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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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Masahiko Tsugawa ...
Takishima Haruji
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Takishima Natsuhisa
Mie Kitahara ...
Eri
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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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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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Two brothers, Masahiko Tsugara and Yujiro Ishihara, fall for the same married woman, Mie Kitihara
19 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The title "Crazed Fruit" makes us wonder what this story is about, but beneath the credits we get a strong intimation. It is night and the sea water shimmers in moonlight. We see in the distance a speedboat heading our way. Masterfully, we see the wake of the boat from inside and then a silhouette. Finally light flickers on the face of a young man, played by Masahiko Tsugara, steering the boat. He wears a casual shirt but his manner is serious. The boat comes closer and closer and so does his face and then his eyes, and we see that he is crazed with a deep, deep emotion. Something has happened, something he has done or seen, something he has experienced. What is it? The story then basically unfolds as one long flashback. It cuts to an earlier and happier time in bright sunshine at a railway station, introducing the naive and inexperienced Tsugara and his older brother, the more confident and experienced Yujiro Ishihara, running for a train. Tsugara spots the beautiful Mie Kitihara, who is to become the object, the half-crazed love object, of both brothers. Unknown at first to both, she is married to a much older American who is away much of the time.

The story carefully delineates their summer lives of leisure with their friends, swimming, boating, dancing, drinking, partying, shooting the breeze, looking for pickups at clubs, playing cards and hanging out. It is a portrait of restless youth, looking for their own way and ways, trying not to conform, trying to act sophisticated and cool, while still anchored in the age-old human emotions and needs. The directing and acting bring the story to life smoothly and realistically, engaging our interest and sympathy.

Gradually a noir tragic situation builds up. The twenty-ish Tsugara is smitten with Kitihara and she sees in him something she missed as a teen before marrying, her innocence and pure love without motives of security or wealth. They gradually enter into an affair, but Ishihara has discovered her marriage and sees this as justification, because of her other affairs, to have a fling of his own. He becomes seriously infatuated with her, really a crazed and mad love, and cannot leave her alone. He must have her, and if he is now a rival to Tsugara, that takes precedence in his mind over being his brother. Kitihara is not a conventional femme fatale. She's not evil and not intentionally causing trouble or sex-starved. In addition to her needs, she simply is overwhelmed by the aggressive and sexually-satisfying Ishihara. The only voice of conscience or restraint in all of this is a friend of the brothers, Masumi Okada, but his influence is nil.

"Crazed Fruit" is a noir story, but it doesn't use much conventional noir lighting. Early on, lighter scenes of the youthful activities predominate. Later, the scenes grow darker and so does the lighting. Romantic scenes between Tsugara and Kitihara move from bright sun initially to night later on. Kitihara and Ishihara come together at night clubs, furtively, and at night in her big house when her husband is away. The final sequences on the water go from day into night and then culminate in daylight. Everything that had been hidden between the ill-fated love triangle comes out into the open, but light cannot banish the tragedy. The story itself doesn't deal in conventional noir elements of gunplay, criminals, police, and theft. The focus is both youth and family relationships under great strain.

Shintaro Ishihara, the older brother of Yujiro, wrote the story. Four years later, Yujiro and Mie married, becoming the Bogart-Bacall of their time and making two dozen pictures together. The cinematographer, Shigeyoshi Mine, went on to work with Seijun Suzuki. Director Ko Nakahira went on to much more work, but it's not available on DVD for English-speaking audiences.


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