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Gate of Hell (Jigokumon) Reviews

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May 20, 2010
a small scale shakespearean drama set against an epic backdrop. ultimately this is the story of how the completely irrational love and jealousy of a third party tears apart a peaceful and happy marriage. the color photography is saturated and exquisite, and the performances are highly stylized and mannered, yet highly effective. a must see for students of acting styles, photography, and fans of the samurai-romance genre.
October 23, 2009
An honorable yet stubborn samurai lusts after a married woman, drawing all around him into a vortex of Noh melodrama. Color photography is gorgeous, music is epically dread-inducing, Machiko Kyo is her usual enigmatic yet exquisite self as the woman. Too bad the only way to see this masterwork is via a VHS with a muddy transfer and terrible subtitles that bleed into anything white.
July 3, 2009
One of the most rewarding films I've ever seen.
Super Reviewer
February 7, 2009
note 2 self: remember
December 2, 2008
A classic, not out on Netflix yet. DARN!
October 28, 2008
Excellent Japanese Oscar foreign film winner about a samurai who falls in love with a married woman and will do anything to make her his. Amazing sets and beautiful costumes, and the score is great as well. The racing scene is very cool and the final scene is great as well. A very good movie.
Super Reviewer
September 23, 2008
This movie has a little sword play, but is primarily a drama. A group of rebels try to take over the government. A loyal samurai saves a woman who was sent out as a decoy disguised as the princess. He is awed by her beauty, and when they see each other later after the rebels' attempt was stopped, she thanks him for his valiant efforts. To our eyes, it doesn't look like she was too forward, but just by speaking to this man she does not know she may have said too much. It turns out she is married to a city official. The samurai falls in love and becomes obsessed. Not aware that she is taken he asks for her hand as his reward for fighting loyally. He becomes embarrassed and further obsessed when he finds out she is not available. The samurai pleads with the woman to leave her husband, but when she insists on remaining faithful, he decides he must remove the husband from the picture. This does not work out as planned though when the woman takes responsibility for having started the trouble. Though the culture is of a different place and time, there is nothing particularly foreign about the themes, relationships, or emotions portrayed here.
½ April 22, 2008
Juoni oli loistava ja elokuvaa vois kuvata ehk√?¬§ parhaiten sanalla kaunis. Mustavalko-elokuvaa vuodelta 1953 on kyll√§ aika vaikea seurata kun on tottunut nopeean toimintaan ja hulluihin erikoistehosteisiin, mutta vaikka ne huusikin poissaoloaan niin juoni pelasti kaiken.
½ March 31, 2008
This is an exceedingly beautiful and nicely paced drama about a Samurai's ill thought love towards a taken court woman. The acting is a bit too over the top for me and there's some problems with the portrayal of the whole affair. Still, it tells a lot of the era and Japanese mindset. Extra props also for the Taira-clan playing a part in this. And the colors are beautiful.
½ March 22, 2008
Atmospheric triangle drama with samurai setting. Emphasis here is more on melodrama than on basic samurai stuff such as sword fighting and stuff. So don't expect this to be an action flick, since it is not.

Unfortunately the print that I saw was not of best quality. Lots of snap, crackle and pop.
February 7, 2008
cool color-coded samurai flick
½ January 26, 2008
by no means awful, but dull. this lacks the masters touch of mizoguchi or kurosawa...or even inagaki! i suppose this could be recommended for japanese film completists
January 25, 2008
a beautiful film that i'm sure was really great for the time, but became quite predictable.
½ December 7, 2007
What would you do for the one that you love? How about tell them you love them.

This is a (Academy Award Winning) simple tale of treachery, love, sacrifice, and devotion. Beautifully filmed and an excellent score (if you like Japanese music).

This is a subtitled film, but there is not a great deal of dialog in it, so don't worry about reading a movie -- and the letters are LARGE.

I recommend it if you get a chance to see it.
October 23, 2007
Beautifully shot, but the story lacks what Kurosawa and Mizoguchi films provided.
May 20, 2007
The colours are delicate, fleeting, ehtereal, evocative of another world.
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