Conclusion: 'Gate of Hell' is an arresting journey of obsession and its pitfalls. The characters are just as rich and varied as the colorful menagerie going on in the film. Criterion has done a great job with the video transfer. The audio is only piped through one channel, but it gets the job done. The complete lack of special features is pretty disappointing though. All in all, 'Gate of Hell' is recommended.
Summary: Winner of the prestigious Grand Prix Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Japanese director Teinosuke Kinugasa's "Jigokumon" a.k.a "Gate of Hell" (1953) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion. There are no supplemental features on this release. Included is an illustrated booklet featuring an essay by film historian Stephen Prince. In Japanese, with optional English subtitles for the main feature. Region-A "locked".
Excerpt: Japan produced its first colour feature in 1951. Carmen Comes Home was a sprightly comedy starring Hideko Takamine (a former child star who would soon become a fixture in Mikio Naruse’s female-centred melodramas) and directed by Keisuke Kinoshita (best-known for Twenty-Four Eyes , also available from Masters of Cinema), yet it didn’t make the journey West until much later in the decade.