(aka 'Nikutai no mon' or 'Gate of Flesh')

Japan 1964

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.


Theatrical Release: May 31st, 1964 - Tokyo

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DVD Review: Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 298 - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:30:27 
Video 2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.83 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion / Home Vision

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• New video interview with director Seijun Suzuki and art director Takeo Kimura
• Original theatrical trailer
• Stills gallery of archival production photos
• Liner notes essay by Asian cinema critic Chuck Stephens

DVD Release Date: July 26th, 2005

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Chapters: 18



The occasional colors really stand out well in this exceptionally dark film. Like "Story of a Prostitute" it has a thick appearance and is relatively sharp. The 22 minute From the Ruins video interview featurette features longtime collaborators Suzuki and art director Kimura discussing the making of "Gate of Flesh". It was good but I preferred the longer interviews extra in the "Story of a Prostitute" DVD.

NOTE: Comparing to the PAL - Hanzibar Films - Region 2- we see the Criterion is slightly cropped on the right edge but is far sharper with a superior color balance.

I enjoyed the film but again not as much as "Story of a Prostitute". It had some, almost, exploitive elements to its narrative that I found a little unsettling.

Gary W. Tooze


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