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Youth of the Beast

野獣の青春

Directed by: Suzuki Seijun

Year: 1963

Length: 91 minutes

Classification rating: Recommended for ages 18+

Screens in: Sydney

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A gangster film that pushes the boundaries wide open with a swift pace and gripping action

With the police chief’s recent murder, no-one is to be trusted. New mobster in town Jo Mizuno plays out ambivalent dealings with the police, while doublecrossing opposing gangs, leaving viewers wondering if he’s an undercover cop or motivated by yakuza plunders. Watchable, stylish and highly entertaining, Youth of the Beast signals a defining moment in Seijun Suzuki’s long line-up of B-movies, with edgy voyeuristic camera angles and intelligent themes that push the boundaries of the genre.

連れ込み宿で男と女が死んでいた。男は竹下公一、現職の刑事だった。数日後、盛り場のチンピラたちをやっつけてまわるカッコいい風来坊が現われた。たちまちジョーというその男は野本組の用心棒におさまりのし歩いたから、野本組と睨み合っている三光組の小野寺や武智をひどく刺激した。野本組には麻薬につながるコールガールの大がかりな組織があり、それを操る謎の支配者がいるらしい。竹下の四十九日の法事の日ジョーが未亡人の…

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Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

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Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

Director: Suzuki Seijun

Original Story: Oyabu Haruhiko

Screenplay: Ikeda Ichiro and Yamazaki Tadaaki

Cast: Shishido Jo, Kijima Ichiro, Watanabe Misako and Suzuki Mizuho

Genre: Classics

Format: 35mm colour