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Youth of the Beast (1963)

Yajû no seishun (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Mystery | 21 April 1963 (Japan)
A violent thug plays opposing yakuza bosses against each other.

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Misako Watanabe ...
Kumiko Takeshita
Tamio Kawachi ...
Hideo Nomoto
Minako Katsuki ...
Sawako Miura
Daizaburô Hirata ...
Shibata
Eiji Gô ...
Shigeru Takechi
Kôichi Uenoyama ...
Masao Hisano
Akiji Kobayashi ...
Tatsuo Nomoto
Yûzô Kiura ...
Takeo Minegishi
Naomi Hoshi ...
Keiko
Hiroshi Kôno ...
Seizô Honma
Eimei Esumi ...
Gorô Minami
Shuntarô Tamamura ...
Shôichi Maeda
Mizuho Suzuki ...
Detective Hirokawa
Zenji Yamada ...
Fujita
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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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Action | Crime | Mystery

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2.35 : 1
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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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Superior example of 1960's crime cinema!
15 April 2000 | by (Stillwater, OK (USA)) – See all my reviews

"Yaju no Seishun" ("Youth of the Beast") is, without doubt, one of the greatest Japanese films of the 1960's. It is also, arguably, the best film from the amazing director, Suzuki Seijun. This was Suzuki-sensei's "breakthrough" film; in as much as it was the first film where he truly let his flamboyant, dizzying, artistic sense come forward. Full of intense, innovative, eye-popping visuals, the film never loses its solid narrative flow; thanks, in part, to a great script based on the novel by Hard-Boiled master, Oyabu Haruhiko. What more could one ask for? A great story, brilliant direction, and outstanding performances (especially by Shishido Jo). This is a superior example of the Japanese thriller--and, for that matter, crime cinema of the 1960's in general!


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