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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 (A Page of Madness). In the midst of epic, violent intrigue in twelfth-century Japan, an imperial warrior falls for a lady-in-waiting; even after he discovers she is married, he goes to extreme lengths to win her love. Kinugasa's film is an unforgettable, tragic story of obsession and unrequited passion that was an early triumph of color cinematography in Japan.
No one says this was meant to be a comedy, but I laughed through most of it. If it's cheap, and if you can stand old movies in general, it's hilarious. Read morePublished 3 months ago by T. Cue.
I LOVED IT WHEN I FIRST SAW IT IN THE THEATRE MANY YEARS AGO. WANTED TO HAVE IT FOR THE RECORD. CRITERION DOES SUCH A BEAUTIFUL JOB OF RESTORING FILMS AND THIS IS A CLASSIC.Published 4 months ago by Eleanor Takahashi iNSKIP
Gate of Hell (1953) takes place in a feudal Japan, and it is a story about a certain samurai who falls in love with a wife of another samurai all of which are from the same clan. Read morePublished 6 months ago by L
I bought this movie as a Christmas present for someone who enjoys gorgeous costuming. However, I expected the story itself to be a bit dull or predictable - and that we might zone... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Corinne O'Kelly
This is one of the most beautiful movies ever made. The story is heartbreaking and disturbing. But the acting is great. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Steve J
Great colors, good story. The ending (the very, very tip ending just before the curtain falls) was a bit flat, though. After all that happened, I thought "Mmm.... Read morePublished 10 months ago by GJW
A powerful film. A great study in Japanese cinema. Full of cultural Japanese ideas that are excellently portrayed.Published 11 months ago by potzo