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Gate of Hell

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Original title
Jigokumon (Gate of Hell)
Running time
88 min.
Japan Japan
Teinosuke Kinugasa, Masaichi Nagata (Play: Kan Kikuchi)
Yasushi Akutagawa
Kôhei Sugiyama
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Daiei Studios
Drama | Feudal Japan. 14th Century. Samurai
Synopsis / Plot
In 1350, during an attempted coup, one of the court's ladies in waiting disguises herself as the lord's wife, and a loyal samurai conveys her from the city. This diversion allows the royal family to escape. After the coup fails, the samurai asks his lord to let him marry the woman as his reward. The lord grants the request and then discovers she is already married to one of the ruling family's lieges. The samurai clings to his desire, importuning her to leave her husband, then challenging the husband to release her. Although the husband stays calm and she stays faithful, the samurai remains intemperate and stubborn, with tragic consequences.
1954: Oscar: Best Costume Design (Color). Honorary Award: Best Foreign Language Picture
1954: Cannes Film Festival: Palme d´Or (Golden Palm)
1954: New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Best Foreign Language Film
1954: Locarno International Film Festival: Grand Prize
1954: National Board of Review: Top Best Foreign Films
1954: BAFTA Awards: Nominated for Best Film from any Source
1956: Jussi Awards: Best Foreign Actress (Machiko Kyô)
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