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
 
IMDB:
7.6
NOT RATED
Year:
1964
90 min
28 Views


A NIKKATSU FILM:

GATE OF FLESH:

From the novel by

TAIJIRO TAMURA:

Produced by

KANEO IWAI:

Screenplay by

GORO TANADA:

Cinematography by

SHIGEYOSHI MINE:

Lighting by

AIZO KONO:

Production design by

TAKEO KIMURA:

Music by

NAOZUMI YAMAMOTO

Starring

JOE SHISHIDO:

KOJI WADA:

YUMIKO NOGAWA:

TOMIKO ISHII:

KAYO MATSUO:

SATOKO KASAI:

MISAKO TOMINAGA:

ISAO TAMAGAWA:

CHICO ROLANDO:

HIDEAKI ESUMI:

HIROSHI CHO:

KEISUKE NORO:

Directed by

SEIJUN SUZUKI:

The stars float above me

And I ask them my fortune

Where will I find

Sleep tonight

Police raid!

It's not that I've let

My heart turn to stone

But I no longer have

Any tears to shed

Who was it that turned me

Into this kind of woman

- Bastards!

- Pigs!

Drop dead!

F***ing MPs!

Maggots!

Let's move it!

When the war ended,

Tokyo became a city of savages.

It was kill or be killed

in the battle for survival,

and the weak lost out.

Move aside, please!

Clear the path!

Dead man coming through.

Hey, Mr. Abe.

Find another stiff on the street?

It's a cruel world.

Come have a drink

for better luck.

You guys go on ahead.

He's the second one today.

People have sunk so low.

Just eat my sweet potatoes

and I guarantee

you'll never starve.

Seriously.

I'm not blowing hot air

like those old army announcements.

I brought 'em in special

from Saitama.

Whadda ya say, sister?

Eat your fill of potatoes, folks!

- I'll take one.

- Thank you very much.

Hey!

Oh, no you don't.

You must be hungry.

Eat all you want.

Come back here, you b*tch!

As a member of the Yoshino

syndicate, I can't let -

Give it a rest.

All right, Sen, just for you.

In exchange,

how about you and I

get together sometime soon?

Sure.

Out of my way.

Excuse me.

Would you know where

I could find some work?

Ever slept with a man?

Who's that?

She says she wants to join us.

- What's your name?

- Maya.

I'm Mino.

I'm Roku.

A mean little b*tch,

at your service.

It's hard at first,

like any business.

Just watch us,

and you'll learn in no time.

You find your own johns and sell

yourself. It's not difficult.

No pimps getting in the way

and demanding a cut.

You've seen those signs

in the fish vendors' shops:

"Direct from producer to consumer. "

It's just like that.

Just remember one thing.

We're the only ones

who'll protect you.

So you better obey our rules.

If you see some b*tch

you don't know

doing business between

Yurakucho and Kachidoki Bridge,

find one of us right away

and catch her.

'Cause that's our territory.

Gotta defend our livelihood.

Times like that,

or when the police run a sweep,

the Yoshino family will protect us.

They control the market.

Come in here.

F***ing intruder!

- You're back.

- Yeah, hi.

Yo!

There's one other cardinal rule.

Never give it to a guy for free.

This is a business,

and our bodies are our merchandise.

If anyone starts giving it away,

we'll all be ruined.

Catch you doing that

and you'll be sorry.

We'll beat you within

an inch of your life.

Understand?

Back off!

Give me a chance to undress.

Don't mind me.

I could use a little show

to wake me up.

Hold it!

F***in' a**hole.

You think you can barge in here

and get my blood running,

and then just pick up and leave?

Let me go!

Pay up and I will.

Is that all you've got?

You can't afford women.

Get lost!

Wait. You forgot this.

What's the big idea?

Trying to put me out of business?

Here. Be glad I don't charge you

for the room.

Oh, well.

Where're you back from?

South?

North.

Did your sweetheart go south?

Brother. Got sent to Borneo.

Likely story.

Wanna have a good time with me?

I'm not so hard up

I need to get it from a working girl.

Moron!

Here comes a jeep!

That's all.

Yikes!

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.

Right.

Maya!

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?

Machiko.

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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