Directors in Focus: Seijun Suzuki
Gate of Flesh
dir. Seijun Suzuki, Japan, 1964, 35mm, 90 min., Japanese w/ English subtitles
Introduced by Rob Buscher - Director, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
Part social realist drama, part sadomasochistic trash opera, Gate of Flesh paints a dog-eat-dog portrait of postwar Tokyo. The film takes the point of view of a gang of tough prostitutes working out of a bombed-out building. When a lusty ex-soldier lurches into their midst, the group’s most sensitive member is tempted to break one of its most important rules: no falling in love. From the women’s bold, color-coded dresses to the unorthodox use of superimposition effects and theatrical lighting, this is Suzuki at his most astonishingly inventive. Intended for mature audiences.
Print courtesy of the Japan Foundation.