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Youth of the Beast (1963)

Yajû no seishun (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Mystery | 21 April 1963 (Japan)
A violent thug plays opposing yakuza bosses against each other.

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Seijun Suzuki
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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
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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>

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Action | Crime | Mystery

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Country:

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 April 1963 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Youth of the Beast See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This is is the first of Suzuki's films to be shot in black and white in the opening and then in color for the rest of the movie. He would do this again in Tokyo Drifter (1966). See more »

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Vibrant, colorful, Yakuza flick par excellance.
1 September 2005 | by Ham_and_EggerSee all my reviews

This is one of the Yakuza movies made during the height of Seijun Suzuki's run at Nikkatsu Studios. It's not as abstract as the later stuff but it's just as brilliant. It can't be stressed enough that though he made "entertainment films" he did it with a vengeance. I've seen four of his films so far, ranging from 1958 to 1967, and they're all strikingly original. From this period 'Tokyo Drifter' seems to get more press than 'Youth of the Beast' (both star Jo Shisido) but I'll take this one. The colors and the composition of the wide-screen images draw you in, while the violence and the narrative jags keep you guessing. Highly recommended both for both its artistry and its energy, if you like gangster movies here's one for you.

The plot revolves around Jo, a tough ex-con with a mysterious past who shows up and deftly goes to work for rival Yakuza bosses. He immediately pits them against each other and starts raking in as much money as he can. However, it soon becomes clear that he has ulterior motives involving a string of call-girls operated by one of the bosses. Literally no one is safe when he starts clawing his way toward the center of the web.


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