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Youth of the Beast (1963)
"Yajû no seishun" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Action, Crime, Mystery  |  21 April 1963 (Japan)
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A violent thug plays opposing yakuza bosses against each other.

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Misako Watanabe ...
Kumiko Takeshita
Tamio Kawachi ...
Hideo Nomoto
Minako Katsuki
Daizaburô Hirata
Eiji Gô ...
Shigeru Takechi
Koichi Uenoyama
Akiji Kobayashi ...
Nomoto Tatsuo
Yuzo Kiura ...
Minegishi Takeo
Naomi Hoshi
Hiroshi Kôno ...
Honma
Eimei Esumi ...
Gorô Minami
Shuntarô Tamamura
Mizuho Suzuki
Zenji Yamada
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Joe Shishido plays a tough guy with a secret agenda. His violent behavior comes to the attention of a yakuza boss who immediately recruits him. He soon tries to make a deal with a rival gang a starts a gang war. His real motivations are gradually revealed as we find out how this all ties in with the murder of a policeman shown at the beginning of the film. Written by Fred Cabral <ftcabral@hotmail.com>

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21 April 1963 (Japan)  »

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The Brute  »

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This is is the first of Suzuki's films to be shot in black and white in the opening and then in color for the rest of the movie. He would do this again in Tokyo Drifter (1966). See more »

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Pop art crime flick
12 September 2008 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Joji 'Jo' Mizuno is a tough guy who walks into the lives of two rival crime gangs, playing each against the other for his own financial benefit, both are eager to have him working for them, but both will ultimately regret their decision, when his real motives are revealed. A fascinating crime story based on the novel by Haruhiko Oyabu, that pulls you in instantly, a story that reveals itself only little by little. Suzuki's film is also a pleasure to the eye, the glorious use of colours gives the film a vibrancy that when combined with the demented jazzy score, gives the film an overall pop art feel. The characters are all cool as hell and immaculately well dressed, the Tokyo street scenes are a pleasure to see in full colour, certainly the best use of urban Tokyo I've seen since House of Bamboo. Overall this is a thoroughly entertaining crime flick with pulp overtones, it may not be strong on violence but its certainly not to be missed.


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