A little heavy handed in my opinion. I think one sex-work film per director might be enough to drive the point home, and I think I prefer 'Story of a Prostitute' to this one. The image is vibrant, it's all that kept me awake through a relatively empty storyline.
A forerunner to the 1966 novel/1971 film The Beguiled, this Japanese melodrama has a unique setting of post-war Tokyo populated with whoring/thieving ne'er-do-well's that are victims solely of bleak circumstance of someone else's design. The colors by Suzuki are contrarily vivid to their normal lives now void of hope, yet Gate of Flesh lacks the dramatic character details and emotional depth of the later Siegel film.
Drama de serie B que engloba trama policial, explotación sexual y más que evidente crítica socio-política. Nihilismo y reivindicación de los placeres carnales tienen lugar en esta obra de culto. ("¿Qué tiene la vida aparte de comida y sexo?", dice Shi, ladrón y ex soldado que convive con el pequeño grupo de prostitutas que figuran en el filme).
A pretty ballsy movie, even more so in the 60's. I read that no Nikkatsu actress wanted to take part in the film because of the nudity and psychological violence so the studio had to hire outside help. It really makes you think women are just as savage as men. Suzuki makes zero compromise in this very bleak movie. I found it beautifully photographed too.
There is such a distinct sense of environment and place but no real sense of home. Suzuki brings the violence of this lifestyle to the forefront by depicting violence and sexuality being almost inseparable for these women. The code that they live by actually makes anything resembling real passion the girls' enemy. The girls affections for the soldier brilliantly signifies the damaged state Japan was in.
A very interesting film, if not a great one. It has a very unconventional storyline: a group of prostitutes in postwar Tokyo take in a crazed returnee from the war. And they all fall in love with him, even though he’s a bit of an asshat. Whatever. The movie’s filmed and edited in a really revolutionary style, especially for Japan. But ultimately, the storyline can’t really hold up a full movie.