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Jigoku no magarikado

A Turning to Hell


Release Date
October, 6th, 1959
Running Time
93 min
Screening Format
Screen Size
Cinema Scope (1:2.35)

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[ Story ]

Maki, a porter at the Sakura Hotel, finds a body in Room No. 2 and picks up a piece of paper on which is written "one-third of the key", also the part of a key. From a newspaper he learns that the dead man is an official who has been detained as a suspect in a bribery case involving 150,000,000 yen and that another suspect named Matsunaga is still in custody. Maki realizes that if he can obtain the other two-thirds of the key, he will be a multi-millionaire.
On the following night, a woman takes the room next to No. 2 and Maki feels that she is somehow involved in the case. His hunch proves correct for at midnight, the woman, Takako, enters Room No. 2 in search of the key.
Maki allies himself with Takako who already possesses one-third of the key. Now he secures the two-thirds. No sooner is Matsunaga discharged than he is murdered and the remaining piece of the key found on him passed on to Maki. In a post office box which the key opens, he finds a memorandum which mentions three important men involved in the bribery case whom he threatens with exposure and obtains a large sum of money.
As Maki enters his car with the money he is informed that he is wanted on the telephone. As he turns back Takako dashes into the car and is soon away. Maki follows in another car then suddenly, Takako's car turns over and catches fire. Maki runs to the burning car to save the money, but all that remains is a handful of ashes.

【Quoted from the database of Nikkatsu Corporation】
【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1960.3.1】

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