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11 December 1964 (USA) See more »
After World War II, some Tokyo prostitutes band together with a strict code: no pimps, attack any street walker who comes into our territory... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Seijun Suzuki 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Taijirô Tamura  novel
Goro Tanada 

Produced by
Kaneo Iwai .... producer
Original Music by
Naozumi Yamamoto 
Cinematography by
Shigeyoshi Mine 
Film Editing by
Akira Suzuki 
Production Design by
Takeo Kimura 
Art Direction by
Takeo Kimura 
Production Management
Yoshiaki Yabuuchi .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Masami Kuzû .... assistant director
Sound Department
Tsugio Yonezu .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Aizô Kôno .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Masaru Mori .... colorist

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Also Known As:
"Nikutai no mon" - Japan (original title)
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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
France:-12 | UK:18 (video rating) (2000) | UK:R (1968) | USA:Not Rated

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Arty Japanese exploitation, 16 March 2008
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Having discovered the Female Prisoner Scorpion series recently, I've been looking out for more Japanese exploitation films and Gates of Flesh is an early example. The film is a bit artier than the other examples I've seen, and despite focuses on a nest of prostitutes; there isn't a lot of sex/nudity in it either. However, director Seijun Suzuki gets round this by giving the film a tremendously dark and unpleasant atmosphere that bodes well with the plot line as well as the time in which the film is set. The film is set shortly after World War II and we focus on a group of prostitutes who have come together to work for themselves. As a result, they have no pimp to answer to and so have to protect themselves also. They get a strict set of rules in place, which are enforced again by the girls themselves and the main rule states that none of them may give out what they sell for free. The group gets a new member in the form of a girl named Maya and shortly afterwards a thief seeks sanctuary with the prostitutes, and causes disruption within the group.

The plot is very ambiguous and it's never made clear exactly what the 'point' of any of the characters is, which on the one hand makes the film interesting as it means we have to work things out for ourselves; but on the other, the characters lack humanity and so the film can be a bit dry as a result. The director is apparently quite respected for making films like this; Gate of Flesh is the first one of his that I've seen so I cant comment on the body of his work, but clearly he is a director that values of the importance of making his films interesting and Gate of Flesh also looks very nice and the director gets the best out of his performers. I think that the director was hoping more to get a point across than anything else, but he also values style and that comes across well in the film also. The plot does flow fairly well, although at times it seems like there's not a lot happening so the film is not constantly entertaining. Overall, I won't name this film as a favourite of mine and I do prefer the more wild Japanese exploitation flicks; but this certainly isn't a bad film and I can recommend it.

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