An interesting film, with both dramatic episodes and real human drama; the main characters all go through some changes: the obsessive gallant becomes a monk (after asking to be killed), and the high class and martial husband becomes humanely stoic, but the wife, who is killed at the end accidentally, was and stayed a meek and virtuous wife. Some of the facial close-ups and cutbacks are awkward (the worst part of the film), but just about all of the scenes are well set up and the interiors and architecture were deftly incorporated into the cinematography.
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.
English title: "Gate of Hell." The first Japanese color film to be released internationally. Won the Palme d'Or and an Oscar.
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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