Gate of Hell (1953)

Director
Teinosuke Kinugasa

Main cast
Kazuo Hasegawa; Machiko Kyô; Isao Yamagata; Yataro Kurokawa; Kôtarô Bandô

Genres
History, Drama, Romance

Description
The samurai Moritoh Enda (Kazuo Hasegawa) performs a heroic act by rescuing the lovely Lady Kesa (Machiko Kyo) from a violent uprising. The warrior falls in love with Kesa, but becomes distraught when he finds out that she is already married to a man named Wataru Watanabe (Isao Yamagata). Unable to shake his obsession with Kesa, Moritoh grows increasingly unstable and will not stop in his pursuit of her, no matter what the consequences.


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