Gate of Hell | 地獄門 J-Film


Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and the Japan Commerce Association of Washington DC

One of the most beautiful films ever made, Gate of Hell is a despairing post-war masterpiece ripe for rediscovery.

Slant Magazine

It is hard to convey in simple language the moving qualities of this lovely film.

New York Times

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.

Winner of the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film at 1954 Cannes Film Festival, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Costume Design (Color) at 1955 Academy Awards.

Starring Machiko Kyo, Kazuo Hasegawa, Isao Yamagata

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