Gate of Hell
DIRECTOR: TEINOSUKE KINUGASA
CAST: MACHIKO KYô, KAZUO HASEGAWA, ISAO YAMAGATA
The first color film from the Daiei studio, made with imported Eastmancolor stock, this Heiji Rebellion-era Cannes winner concerns the samurai Morito (Kazuo Hasegawa) and his all-consuming desire for married lady-in-waiting Kesa (Kyō), whose husband the warrior plots to do away with. Kinugasa, a veteran actor and director perhaps best known for his avant-garde silent films of the 1920s, gets marvelously committed, psychologically acute performances from his leads, crafting a visually ravishing tale of obsession, intrigue, and fatal attraction.
Print courtesy of the Japan Foundation.
Gate of Hell is screening in Machiko Kyō