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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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Superior example of 1960's crime cinema! 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
Kôichi Uenoyama
Akiji Kobayashi ... Nomoto Tatsuo
Yûzô 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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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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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Superior example of 1960's crime cinema!, 15 April 2000
Author: shishido from Stillwater, OK (USA)

"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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