Gate of Hell (Jigokumon)

  • Dir: Kinugasa Teinosuke

  • Japan, 1953, 89min, DCP

  • Cast: Hasegawa Kazuo, Kyo Machiko

Love and honor amidst the chaos of the Meiji Rebellion (1159). The vainglorious samurai Morito (Hasegawa Kazuo) falls in love with the demure courtier Kesa (Kyo Machiko) when they act as decoys to protect the emperor. Nonetheless, her husband stands in the way of the marriage Morito desires. Morito seemingly convinces Kesa to aid him in the murder of her spouse as he sleeps. Yet, the shocking denouement reveals the complexity of love and fidelity. Japan’s first color film for global release, Kinugasa Teinosuke’s film that won the Grand Prizes at Locarno and Cannes and an Academy Award set the scene for ardent appreciation of Japanese aesthetics in international cinema.

1954 Cannes Film Festival, Grand Prize
1955 Academy Awards, Honorary Award – Best Foreign Language Film

1.9.2018(SAT): Post-screening talk with Thomas Shin

Screening:

Note

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