Special Series

Juvenile Jungle


Directed by: Ko Nakahira
1956 / 86 minutes / Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult

Based on the novel "Crazed Fruit" by Shintaro Ishihara

Screened as part of JFF Classics 2018.

Brothers Haru and Natsu are spending yet another summer in their family villa by the sea. Their endless days are filled with gambling, swimming and drinking with their college buddies. Things take a sudden, eventful turn when they meet and fall for the same woman, the beautiful Eri. But Eri isn’t like any other teenager looking for a summer fling. Little do they know that their love triangle is about to get more complicated.

Juvenile Jungle, or Crazed Fruit, was written by novelist-turned-politician Shintaro Ishihara. It portrayed the sexual revolution of Japan’s disillusioned and privileged postwar youth, often referred to as the taiyozoku or sun tribe generation. Through Ishihara, the restless and rebellious taiyozoku generation found their voice represented in popular literature for the first time.

Ko Nakahira’s silver screen adaptation of Juvenile Jungle became a cultural phenomenon soon after its—it inspired a new genre in Japanese cinema portraying rebellious teens. It also propelled Masahiko Tsugawa and Yujiro Ishihira, then aged 16 and 22 respectively, to stardom.

Actor Masahiko Tsugawa passed away on 4 August 2018 at the age of 78. Vale Masahiko Tsugawa.

FREE JFF Classics Film

Advanced booking is not available for the Art Gallery of NSW screenings. Tickets are handed out at the Domain Theatre, 1 hour prior to the screening.
Audience warning: Contains moderate themes and sexual content.

Sunday 28th October

Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

Wednesday 28th November

ACMI, Melbourne

Screens in: Sydney and Melbourne

Director: Ko Nakahira

Original story: Shintaro Ishihara

Screenplay: Shintaro Ishihara

Producer: Takiko Mizunoe

Music: Toru Takemitsu and Masaru Sato

Cast: Yujiro Ishihara, Masahiko Tsugawa, Mie Kitahara and Masumi Okada

Genre: Special Series

Format: 35mm b&w