Teinosuke Kinugasa

Gate of Hell

Gate of Hell

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.

Film Info

Special 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

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Special 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

Gate of Hell
Cast
Kazuo Hasegawa
Morito Enda
Machiko Kyo
Lady Kesa
Isao Yamagata
Wataru Watanabe
Yataro Kurokawa
Shigemori
Kotaro Bando
Rokuro
Koreya Senda
General Kiyomori
Tatsuya Ishiguro
Yachuta
Kenjiro Uemura
Masanaka
Gen Shimizu
Saburosuke
Kikue Mori
Sawa
Masao Shimizu
Nobuyori
Credits
Director
Teinosuke Kinugasa
Produced by
Masaichi Nagata
Story
Kan Kikuchi
Screenplay
Teinosuke Kinugasa
Director of photography
Kohei Sugiyama
Art director
Kisaku Itoh
Costume designer and color consultant
Sanzo Wada
Musical director
Yasushi Akutagawa

From The Current

Gate of Hell: A Colorful History
Gate of Hell: A Colorful History

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

By Stephen Prince

On Film / Essays — Apr 10, 2013