Gate of hell

Gate of hell

DVD - 2013 | Japanese
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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.

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voisjoe1_0
Mar 22, 2016

This 1953 film is the first Japanese color (Eastman) film exported to the West. It won the top prize at the Cannes Film Fest (the last year it was called the Grand Prize – the next year the top prize was called Palme d’Or). A Samurai warrior saves his leader in a great battle and gets the right to ask for anything he wishes. His great wish will lead everyone to Hell (figuratively, not literally). It is an emotional tale of obsession run amuk.

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lukasevansherman
Sep 01, 2014

English title: "Gate of Hell." The first Japanese color film to be released internationally. Won the Palme d'Or and an Oscar.

theorbys Sep 12, 2013

A sad story of an honorable samurai's utter degradation, beautifully filmed with a fine sense of color and period look and feel.

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