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Seishun zankoku monogatari ()


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A harsh young man seduces a freeloading young woman and eventually takes advantage of her knack for hitch-hiking to rob middle-class men.

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Makoto
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Kiyoshi
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Yuki, Makoto's elder
Fumio Watanabe ...
Akimoto, the doctor
Shinji Tanaka ...
Yoshimi Ito, student
Yosuke Hayashi
Shinjiro Matsuzaki ...
Terada
Toshiko Kobayashi ...
Teruko
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Keizo Horio
Kyû Sazanka
Shin Morikawa
Shinko Ujiie ...
Masae Sakaguchi
Jun Hamamura ...
Masahiro, Makoto's
Tamotsu Tamura
Yuki Tominaga ...
Toshiko Nishioka
Aki Morishima ...
Yoko Ishikawa
Keiko Hori
Yôko Aoba
Yûko Tawarada
Kei Satô ...
Akira Matsuko
Shunji Kasuga
Nobuya Mishima
Hideo Kidokoro
Asao Sano ...
Inspector
Masayoshi Miyasaka

Directed by

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Nagisa Ôshima

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Nagisa Ôshima ... ()

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Tomio Ikeda ... producer

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Riichirô Manabe

Cinematography by

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Takashi Kawamata

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Keiichi Uraoka

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Sahei Sakamaki ... colorist

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Hisashi Hosono
Hideo Mori
Kôji Uno

Set Decoration by

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Seiji Ishikawa

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Taizô Saitô

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Hitoshi Numao ... production supervisor

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Toshirô Ishidô ... assistant director

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Kintarô Yamamoto ... set designer

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Shûzô Horikawa ... sound mixer
Shinichi Kishimoto ... sound recordist
Shûjûrô Kurita ... sound

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Isamu Satô ... gaffer
Toshifumi Takahashi ... lighting technician

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Cruel Story of Youth (World-wide, English title)
  • Naked Youth (United Kingdom)
  • Contes cruels de la jeunesse (France)
  • Historias crueles de juventud (Spain)
  • Kegyetlen történet az ifjúságról (Hungary)
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  • 96 min
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Trivia 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in 100 Years of Japanese Cinema (1995). See more »

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