The Oil-Hell Murder
Film poster
Directed byHideo Gosha
Written byHideo Gosha
StarringKanako Higuchi
Release date
  • 23 May 1992 (1992-05-23)
Running time
115 minutes

The Oil-Hell Murder (女殺油地獄, Onna goroshi abura no jigoku) is a 1992 Japanese film directed by Hideo Gosha. It was Japan's submission to the 65th Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not accepted as a nominee.[1][2][3]

The story of murder, lust, custom, and violence centers around oil sellers in 18th century Osaka. It is based on a bunraku and kabuki play The Woman-Killer and the Hell of Oil[a] by Chikamatsu Monzaemon. It was released by the Criterion Collection in summer 2013 on their Hulu channel.



See also


  1. ^ The two are actually called the same in Japanese and only in English they have different names.


  1. ^ "List of Japanese films nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film" (in Japanese). Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan. Retrieved 22 June 2008.
  2. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  3. ^ "Foreign Oscar entries submitted". Variety. Retrieved 20 September 2015.