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Naked Youth (1960)

Seishun zankoku monogatari (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 9 July 1961 (USA)
A harsh young man seduces a freeloading young woman and eventually takes advantage of her knack for hitch-hiking to rob middle-class men.

Director:

Nagisa Ôshima

Writer:

Nagisa Ôshima (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Miyuki Kuwano ... Makoto
Yûsuke Kawazu ... Kiyoshi
Yoshiko Kuga ... Yuki, Makoto's elder
Fumio Watanabe ... Akimoto, the doctor
Shinji Tanaka Shinji Tanaka ... Yoshimi Ito, student
Shinjiro Matsuzaki Shinjiro Matsuzaki ... Terada
Toshiko Kobayashi Toshiko Kobayashi ... Teruko
Jun Hamamura ... Masahiro, Makoto's
Shinko Ujiie Shinko Ujiie ... Masae Sakaguchi
Aki Morishima Aki Morishima ... Yoko Ishikawa
Yuki Tominaga Yuki Tominaga ... Toshiko Nishioka
Kei Satô ... Akira Matsuko
Hiroshi Nihon'yanagi ... Keizo Horio
Asao Sano Asao Sano ... Inspector
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yôko Aoba Yôko Aoba
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Storyline

Kiyoshi is a brooding young man who treats women solely as objects. Makoto is a young woman who is just reaching her sexual awakening. She and her friends accept car rides from middle aged men, although they state it is nothing more than fun with no intention of leading those men on. Kiyoshi and Makoto meet when he saves her from one of those middle aged men who tries to take advantage of her. Despite treating each other abusively, they start a relationship with each other which leads to what they call love, but feels more like an emotional dependence on each other to rebel against traditional society. Each with no money, they start to extort money from these middle aged men who she leads on. This act is only one demonstration of the only power they feel they have, namely sex, which they use against others as well as against each other in their doomed relationship. Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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The adult subject matter was too much for the BBFC who rejected the film for a UK cinema certificate in 1960. It was finally passed uncut with a 15 certificate in 2008. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Man Who Left His Soul on Film (1984) See more »

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A film about adolescent sexuality years before its time
12 February 2004 | by craigwillSee all my reviews

Oshima's film about adolescents in Tokyo was made in 1960 and is extraordinarly prescient: the picture he portrays of teenagers is far in advance of Swinging London and the Summer of Love in San Francisco. His teenage protagonists not only have sex together, but are involved in a sex-crime scam where the girl acts as a decoy for middle aged men to be blackmailed for trying to solicit her sexual services. The treatment of adolescent sexuality is far ahead of its time:Oshima gives us an accurate picture of teenage sexual activity that was unthinkable at the time. Brilliantly shot in cinemascope and exquisitely lit, the film is visually arresting. The sequence where the male lead eats an apple over his sleeping girlfriend's sleeping body is one of many highlights. A little known masterpiece by one of the masters of twentieth century Japanese cinema.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

9 July 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Story of the Cruelties of Youth See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,496
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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