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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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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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Two young delinquents start a relationship that will spell disaster for both of them.
7 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting story about how stupid and self-destructive people—young people in this case—can be. This movie was released in 1960, but look around and it's clear that the issues it brings up—although in a somewhat overly melodramatic way—continue to be relevant today, and probably always will be as long as human beings exist. The previous reviewer has the right to their negative opinion, but I think they missed the big picture, perhaps they are just too young to know any better.

Besides following a good storyline, it is also well-shot. The cinematography is crisp. And the overall nature of the photography gives the film a fantastic and hermetic quality. It's gritty, and obviously seeks to be realistic, but it has the feel of a fable or a morality tale.


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