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Program Title: Jigoku
EASC Code: JJ-36
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Region/Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Subject: Movie & TV Drama, Fiction
Program Type: Feature
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Release Date: 1960
Running Time: 101 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: Shocking, outrageous, and poetic, Jigoku (Hell, aka The Sinners of Hell) is the most innovative creation of Nbuo Nakagawa, the father of the Japanese horror film. After a young theology student flees a hit-and-run accident, he is plagued by both his own guilt-ridden conscience and a mysterious, diabolical doppelganger. But all possible escape routes lead straight to hell--literally. In ths gloriously gory final third of the film, Nakagawa offers up his vision of the underworld in a tour de force of tortue and degradation. A striking departure from traditional Japanese ghost stories, Jigoku, with its truly eye-popping and -gouging, imagery, created aftershocks that are still reverberating in contemporary world horror cinema.
Data Entry Date: 8/10/2007