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Program Title: Gate of Hell
EASC Code: JG-10
Series Title:
Region/Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Subject: Fiction
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: VHS
Director: Teinosuke Kinugasa
Producer: Home Vision
Release Date: 1953
Running Time: 86 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: A Japanese warrior demands the hand of a married woman as payment for a great service he rendered in time of conflict. The woman, just as strong willed as he, prefers death to dishonor. Kinugasa's sublime control of color intensifies every emotion in his Academy Award®-winning masterpiece, a classic 12th-century tale about a warrior whose love dishonors a married woman. The screen is steeped in fiery reds for chaotic battle scenes, then blanketed in soothing images of white-kimonoed priests beside a calm blue sea. The exquisite compositions and charged performances of Kazuo Hasegawa and Machiko Kyo depict a culture dedicated to order, yet easily rocked by passion.
Data Entry Date: 12/8/06