JAPANESE HELL aka JIGOKU (1999) Reviews and overview

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Hell – original title: 地獄 Jigoku and also known as Japanese Hell – is a 1999 Japanese horror feature film written and directed by Teruo Ishii. It is a loose remake of the 1960 film of the same title. The movie stars Mutsumi Fujita, Hisayoshi Hirayama, Michiko Maeda, Yôko Satomi, Kenpachirô Satsuma, Kinako Satô, Ryûji Takasaki, Tetsurô Tanba.

Sixteen-year-old Rika wants to leave a murderous cult but she is sent to Hell where she meets demons and souls who have committed heinous and outrageous crimes…

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Reviews:

‘Though indeed graphic in its depiction, there is very little either haunting or life-like. This includes the huge styrofoam mallets wielded by rubber-suited demons, the jello-mud bath apparently symbolizing molten lava, the nude interpretive dances by bare-breasted girls intended to convey the convulsions of hell zombies (etc etc etc). Despite the many flaws, however, this film is indeed entertaining…’ Scott Futz, SaruDama

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‘At this point in his career Ishii was working totally independently on absolute shoestring budgets, so the painfully bad special effects, set design, and acting provides a comic counterpoint to all of the severed limbs […] There are many out there who’ll take Jigoku as an opportunity to spend a night laughing out loud at a bad B-movie…’ J-Film Pow Wow

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‘Unlike in 1960, we quickly move to Hell early in the film – but it’s a tiny set with painted walls, a handful of extras, and only a few demons with inexpressive masks on – the monsters look more like 1960s Ultraman cast-offs. Also, the gore looks unconvincing and home-made.’ Black Hole

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