Jigoku

Shocking, outrageous, and poetic, Jigoku (Hell, a.k.a. The Sinners of Hell) is the most innovative creation from Nobuo Nakagawa, the father of the Japanese horror film. After a young theology student flees a hit-and-run accident, he is plagued by both his own guilt-ridden conscience and a mysterious, diabolical doppelgänger. But all possible escape routes lead straight to hell—literally. In the gloriously gory final third of the film, Nakagawa offers up his vision of the underworld in a tour de force of torture and degradation. A striking departure from traditional Japanese ghost stories, Jigoku, with its truly eye-popping (and -gouging) imagery, created aftershocks that are still reverberating in contemporary world horror cinema.

Film Info

  • Nobuo Nakagawa
  • Japan
  • 1960
  • 101 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
  • Spine #352

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Building the Inferno, a new documentary on director Nobuo Nakagawa and the making of the film, featuring exclusive interviews with actor Yoichi Numata, screenwriter Ichiro Miyagawa, Nakagawa collaborators Chiho Katsura and Kensuke Suzuki, and Cure and Doppelganger director Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Galleries of posters from selected Nakagawa and Shintoho Studios films
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Plus: A new essay by noted Asian-cinema critic Chuck Stephens

New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Building the Inferno, a new documentary on director Nobuo Nakagawa and the making of the film, featuring exclusive interviews with actor Yoichi Numata, screenwriter Ichiro Miyagawa, Nakagawa collaborators Chiho Katsura and Kensuke Suzuki, and Cure and Doppelganger director Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Galleries of posters from selected Nakagawa and Shintoho Studios films
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Plus: A new essay by noted Asian-cinema critic Chuck Stephens

New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Jigoku
Cast
Shigeru Amachi
Shiro Shimizu
Utako Mitsuya
Yukiko/Sachiko
Yoichi Numata
Tamura
Torahiko Nakamura
Professor Yajima
Fumiko Miyata
Mrs. Yajima
Hiroshi Hayashi
Gozo Shimizu
Kimie Tokudaiji
Ito Shimizu
Akiko Yamashita
Kinuko
Jun Otomo
Ensai Taniguchi
Tomohiko Otani
Dr. Kusama
Koichi Miya
Journalist Akagawa
Credits
Director
Nobuo Nakagawa
Screenplay
Ichiro Miyagawa
Screenplay
Nobuo Nakagawa
Producer
Mitsugu Okura
Cinematography
Mamoru Morita
Production design
Haruyasu Kurosawa
Editing
Toshio Goto
Music
Chumei Watanabe
Lighting
Hiroshi Ishimori
Sound
Kihachiro Nakai
Assistant director
Keinosuke Tsuchiya

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