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Gate of Hell

Director:  Teinosuke Kinugasa
Year Released:  1953
Rating:  2.5

Led me to believe it would be an action picture until about twenty minutes in before it diverted off into romantic love triangle territory. The key conflict - that of a samurai in love with another warrior's wife - is closer to Sirk than Kurosawa; it's also painfully obvious what the outcome will be. Costumes and set colors are really vibrant in a Kwaidan way - though not as pronounced of course - and as a film it keeps your attention without being particularly groundbreaking.

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