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23 February 1967 (Japan) See more »
Four high school students preparing for their university entrance exam fantasize about a classmate, and meet up with thier inebriated teacher, while singing bawdy drinking songs. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Ichirô Araki ... Toyoaki Nakamura
Kazuko Tajima ... Mayuko Fujiwara
Jûzô Itami ... Ôtake (as Ichizô Itami)
Akiko Koyama ... Takako Tanigawa
Koji Iwabuchi ... Hideo Uede (as Kôji Iwabuchi)
Kazuyoshi Kushida ... Katsumi Hiroi (as Kazumi Kushida)
Hiroshi Satô ... Kôji Maruyama
Nobuko Miyamoto ... Sanae Satomi
Hiroko Masuda ... Satoko Ikeda
Hideko Yoshida ... Sachiko Kaneda

Directed by
Nagisa Ôshima 
Writing credits
Tomomichi Soeda (essay)

Tsutomu Tamura (screenplay) &
Mamoru Sasaki (screenplay) &
Toshio Tajima (screenplay) &
Nagisa Ôshima (screenplay)

Produced by
Masayuki Nakajima .... producer
Original Music by
Hikaru Hayashi 
Cinematography by
Akira Takada 
Film Editing by
Keiichi Uraoka 
Set Decoration by
Jusho Toda 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Osamu Yasui .... assistant director
Sound Department
Hideo Nishizaki .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Yasuhiro Yoshioka .... still photographer
Other crew
Takuji Yamaguchi .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Nihon shunka-kô" - Japan (original title)
"A Treatise on Japanese Bawdy Songs" - International (English title)
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103 min
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Youth Is Wasted On The Young, 29 November 2008
Author: crossbow0106 from United States

This movie is about four male high school students who took their university entrance exams and are just hanging around mostly. They have a connection with their teacher Mr. Otake and they go out drinking with him and 3 female classmates. Mr. Otake starts singing a bawdy Japanese folk song, a song sung throughout the film by the male characters. One night after heavy drinking, Otake pays for the girls and guys to stay at an inn since the trains have stopped running. Otake puts on the gas stove, falls drunkenly asleep and accidentally kills himself by poisoning. The girls are inconsolable, the guys nonchalant. The guys become obsessed with a fellow classmate, mostly known by her seat number 469. The film goes from there, with meeting her, meeting Otake's mistress and singing the song. This take on disenfranchised youth in Tokyo is very effective. Director Oshima Nagisa is well known for pushing the envelope (he directed the notorious "In The Realm Of The Senses")and this character study is interesting, with good young actors in the pivotal roles. The movie title notwithstanding, this is not a pornographic film, it has very little nudity and very little violence. Its just a story of attitude, indifference and, if not fear, wariness of what lies ahead. I liked the pacing in this film and generally feel you'll like it if you like Japanese drama. Not perfect, but an interesting film from a maverick director who has no problem making you think.

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