: A Colorful History

By Stephen PrinceApril 10, 2013

Teinosuke Kinugasa’s landmark color film is a visual feast that has finally been vibrantly . . . Read more »

Film Essays

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Gate of Hell: A Colorful History

By Stephen PrinceApril 10, 2013

Teinosuke Kinugasa’s landmark color film is a visual feast that has finally been vibrantly . . . Read more »


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