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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 »
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A violent thug plays opposing yakuza bosses against each other. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Well done...and quite brutal. See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (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 Sudô (as 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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Runtime:
92 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Well done...and quite brutal., 29 January 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"Youth of the Beast" begins with what appears to be a double suicide--a cop and his mistress. However, this will play an important part in the film later. In the meantime, the ultra-cool Japanese actor, Jo Shishido, plays Jo Mizuno--a guy who is super-tough and wants to join one of the yakuza gangs. Hwever, he obviously has something up his sleeve, as he soon joins the rival gang--and soon he begins pitting them against each other. In many ways, this plays like a non-comedic version of Kurasawa's 1961 classic "Yojimbo"--as a crafty guy manages to gain the trust of both gangs in order to bring them down. The big question is why? Why does J constantly risk his life and what does this have to do with the two dead folks at the film's beginning?

Because there are rival gangs and lots of betrayals, the film can get a bit confusing--especially at the end when everyone seems to be shooting everyone! These scum naturally don't wear uniforms so sometimes I did have a bit of trouble keeping track of who is who. Still, it is a very good gangster film--one that has plenty of action and the usual Shishido level of coolness. Well crafted and exciting--plus learning who was behind everything--that was a pretty fifty twist!

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