Gate of Hell (Jigokumon) Reviews

November 16, 2020
Teinosuke Kinugasa's glorious and vibrant masterpiece.
September 30, 2020
... despite not crammed with sword battles, possesses a continuous, intense dramatic flair.
September 8, 2020
Named by Martin Scorsese as one of the ten greatest color achievements in world cinema.
November 22, 2019
More than anything else, it is the color and photography which makes this production that of a superlative quality. Each scene is a priceless picture in itself, and the whole thing is a rare pictorial poem.
May 22, 2013
It's 1160 and a good man is hard to find.
May 13, 2013
a powerful drama that has rightfully taken its place once again among the films that opened Western audiences' eyes to the wonders of Japanese cinema
April 18, 2012
This visually striking and dramatically compelling Japanese feature won two Oscars: Best Foreign Lnguage Film and Best Costume Design.
August 31, 2006
It's a visually rich movie, but in retrospect rather slight in the canon of Japanese filmmaking.
May 20, 2003
It is hard to convey in simple language the moving qualities of this lovely film, which, among other things, was the winner of the grand prize at the Cannes film festival last spring.
January 1, 2000
The film's delicately choreographed battles, its use of texture and color, and its grace of movement and composition mark it as one of those rare Japanese films that survive despite overinterpretation.