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Gate of Flesh

Seijun Suzuki

 
Gate of Flesh (Criterion DVD)

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  • Japan
  • 1964
  • 90 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #298

In the shady black markets and bombed-out hovels of post–World War II Tokyo, a tough band of prostitutes eke out a dog-eat-dog existence, maintaining tenuous friendships and a semblance of order in a world of chaos. But when a renegade ex-soldier stumbles into their midst, lusts and loyalties clash, with tragic results. With Gate of Flesh, visionary director Seijun Suzuki delivers a whirlwind of social critique and pulp drama, shot through with brilliant colors and raw emotions.

Cast

Shintaro IbukiJoe Shishido
Borneo MayaYumiko Nogawa
Komasa SenSatoko Kasai
AbeKoji Wada
RokuTomiko Ishii
MinoKayo Matsuo
MachikoMisako Tominaga
IshiiKeisuke Noro
Catholic Priest Chico Rolando

Credits

DirectorSeijun Suzuki
MusicNaozumi Yamamoto
EditingAkira Suzuki
Production designTakeo Kimura
CinematographyShigeyoshi Mine
ScreenplayGoro Tanada
From the novel byTaijiro Tamura
ProducerKaneo Iwai

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Exclusive new video interview with director Seijun Suzuki and production designer Takeo Kimura
  • Stills gallery of rare archival production photos and art
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: a new essay by noted Asian-cinema critic Chuck Stephens

    New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Film Essays

Gate of Flesh: I Love in Fear

By Chuck Stephens July 25, 2005

Placed on the table before you are three images of Tokyo, each of them representing aspects of the metropolis as it existed back in 1964, some nineteen years after firebombings had reduced the . . . Read more »

Dispatches

Takeo Kimura, 1918–2010

By Chuck Stephens April 06, 2010

In “the cinema of flourishes”—as scholar David Bordwell once memorably characterized the long and grand tradition of Japanese filmmaking—few flourish makers have flown so high as Takeo Kimura, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Gate of Flesh: I Love in Fear

By Chuck Stephens July 25, 2005

Placed on the table before you are three images of Tokyo, each of them representing aspects of the metropolis as it existed back in 1964, some nineteen years after firebombings had reduced the . . . Read more »