This is an original Japanese poster printed in 1967 for the first release of Gate of Flesh.
Gate of Flesh (肉体の門, Nikutai no mon) is a 1964 Japanese film based on a novel by Taijiro Tamura and directed by Seijun Suzuki.
In an impoverished and burnt out Tokyo ghetto of post-World War II Japan, a band of prostitutes defend their territory, squatting in a bombed-out building. Somehow they eke out a living together. Forming a sort of family in an environment where everyone (American soldiers and Japanese yakuza) is a potential antagonist, the girls cajole each other, and ruthlessly punish any of their group who violate the cardinal rule—no having sex for free. A new girl, Maya (Yumiko Nogawa), joins their group and learns the trade. An ex-soldier, Shintaro Ibuki (Joe Shishido), is shot nearby and holes up with the girls. Each of them starts to crave Ibuki, placing strains on the group. Maya feels it worse, seeing him as replacement for her brother (who died in Borneo). She takes him after a night of drunken revelry, and both are ostracized. Agreeing to run away together, he is shot in a double-cross, and she is left as she was at the beginning of the film—alone and hopeless.
This poster is in a good condition. It has some tears due to being very old and actually used for display at the time. 54 years ago, this poster was meant to be thrown away after it was used. Once framed with a mount the tears will not be very noticeable and add to the character of this very rare item. Please refer to the imagery as this is the exact poster that is for sale.
It is 54 years old!
Size 50 x 70.7cm
It is not a reproduction or a reprint.
Certificate of Authenticity included.We have two other copies of this poster for sale, one is in near mint condition and is in one of the best conditions that we have seen. The other has pinholes and a small tear.