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Gate of Flesh (1964)
"Nikutai no mon" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  11 December 1964 (USA)
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After World War II, some Tokyo prostitutes band together with a strict code: no pimps, attack any street walker who comes into our territory, defend the abandoned building we call home, and... See full summary »

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Shintaro Ibuki
Kôji Wada ...
Abe
Yumiko Nogawa ...
Maya
Tomiko Ishii ...
Oroku
Kayo Matsuo ...
Omino
Kuniko Kawanishi
Misako Tominaga ...
Machiko
Isao Tamagawa ...
Horidome
Chico Roland ...
Black Pastor
Eimei Esumi ...
Sen
Hiroshi Chô
Keisuke Noro ...
Ishii
Mikiko Sakai
Terue Shigemori
Kôji Yashiro
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After World War II, some Tokyo prostitutes band together with a strict code: no pimps, attack any street walker who comes into our territory, defend the abandoned building we call home, and punish whomever gives away sex (who falls in love). Maya, a young woman whose family has died, joins the group. Into the mix comes Shin, a thief who's killed a G.I. The women allow him to hide while recovering from wounds, but then he won't leave. Maya is drawn to him, discovering as she falls in love that she can feel again; she's now more fully human, but at the same time, she's endangered herself and her livelihood. Can she and Shin make it out of Tokyo to establish life as a couple? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Barriera di carne - La porta del corpo  »

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A downward shot pans across a crowd following a stretcher. When straight down, you see the shadow of the camera, crane and the camera operator. See more »

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Lurid Pulp Covers come to life!
15 April 2000 | by (Stillwater, OK (USA)) – See all my reviews

Yet another brilliant work from director Suzuki Seijun, who manages to create (in almost every frame) a world in which lurid pulp paperback cover paintings have come to life! This tale of the rampant desperation of mere existence in post-WWII Tokyo is simply stunning on all counts. "Nikutai no Mon" ("Gate of Flesh") is both bleakly realistic, and flamboyantly artistic. It is brutal, shocking, funny, and depressing--sometimes all at once! Excellent cinema--not to be missed by any Japanese film buffs.


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