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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jôji 'Jo' Mizuno
Misako Watanabe ...
Kumiko Takeshita
Tamio Kawaji ...
Hideo Nomoto (as Tamio Kawachi)
Minako Katsuki ...
Sawako Miura
Daisaburô Hirata ...
Shibata (as Daizaburô Hirata)
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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A very hip 60's crime drama
25 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

One of Suzuki's best films. The scenes behind the one-way glass in the nightclub make for some brilliant camera angles. Joe Shishido turns in another fine performance as a brutish thug with a secret agenda. If you are a fan of 60's era violent gangster type cinema don't pass this up!


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