Naked Youth (1960)
"Seishun zankoku monogatari" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  July 1961 (USA)
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Kiyoshi is a brooding young man who treats women solely as objects. Makoto is a young woman who is just reaching her sexual awakening. She and her friends accept car rides from middle aged ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miyuki Kuwano ...
Yûsuke Kawazu ...
Yuki, Makoto's elder
Fumio Watanabe ...
Akimoto, the doctor
Shinji Tanaka ...
Yoshimi Ito, student
Yosuke Hayashi
Shinjiro Matsuzaki ...
Toshiko Kobayashi ...
Hiroshi Nihon'yanagi ...
Keizo Horio
Kyû Sazanka
Shin Morikawa
Shinko Ujiie ...
Masae Sakaguchi
Jun Hamamura ...
Masahiro, Makoto's
Tamotsu Tamura
Yuki Tominaga ...
Toshiko Nishioka


Kiyoshi is a brooding young man who treats women solely as objects. Makoto is a young woman who is just reaching her sexual awakening. She and her friends accept car rides from middle aged men, although they state it is nothing more than fun with no intention of leading those men on. Kiyoshi and Makoto meet when he saves her from one of those middle aged men who tries to take advantage of her. Despite treating each other abusively, they start a relationship with each other which leads to what they call love, but feels more like an emotional dependence on each other to rebel against traditional society. Each with no money, they start to extort money from these middle aged men who she leads on. This act is only one demonstration of the only power they feel they have, namely sex, which they use against others as well as against each other in their doomed relationship. Written by Huggo

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July 1961 (USA)  »

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A Story of the Cruelties of Youth  »

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The adult subject matter was too much for the BBFC who rejected the film for a UK cinema certificate in 1960. It was finally passed uncut with a 15 certificate in 2008. See more »


Referenced in My Voyage to Italy (2001) See more »

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A film about adolescent sexuality years before its time
12 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

Oshima's film about adolescents in Tokyo was made in 1960 and is extraordinarly prescient: the picture he portrays of teenagers is far in advance of Swinging London and the Summer of Love in San Francisco. His teenage protagonists not only have sex together, but are involved in a sex-crime scam where the girl acts as a decoy for middle aged men to be blackmailed for trying to solicit her sexual services. The treatment of adolescent sexuality is far ahead of its time:Oshima gives us an accurate picture of teenage sexual activity that was unthinkable at the time. Brilliantly shot in cinemascope and exquisitely lit, the film is visually arresting. The sequence where the male lead eats an apple over his sleeping girlfriend's sleeping body is one of many highlights. A little known masterpiece by one of the masters of twentieth century Japanese cinema.

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