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21 April 1963 (Japan) See more »
A violent thug plays opposing yakuza bosses against each other. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jô Shishido ... Joji 'Jo' Mizuno
Misako Watanabe ... Kumiko Takeshita
Tamio Kawaji ... Hideo Nomoto
Minako Katsuki
Daizaburo 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
Akinori Hanamura
Akira Hisamatsu ... Detective Yamada (as Kosuke Hisamatsu)
Takashi Sudo (as Takashi Nomura)
Gen Mihama
Gô Kuroda ... Morikawa Tokio
Densuke Mitsuzawa
Ikuo Nikaido
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)
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Directed by
Seijun Suzuki 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ichirô Ikeda  writer
Haruhiko Ohyabu  novel
Tadaaki Yamazaki  writer

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  (as Karyo Yokoo)
Production Management
Yoshio Muto .... 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 Ohnishi .... 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)

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Suzuki sacrifices none of his artistic flair in the process of crafting a gritty crime noir., 16 May 2008
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

That's what I like so much about Suzuki (and other genre directors from back then). He made genre pictures on studio demand yet sacrificed none of his personal style and artistic aspirations in the process. As a result, Youth of the Beast is as entertaining as it is visually fascinating, the work of a true master craftsman.

Jo Shishido plays Jo, a hard-ass guy that won't take no for an answer who inflitrates the local yakuza mob and quickly gains the trust of the boss and his underlings. But when he plays this and another gang against each other, it becomes apparent he has a hidden agenda and operates for reasons of his own. The story is rock solid with enough twists and turns to keep things interested, a whole assortment of colourful (and sociopathic) characters and plenty of violence and hard-boiled badassitude to boot. OK, the violence is relatively tame by today's stadards, but unlike other yakuza flicks from the 60's and 70's, the main character in Suzuki's pictures is his style.

Vibrant colours from every end of the palette are combined into beautiful frames, with meticulous attention to detail and an eye for composition. Suzuki is good doing black and white but his work operates on a whole other level when he takes on colour. Clearly a challenge for any director that had to make the transition from b/w to colour (as Sidney Lumet details in his book Making Movies), Suzuki here excels in the task. Unusual yet beautiful compositions include the opening scene which is in shot black and white with with the only exception of a flower appearing in colour, until flashy colour and loud swing music boom at the next cut to reveal a busy Japanese street; or the scenes where Jo and the rival gang boss talk to each other while an old b/w Japanese movie plays in the back; the golden clouds of sand that blow outside the boss's house. There are many such examples yet for all its artistic intent, Youth of the Beast never deviates from its goal: to tell a highly entertaining pulpy crime story of revenge. Not as gritty and nihilistic as the works of Kinji Fukasaku and with a dash of film noir, this is a great ride for fans of 60's crime cinema.

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