Gate Of Flesh is the first Seijun Suzzuki film that I have seen and it was an interesting film on several levels. It was intriguing on one level as a representation of the sordidness and postwar struggle. The film was based on a novel by Taijiro Tamura that was originally adapted in 1948 by Masahiko Makino. Suzuki's version includes critiques of the church, state, and American occupation. In the interview with the director he admits his anti-American bias citing the fact that he joined the war effort late and was constantly on the run, retreating from the American army, starting in the Philippines. The sets lent the film an almost surreal atmosphere. the sets were theatrical-like int he sense they portrayed the sensation of seeing a play. The director had the three main characters wear primary colors to differentiate theme from the other characters wearing dresses. Later he used these primary colors to light the internal dialogues of these characters. The film's theme drew to mind Mizoguchi's film about postwar prostitution, Women of the Night, in addition the scene where one of the characters seduces a priest in front of a church recalls the climatic scene in Women of the Night which also takes place near a church. I found the acting by the foreigners in the film embarrassingly amateur. But overall I found the film to be a fascinating look at post war depravity and struggle in occupied Japan.