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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 Roland Chico Roland ... Black Pastor
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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview Seijun answered the question of the uniqueness of this film in relation to other B/Program pictures he made in the time: "The studio wanted to make a skin flick, that's all. We couldn't make a real porno back then, though." See more »

Goofs

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

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A great japanese exploitation movie, 60's style
25 June 1999 | by freakusSee all my reviews

Suzuki is the master! He has made the greatest examples of 60's low budget exploitation cinema. The way he uses a different color to represent each of the prostitutes almost makes them appear like demons in that underground lair of theirs. But who is the real monster of the film? The occupying Americans who use the prostitutes? The prostitutes themselves? Or is it the hate filled ex-soldier (played by the great Joe Shishido!) who controls the women?


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