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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.

Director:

Seijun Suzuki

Writers:

Taijirô Tamura (novel), Gorô Tanada (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jô Shishido ... Shintaro Ibuki (as Joe Shishido)
Kôji Wada Kôji Wada ... Abe
Yumiko Nogawa Yumiko Nogawa ... Maya
Tomiko Ishii Tomiko Ishii ... Oroku
Kayo Matsuo 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
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Storyline

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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Japanese Girls Who Bartered and Loved See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

11 December 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gate of Flesh See more »

Filming Locations:

Nikkatsu Studios, Tokyo, Japan

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #298. See more »

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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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Referenced in From the Ruins: Making 'Gate of Flesh' (2005) See more »

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Not for the Squeamish
5 March 2013 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

This film proves that good directors are able to make first-rate films in spite of very modest budgets if they have the desire and creativity necessary to succeed. Essentially, this movie concerns the plight of a small number of prostitutes who are trying to survive in post-World War II Tokyo during the American occupation. With food, medicine, shelter and employment in scarce supply those without any resources became like animals just trying to stay alive. So 5 or 6 young prostitutes take refuge in a bombed out basement and agree to live by a very strict code which forbids, among other things, sex without payment. Those who fail to comply are tortured and then thrown back onto the cold streets without any means of protection or support. At any rate, things are going well for this small group until a war-weary Japanese soldier arrives suffering from a gunshot wound. Now, rather than giving away the entire plot I will just say that the director, Seijun Suzuki, uses various techniques (like different colors to differentiate the women) to create something quite impressive out of almost nothing. Just be advised that there is some nudity and violence that wasn't usual for this period in time. But even here he uses symbolism in many cases so that it doesn't seem crass or vulgar. In short, this is a picture that I recommend to those who can appreciate artistry and ingenuity and don't depend on special effects and CGI for their film entertainment. But it's not for the squeamish.


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