“This is the house of my family. Here you will be safe.”
After remaining loyal to his emperor during an unsuccessful uprising, Samurai Moritoh (Kazuo Hasegawa) is offered his choice of rewards. He asks for the beautiful but already-married Lady Kesa (Machiko Kyo), and will stop at nothing to win her love.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Japanese Films
- Obsessive Love
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this “simple story” of obsession and loyalty in 12th century Japan would probably “work better as a play”, but the “acting and characters are so interesting and the color photography is so gorgeous… that one can have no complaints.” You’ll be frustrated by Moritoh’s stubborn obsession (he “doesn’t understand the workings of [his wife’s] heart”), impressed by Lady Kesa’s fierce dedication to her kind husband, and curious to see how the story resolves. Gate of Hell holds a unique claim-to-fame as the first Best Foreign Film Oscar winner.
- Beautiful cinematography and sets
- Interesting characters who make unusual choices
Yes. It holds a special place in movie history, and should be seen by all film fanatics.
- Foreign Gem
- Oscar Winner or Nominee