- Actors: Shigeru Amachi, Utako Mitsuya, Yôichi Numata, Hiroshi Hayashi, Jun Ôtomo
- Directors: Nobuo Nakagawa
- Writers: Nobuo Nakagawa, Ichirô Miyagawa
- Producers: Mitsugu Ôkura
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
- Language: Japanese
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Criterion
- Release Date: Sept. 19 2006
- Run Time: 101 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- ASIN: B000G8NY1I
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,043 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Jigoku (Criterion Collection)
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Shocking, outrageous, and poetic, Jigoku (Hell, a.k.a. The Sinners of Hell) is the most innovative creation from Nobuo 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 the gloriously gory final third of the film, Nakagawa offers up his vision of the underworld in a tour de force of torture 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.
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One of the most interesting things about this movie is I found that I was actually relieved once the characters where in hell because the build up was so tense, the decent into to hell is almost peaceful.
I think it is safe to say that this movie is more about creating atmosphere and bringing life to Nightmarish visions of Hell, than proving or pushing some sort of Moralistic point, the overall feel of the film is fairly Nihilistic (every character in the movie ends up in Hell) and though the movie surely gives the viewer a lot to ponder over, it is the imagery that will really stay with you.
The special effects are absolutely superb, extremely inventive, evocative and beautiful. The lighting and cinematography in the early scenes is dark and spooky, y'know.... it's a perfect movie for me, one of my favorites.
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The beginning of the movie shows the downfall of a young man who becomes trapped by his own guilt. The last part of Jigoku depicts the torment and suffering of the damned, literally in hell. The overall look is remarkably shot and completely haunting. It's incredibly violent, filled with eerie and desperate images of the lost souls. You've got bodies being sawed in half or being flayed alive down to the bone. It's a smorgasboard of brutality. I WAS BLOWN AWAY!!
The only other movie I've seen similar to this is What Dreams May Come. It's fairly obvious that movie borrowed some hellish ideas from Jigoku.
This film has reached cult status, a true masterpiece of horror.
If you've ever heard the expression, "Hell is repetition", then that's what you're in for. The film is basically a take on the idea of hell and what it's like. Needless to say, it's not a vacation in Busch Gardens. People get torn to pieces, beheaded, flayed and/or thrown in a river of boiling blood in the films last third. A cautionary tale for those of you looking to commit foul deeds is what this "boils" down to.
Okay, so bad pun aside, Criterion pulls a nice rabbit out of its magic hat with this release. I hadn't heard of the film before I had purchased it but after watching all the material on the disc, I felt like a true blue Jigoku scholar. Picture is very nice and the colors are very vibrant. The sound is in 1.0 mono but works quite well regardless. All I'll say is, it's a Criterion disc; what else can you expect other than first class?
I enjoyed the movie quite a bit actually. It's always quite interesting to see films like this, that are highly artistic and stylized while clearly enjoying torturing the viewer with horrific imagery. I recommend this one to fans of Japanese horror, but just don't get this one confused with films like "Ringu" or "Ju-On: The Grudge", as they are a bit different in their own way.
Definitely, at the very least, worth a look for those looking for something different and surreal.