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Youth of the Beast -- When a mysterious stranger muscles into two rival yakuza gangs, Tokyo's underworld explodes with violence.


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Release Date:
21 April 1963 (Japan) See more »
A violent thug plays opposing yakuza bosses against each other. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Vibrant, colorful, Yakuza flick par excellance. See more (15 total) »


  (in credits order)

Jô Shishido ... Joji 'Jo' Mizuno
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
Yuriko Abe
Ikuko Kimuro
Shirô Yanase ... Ishizaki Ken
Tomio Aoki ... Matsui Terumi
Ichirô Kijima ... Detective Takeshita Koichi - Jo's former partner
Shôzô Miki
Norikatsu Hanamura
Akira Hisamatsu ... Detective Yamada (as Kosuke Hisamatsu)
Takashi Nomura
Gen Mihama
Gô Kuroda ... Morikawa Tokio
Densuke Mitsuzawa
Ikuo Nikaidô
Hiroshi Midorikawa
Masako Urushizawa
Yoshihiro Yamaguchi
Kensuke Akashi
Yasuo Itoga
Hiroshi Takao ... Nomura
Toshihiko Oda
Masatoshi Takase
Kinzô Shin ... Shinsuke Onodera
Masao Shimizu ... Ishiyama Yosuke
Nobuo Kaneko ... Ozawa Soichi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seijun Suzuki ... Detective Hirokawa (uncredited)

Directed by
Seijun Suzuki 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ichirô Ikeda  writer
Tadaaki Yamazaki  writer
Haruhiko Ôyabu  novel

Produced by
Keinosuke Kubo .... producer
Original Music by
Hajime Okumura 
Cinematography by
Kazue Nagatsuka 
Film Editing by
Akira Suzuki 
Production Design by
Yoshinaga Yoko'o 
Production Management
Yoshio Mutô .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Noboru Watanabe .... assistant director
Sound Department
Toshio Nakamura .... sound
Special Effects by
Keiji Kaneda .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Toshio Ueda .... colorist
Camera and Electrical Department
Mitsuo Ônishi .... gaffer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Yajû no seishun" - Japan (original title)
"The Brute" - USA
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92 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

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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Remade as Day of the Beast (????)See more »


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Vibrant, colorful, Yakuza flick par excellance., 1 September 2005
Author: Ham_and_Egger from Indianapolis, Indiana

This is one of the Yakuza movies made during the height of Seijun Suzuki's run at Nikkatsu Studios. It's not as abstract as the later stuff but it's just as brilliant. It can't be stressed enough that though he made "entertainment films" he did it with a vengeance. I've seen four of his films so far, ranging from 1958 to 1967, and they're all strikingly original. From this period 'Tokyo Drifter' seems to get more press than 'Youth of the Beast' (both star Jo Shisido) but I'll take this one. The colors and the composition of the wide-screen images draw you in, while the violence and the narrative jags keep you guessing. Highly recommended both for both its artistry and its energy, if you like gangster movies here's one for you.

The plot revolves around Jo, a tough ex-con with a mysterious past who shows up and deftly goes to work for rival Yakuza bosses. He immediately pits them against each other and starts raking in as much money as he can. However, it soon becomes clear that he has ulterior motives involving a string of call-girls operated by one of the bosses. Literally no one is safe when he starts clawing his way toward the center of the web.

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