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Crazed Fruit (1956)

Kurutta kajitsu (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 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.

Director:

Kô Nakahira

Writers:

Shintarô Ishihara (novel), Shintarô Ishihara (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yûjirô Ishihara ... Takishima Natsuhisa
Masahiko Tsugawa Masahiko Tsugawa ... Takishima Haruji
Mie Kitahara Mie Kitahara ... Eri
Shinsuke Ashida Shinsuke Ashida
Shintarô Ishihara Shintarô Ishihara
Harold Conway Harold Conway ... Eri's husband
Eiko Higashitani Eiko Higashitani ... Michiko
Ayuko Fujishiro Ayuko Fujishiro ... Mother
Taizô Fukami Taizô Fukami ... Father
Noriko Watari Noriko Watari ... Eri's Friend
Yôko Takeuchi Yôko Takeuchi ... Kamakura's Tenant
Yôko Benisawa Yôko Benisawa ... Kamakura Housekeeper
Hiroshi Kondô Hiroshi Kondô ... Harbormaster
Zenji Yamada Zenji Yamada ... Fisherman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Atsuko Akashi Atsuko Akashi
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Storyline

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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boy | girl | brother | beach | water skiing | See All (74) »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

12 July 1956 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Pasiones juveniles See more »

Filming Locations:

Hayama, Kanagawa, Japan

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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

In the close up shot of Haruji and Eri driving in Frank's car, the direction Haruji turns the steering wheel does not match the direction the car is moving as shown by the background. See more »

Quotes

Takishima Natsuhisa: Shall we head home? Today was a bust. That's what I get for coming with you.
Takishima Haruji: Except that girl at the station. You got a glimpse, right?
Takishima Natsuhisa: Still going on about her? She's just a kid. Perfect for you.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

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 cnamedSee 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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