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Crazed Fruit (1956)

Kurutta kajitsu (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 12 July 1956 (Japan)
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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Cast

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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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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Referenced in 100 Years of Japanese Cinema (1995) See more »

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Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
(uncredited)
Music by Juventino Rosas
Played during the amusement park sequence
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Crazed Fruit
26 August 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Ko Nakahira's Crazed Fruit is, to put it mildly, an immensely welcome addition to the Criterion roster. It is uniquely modernist, impressionistically rendered, sensual in its physicality, and absolutely unlike anything to precede it in Japanese cinema. To put it bluntly, Ko's film is as significant a break from aesthetic (and moral) traditions as Godard's Breathless would prove to be two years later. The story – nominally an attempt to cash in on the "sun tribe" fashion, whereby children of the wealthy would wile away their summers sun bathing and boating (an unthinkable luxury before the 1950s) – follows the travails of two selfish and licentious brothers whose love of the same girl yields to hyperbolic tragedy of epic proportions. Whether the ending is meant as a conservative suggestion of the moral repercussions precipitated by the making idle of one's hands, or something more bleakly Sartrean, is up to interpretation. What is clear is that none who see it shall ever forget. An epochal masterpiece, based on a book by the current mayor of Tokyo!


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