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.
Conclusion: There is a good reason why Martin Scorsese has stated that Teinosuke Kinugasa's Gate of Hell is one of the ten most beautiful color films ever made - the film overflows with lush, at times overwhelmingly beautiful colors. Recently restored, Gate of Hell now also looks healthier than ever before. The story it tells is very simple, but it is profoundly moving. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?
Conclusion: Japanese director Teinosuke Kinugasa's Gate of Hell is a simple but very effective film about a great warrior obsessed with a married woman. Described by director Martin Scorsese as one of the ten most beautiful color films ever made, Gate of Hell looks spectacular on Blu-ray. In fact, I would argue that this is the best looking period Asian film Eureka Entertainment have released to date. Don't miss it, folks. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?
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.