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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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Cast

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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
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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 Onishi .... gaffer
 

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Also Known As:
"Yajû no seishun" - Japan (original title)
"The Brute" - USA
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92 min
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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2 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Youth of the Beast, 15 September 2006
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

Youth of the Beast is pretty much acclaimed, but I just can't appreciate it very much, partly because it's quite a dated film - the 60s, and the execution reminded me of the old 60s Batman and the Green Hornet series, in its noir crime storyline as well as the use of the ol' fisticuffs to settle scores. Not that I didn't enjoy it though, but my smile stemmed more from the cheesiness.

Of course when watching a film from the past, you got to approach it in the context when it was shown in. And it pretty much gave you a glimpse at old Japan, with its production sets, costumes, and acting style - which is exaggerated. Special effects and stunts were quite low key (probably groundbreaking for the era), with some shots suffering from sudden jump cuts, and looking raw. Certain stunts were found to be wanting, but again, for that era, it's adequately executed, though by today's standards, audiences would be more unforgiving.

The violence too didn't let up, and for a Yakuza movie, violence is part and parcel to their lifestyle. There are a number of innovative techniques used, such as the flame from an aerosol can, and the insertion of a blade underneath the fingernail as a torture method to inflict pain. I was surprised too at the raw scratching off upholstery from a sofa set, which seemed quite realistically painful for the actress to perform.

Director Seijun Suzuki actually helmed the movie Yumeji (1991), from which the theme song is used in Wong Kar Wai's In the Mood for Love. Here, he crafts the movie from a novel by Haruhiko Oyabu, which could have served as inspiration for Lucky Number Slevin in its playing off mob bosses. Here, Jo Mizuno (Joe Shishido) infiltrates and joins a gang by forcing his way through to the top, beating up everyone and anyone who dare stands in his way.

Impressed, he's given a stint with the gang, and slowly, a mystery begins to unravel as to his motivations and objectives to doing what he does. It plays out rather straightforward, and you would have guessed his intentions pretty earlier on in the movie, but what impressed is how simple it is to style a movie in this manner back in the 60s. Taking seemingly simple everyday locations like nightclubs and cinemas and having shady dealings taking place under a legitimate business front, does seem rather suggestive of how gangsters operate at the time.

I'd pretty much recommend this to those who have high cheese tolerance, or fans of the swinging 60s era movies. Nothing much really to shout about.

The Criterion DVD comes with an essay insert, the theatrical trailer (60s trailers all have those sensational big words covering 90% of the screen, very nostalgic), a 4"48' interview with director Seijun Suzuki, and a 7"56' interview with actor Joe Shishido. For a Criteriod DVD, it's pretty much barebones by standards.

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