Gate of Flesh
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Gate of Flesh
Gate of Flesh is one of the earliest examples of the sado-masochistic soft-core sex films called pinku eiga that would grow by the 1970s into one of Japan's largest, and domestically most popular, genres. Seijun Suzuki directed this gritty, stridently anti-American account of prostitution, set in the black markets and rubble of Tokyo during the immediate postwar era. The story focuses on Maya (Yumiko Nogawa), who finds refuge with a band of hookers living in a bombed-out building who fight for their turf and adhere to a strict, pitiless code: no sex without payment. Those women who run… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Softcore porn exploitation continually spiked by Suzuki's political vehemence and bottomless bag of visual slaps"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"shocking and disturbing, and one can only imagine how 1960s audiences reacted to it"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"An eye-poppingly colorful story of the feral, backstabbing existence that cropped up just after World War II in Japan."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Visually more engaging than is the lurid pulp story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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