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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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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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Did You Know?

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 »

Connections

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

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Lurid Pulp Covers come to life!
15 April 2000 | by shishidoSee all my reviews

Yet another brilliant work from director Suzuki Seijun, who manages to create (in almost every frame) a world in which lurid pulp paperback cover paintings have come to life! This tale of the rampant desperation of mere existence in post-WWII Tokyo is simply stunning on all counts. "Nikutai no Mon" ("Gate of Flesh") is both bleakly realistic, and flamboyantly artistic. It is brutal, shocking, funny, and depressing--sometimes all at once! Excellent cinema--not to be missed by any Japanese film buffs.


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