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?
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Did You Know?
Has a similar plot as the film The Beguiled
(1971), which was based on the 1966 novel by Thomas Cullinan
and remade in 2017. In both films, a group of women, after banding together in a struggle to survive the ravages of war, have their tenuous co-existence threatened by the arrival of a man, an ex-soldier, who fascinates and frightens them to varying degrees. He grows particularly close to one of the women, with whom he makes plans to escape, and both films end with the two pairs of lovers suffering the same fate. See more
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
As soon as that wound heals, I want you out of here. This place belongs to just us girls.
Remade as Gate of Flesh