Gate of Hell

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Gate of Hell
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 29 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1953
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: An essay by film historian Stephen Prince
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
  • Audio:
    • Japanese
    • Subtitles - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Directed by
Composition by
Produced by

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1954 - Best Costume Design (Color)
Academy Awards 1954 - Best Foreign Language Film
Cannes 1954 - Palme d'Or

Entertainment Reviews:

Sight and Sound - 01/01/2013
"GATE OF HELL does have numerous historical virtues, starting with the visual treatment....It was primarily intended to catch the eye."
Total Film - 01/31/2013
4 stars out of 5 -- "Stiffly intimate rather than epic, it feels like the most exotic film noir imaginable."
Entertainment Weekly - 04/12/2013
"The sumptuous, Oscar-winning sets look as vibrant as ever..." -- Grade: B+

Product Description:

A Japanese warrior demands the hand of a married woman as payment for a great service he rendered in time of conflict. The woman, just as strong willed as he, prefers death to dishonor. Academy Awards: Best (Color) Costume Design.

Plot Synopsis:

An illicit love affair begins in feudal 12th century Japan between a Samurai warrior and a noblewoman.

Plot Keywords:

Action | Classic | Period Piece | Recommended | Suspense | Theatrical Release | Thriller

Production Notes:

  • The print used for the Home Vision Cinema VHS version is from the Janus collection.

Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:

Customer Rating: Rating 4.6
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Rating 5.0 Gate of Hell (and back) Movie Lover: from SANTA MARIA, CA US -- December, 1, 2014

This is a great film for anyone (1) interested in Japanese films, (2) interested in foreign cultures generally, and (3) just exploring. One has to be open to cultural bias in understanding the motivations in the original story, and it helps to have some understanding of the historical incident that frames the story. But the quality of the the direction by Teinosuke Kinugasa, a contemporary of Akira Kurosawa, makes it a classic that anyone could profit from.


Product Info:

  • Sales Rank: 113,842
  • UPC: 715515104517
  • Shipping Weight: 0.21/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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