Gate of Flesh

Synopsis: 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?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Seijun Suzuki
Production: Criterion Collection
90 min

I'm not so hard up

I need to get it from a working girl.


Here comes a jeep!

That's all.


Hey! Give that back!

Hey, mister.

What the hell?

What're you trying to do?

Come back here!

Buy a sweet potato.

Loaded with nutrition!

Direct from the producers.

One, please.

You're working hard.

Need to keep up your stamina.

Sen, you said we could

hook up sometime.

Sure. But just so you know,

I don't give discounts.

You're gonna charge me?

What do you expect?

I'm not some boiled potato.

Get serious.



Ofuku broke our rule.

With a student who sells

lottery tickets in Yurakucho.

Went to bed with him for free.

What's that?

Poor Ofuku.

She had it coming.

You didn't have to cut her hair.

What's gotten into you?


That Machiko makes me sick.

Acting like Miss Goody Two Shoes.

She only joined us

a month before you.

Wanna have a good time, mister?

I caught her hooking in our territory,

so I shook her up a little.

I'll show you a good time.

She started crying

and gave me a big sob story,

so I felt sorry for her.

She's disgusting.

Going like this all the time.

Hey, mister,

let's have some fun together.

You really have to go now?

I have to get up early.

Your wife's a lucky woman.

To have a husband who visits her

way off in Fukushima.

Her father would bawl me out

if I didn't.

That's the lot

of the adopted husband.

A woman's happiest

when she's married.

I'd sure like to be married again.

You said your husband

was a teacher?

Yeah. Got called up

in the reserves and sent to Iwo Jima.

I sometimes wonder how he died.

It was awful.

He had BO to kill.

I feel like I caught

the stench from him.

Smell me, will you, Roku?

- No way.

- Okay, I'm done.

- A final rinse.

Wash real good, Maya.

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