A rebellious Korean artist tests the limits of his sadistic patron, an omnipotent feudal Japanese lord. Yoshihide demands a commission to paint screens of the Hell which he sees the ... See full summary »
The film is based on the story 'Hell Screen' by the Japanese writer Akutagawa Ryunosuke. His work also inspired Rashomon.
For the UK release 16 seconds of cockfighting were cut under the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act of 1937.