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Crazed Fruit (1956)
"Kurutta kajitsu" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  12 July 1956 (Japan)
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Spending their summer on an exotic beach, two brothers fall for the same beautiful girl, whose charm and looks may hide more than they they bargained for.

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Credited cast:
Masahiko Tsugawa ...
Takishima Haruji
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Takishima Natsuhisa
Mie Kitahara ...
Eri
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Atsuko Akashi
Yôko Benisawa ...
Kamakura Housekeeper
Harold Conway ...
Eri's husband
Ayuko Fujishiro ...
Mother
Taizô Fukami ...
Father
Keiko Hara
Shigeo Hayashi
Eiko Higashitani ...
Michiko
Shintarô Ishihara
Yoshihisa Kamo
Yoshirô Katô
Bonjin Kawaguchi
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Bored rich kids. Natsuhisa, 20, constantly teases his brother Haruji, 16, about girls. They arrive by train for a summer at the beach; at the station, Haruji spots a young woman and can think of nothing else for the next few days. When they cross paths again - she's Eri - Haru invites her to a party at the house of a friend whose parents are divorced. They start a slow courtship. Then, Natsuhisa discovers Eri's secret; instead of it ending everything, Natsuhisa initiates a triangle by seeking the favors of his younger brother's girl. Haru is unaware of this betrayal. What will happen when he finds out? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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François Truffaut was so taken with the film that he recommended it to the Cinematheque; this was the first Japanese film awarded that honor. See more »

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Haruji is loading groceries into a car outside a small grocery stall. Eri rides up on her bike and starts talking to him. Right behind Haruji can be seen a wall clock, the hands of which indicate a time of 4:35. The camera switches to Eri's face for a few seconds, then back to Haru, but now the clock indicates a time of 4:29. See more »

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Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
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Music by Juventino Rosas
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Japanese version of the Beatniks
13 September 2005 | by (Hell's Kitchen, NYC) – See all my reviews

I was curious about this movie when I first heard about it, but I was not sure what to expect. Thankfully this movie is a bag of chips, with dip and beer.

The movie revolves around the exploits of well to do Japanese teenagers (possibly early 20's), in post WWII Japan. We mostly follow around two brothers, Natsuhisa and Haruji. They go off to the coast where they hang out with friends, water ski, swim, sail, drink, smoke, go clubbing, get into fights and play a game where they try to pick up as many women as possible. They don't have any responsibility and mostly just lie around, complaining about how there's nothing interesting to do. Just like in the Beatniks they are out looking for thrills.

The conflict in the movie arises from Haruji (the younger brother). Out of the group, Haruji is the youngest and most naive. He meets a beautiful girl, Eri and brings her to one of their parties. She catches the eye of Haruji's older and more "experienced" brother, Natsuhisa. Thus the triangular conflict is set and ready to go.

The movie is quite graphic, considering this movie was made in 1956. In the same way the Beatniks (and other similar period movies) depicted disenchanted and "sinful" teenagers in the US, Crazed Fruit does the same for Japan.

The final scene of the movie is a classic, worthwhile and carnal. I highly recommend this movie.

-Celluloid Rehab


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