7.6/10
2,569
18 user 43 critic

Youth of the Beast (1963)

Yajû no seishun (original title)
A violent thug plays opposing yakuza bosses against each other.

Director:

Seijun Suzuki
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Police detective Tajima, tasked with tracking down stolen firearms, turns an underworld grudge into a blood-bath. Suzuki transforms a colorful pot-boiler into an on-target send-up of cultural colonialism and post-war greed.

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Jô Shishido, Tamio Kawaji, Reiko Sassamori
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

During the 1930s, a teenager yearns for a Catholic girl, whose only desire is to reform his sinful tendencies. Hormones raging, the young man channels his unsatisfied lust into the only outlet available: savage, crazed violence.

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Hideki Takahashi, Junko Asano, Yûsuke Kawazu
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A prison truck is assaulted and the two convicts inside are murdered. The prison guard on duty gets suspended for negligence and takes it upon himself to track down the killers.

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Michitarô Mizushima, Misako Watanabe, Shôichi Ozawa
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After a badly done assignment, a hitman finds himself in conflict with his organisation, and one mysterious and dangerous fellow-hitman in particular.

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Jô Shishido, Mariko Ogawa, Annu Mari
Tokyo Drifter (1966)
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After his gang disbands, a yakuza enforcer looks forward to life outside of organized crime but soon must become a drifter after his old rivals attempt to assassinate him.

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Tetsuya Watari, Chieko Matsubara, Hideaki Nitani
Gate of Flesh (1964)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An injured thief on the run finds sanctuary within a brothel of united, ruthless women.

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Jô Shishido, Kôji Wada, Yumiko Nogawa
Tattooed Life (1965)
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After his own gang sets him up to kill a rival mobster, a hit man is forced to flee with his younger brother.

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Hideki Takahashi, Masako Izumi, Hiroko Itô
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In WW2 Manchuria, a prostitute grows to resent an abusive adjutant and falls in love with his aide.

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Tamio Kawaji, Yumiko Nogawa, Isao Tamagawa
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A surreal period film following an university professor and his eerie nomad friend as they go through loose romantic triangles and face death in peculiar ways.

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Yoshio Harada, Naoko Ôtani, Kisako Makishi
Crime | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The No. 3 assassin of Japan is given the chance to usurp No. 1 and take their place.

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Makiko Esumi, Sayoko Yamaguchi, Hanae Kan
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A hit man is hired to kill a mob boss. After the deed is done, he and his driver are wanted dead by rival gangs who joined forces.

Director: Takashi Nomura
Stars: Jô Shishido, Jerry Fujio, Chitose Kobayashi
Kagero-za (1981)
Fantasy | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A 1920s playwright meets a beautiful woman who may be the ghost of his patron's deceased wife.

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Yûsaku Matsuda, Michiyo Yasuda, Mariko Kaga
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jô Shishido ... Jôji 'Jo' Mizuno (as Joe Shishido)
Misako Watanabe Misako Watanabe ... Kumiko Takeshita
Tamio Kawaji Tamio Kawaji ... Hideo Nomoto (as Tamio Kawachi)
Minako Katsuki Minako Katsuki ... Sawako Miura
Daisaburô Hirata Daisaburô Hirata ... Shibata
Eiji Gô Eiji Gô ... Shigeru Takechi
Kôichi Uenoyama Kôichi Uenoyama ... Masao Hisano
Akiji Kobayashi ... Tatsuo Nomoto
Yûzô Kiura Yûzô Kiura ... Takeo Minegishi
Naomi Hoshi Naomi Hoshi ... Keiko
Hiroshi Kôno Hiroshi Kôno ... Seizô Honma
Eimei Esumi Eimei Esumi ... Gorô Minami
Shuntarô Tamamura Shuntarô Tamamura ... Shôichi Maeda
Mizuho Suzuki Mizuho Suzuki ... Detective Hirokawa
Zenji Yamada Zenji Yamada ... Fujita
Edit

Storyline

Joe Shishido plays a tough guy with a secret agenda. His violent behavior comes to the attention of a yakuza boss who immediately recruits him. He soon tries to make a deal with a rival gang a starts a gang war. His real motivations are gradually revealed as we find out how this all ties in with the murder of a policeman shown at the beginning of the film. Written by Fred Cabral <ftcabral@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 April 1963 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Brute See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The mixture of pop-art, jazz, and colorful pent-up suits as seen in this movie are what inspired the animation direction of Lupin the Third. See more »

Connections

References Ame no naka ni kiete (1963) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Superior example of 1960's crime cinema!
15 April 2000 | by shishidoSee all my reviews

"Yaju no Seishun" ("Youth of the Beast") is, without doubt, one of the greatest Japanese films of the 1960's. It is also, arguably, the best film from the amazing director, Suzuki Seijun. This was Suzuki-sensei's "breakthrough" film; in as much as it was the first film where he truly let his flamboyant, dizzying, artistic sense come forward. Full of intense, innovative, eye-popping visuals, the film never loses its solid narrative flow; thanks, in part, to a great script based on the novel by Hard-Boiled master, Oyabu Haruhiko. What more could one ask for? A great story, brilliant direction, and outstanding performances (especially by Shishido Jo). This is a superior example of the Japanese thriller--and, for that matter, crime cinema of the 1960's in general!


22 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 18 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed