Jigoku: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1960) / Region 1
Jigoku: The Criterion Collection

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The Criterion Collection, A Continuing Series of Important Classic and Contemporary Films

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 is own guilt-ridden conscience and a mysterious, diabolical doppelganger. But all possible escape routs 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 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.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jul 03 2006
  • Production Year 1960
  • Empire SKU 1174920
  • UPC Code 715515020121
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


New, restored high-definition digital transfer
"Building The Inferno" - New documentary on director Nobuo Nakagawa and the making of the film, featuring exclusive interviews with actor Yoichi Numata, screenwriter Ichiro Miyagawa, Nakagawa collaborators Chiho Katsura and Kensuke Suzuki, and Cure and Doppelganger director Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Theatrical Trailer
Galleries of posters from selected Nakagawa and Shintoho Studios films
New and Improved English Subtitle Translation
Plus: New Essay by noted Asian-cinema critic Chuck Stephens


  • Audio
    Japanese Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)

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