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Gate of Flesh (1964)

Nikutai no mon (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 11 December 1964 (USA)
An injured thief on the run finds sanctuary within a brothel of united, ruthless women.


Seijun Suzuki


Taijirô Tamura (novel), Gorô Tanada (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jô Shishido ... Shintaro Ibuki (as Joe Shishido)
Kôji Wada ... Abe
Yumiko Nogawa ... Maya
Tomiko Ishii Tomiko Ishii ... Oroku
Kayo Matsuo ... Omino
Kuniko Kawanishi Kuniko Kawanishi
Misako Tominaga Misako Tominaga ... Machiko
Isao Tamagawa Isao Tamagawa ... Horidome
Chico Lourant Chico Lourant ... Black Pastor (as Chico Roland)
Eimei Esumi Eimei Esumi ... Sen
Hiroshi Chô Hiroshi Chô
Keisuke Noro Keisuke Noro ... Ishii
Mikiko Sakai Mikiko Sakai
Terue Shigemori Terue Shigemori
Kôji Yashiro Kôji Yashiro


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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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 »


Sen: As soon as that wound heals, I want you out of here. This place belongs to just us girls.
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Remade as Gate of Flesh (1977) See more »

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in the rubble of civilization
22 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

Seijun Suzuki's wide screen portrait of post-war Tokyo shows a ruined city reverted back to a primitive state of barbarity, where the only law among the society of pimps, thieves and prostitutes is Survival of the Fittest. Be forewarned: although it may be tame by today's permissive standards the film is still overtly violent, in both content and style. The garish color scheme alone is often more shocking than the animal philosophy of the gang of hookers, whose punishment for compassion among their ranks is an enthusiastic whipping. Suzuki never was the most subtle filmmaker, and the crass, uncensored vitality displayed here approaches low exploitation even while it probes with subtle insight the psychology of a vanquished nation.

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11 December 1964 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Nikkatsu Studios, Tokyo, Japan

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