After remaining faithful to his lord, and distinguishing himself in combat, Moritoh Endo is permitted to name his own reward. He requests to marry Lady Kesa, the wife of the Imperial Gate Guard, but this wish is refused. For the rest of the movie, he obsesses about her, and tries to win her by force, which of course ends tragically.
Machiko Kyo as Lady Kase does stand out, but overall there is nothing exceptional about this movie. The quality of the video is not that great either.
Unfortunately, I'd have to say that the movie was somewhat of a disappointment.
Filmed in beautiful & vibrant color (probably one of the first color films from Japan), the cinematography in "Gate of Hell" is exquisite. The story is by no means dated, though it does become somewhat predictable. Still, it is both compelling and engaging and the acting is superb, especially Machiko Ky˘. Memorable scenes in the film include the confusion at the royal palace, Laky Kesa hiding from traitorous soldiers, Moritoh meeting Lady Kesa and her aunt after the revolt, Moritoh given the choice of his heart's desire, the horse races, Moritoh at the home of Lady Kesa's aunt, and the ending scenes. The makeup used on Moritoh could have been better.Read more ›