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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 ...
Makoto
Yûsuke Kawazu ...
Kiyoshi
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Yuki, Makoto's elder
Fumio Watanabe ...
Akimoto, the doctor
Shinji Tanaka ...
Yoshimi Ito, student
Yosuke Hayashi
Shinjiro Matsuzaki ...
Terada
Toshiko Kobayashi ...
Teruko
Hiroshi Nihon'yanagi ...
Keizo Horio
Kyû Sazanka
Shin Morikawa
Shinko Ujiie ...
Masae Sakaguchi
Jun Hamamura ...
Masahiro, Makoto's
Tamotsu Tamura
Yuki Tominaga ...
Toshiko Nishioka
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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 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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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 »

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Featured in 100 Years of Japanese Cinema (1995) See more »

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Did I miss something???
28 March 2003 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie during an international film course at my university and I will not forgive them for making me watch this! Did I miss something because I thought this movie was just a complete waste of my time. You can't relate to any of the characters; the women are dumb and easy, the men dumb and ruthless. The beginning especially was terrible: a girl who almost gets raped is saved by a man who later rapes her himself.

I was like... huh??? What's the point in watching this for educational purposes at the university? Why not watch good old Japanese comedies instead (e.g. Juzo Itami's movies)? I was irritated that I wasted time with this movie. Advise:Just figure out what movies YOU like and stay away from this one!


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