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Youth of the Beast (The Brute) (Yajū no seishun)

Youth of the Beast (The Brute) (Yajū no seishun) (1963)


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Release Date: Apr 21, 1963 Wide



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Youth of the Beast marked a turning point in director Seijun Suzuki's career. No longer content to just crank out production-line gangster films, here Suzuki starts to assert his own voice. The plot is fairly typical for the genre: chipmunk-cheeked Jo Shishido stars as ex-cop Jo Mizuno, who muscles his way into the shadowy world of the yakuza. He gets hired by the clan that killed his former partner while double-dealing with the clan's rival. Yet the plot contains some particularly Suzuki-like

Jan 11, 2005

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Suzuki can compose a beautiful image, but does so strictly to scald it

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Cool but superficial and disjointed.

January 17, 2005

The best time a person could hope to have in the world of post-war Japanese cinema

January 14, 2005 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Youth of the Beast (The Brute) (Yajū no seishun)

terrific early gangster film from maverick director seijun suzuki just oozes style from every frame. unlike his later more abstract works like branded to kill and tokyo drifter, it has a comprehensible plot to go with his trademark stunning imagery, brilliant color schemes and creative framing. the storyline is classic noir; an ex-cop investigates the death of his partner with a twist around every corner. we've seen it before but never like this! i've been bored with films lately but this was just what the doctor ordered
July 9, 2010
Stella Dallas

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Pretty awesome Japanese 60's pulp noir gangster flick. It's a little hard to follow, but great to look at. Inspired by Yojimbo
July 13, 2009

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a fairly incoherent story and confusing shot sequences along with sub-par acting almost tanked this film for me, but it was balanced by an emphasis on style and plot intrigue. this re-imaging of the yojimbo plotline was a far cry from the original, and despite being taken from yojimbo it actually reminded me more of scorsese's "mean streets" as a heralded film that fell empty for me. an average film, but if youre a fan of suzuki there is no reason to avoid it.
July 10, 2009
danny d

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Even tho the story is somewhat of a poor man's Yojimbo, it was highly entertaining. What was to become Suzuki's tradmarked style begins to take root in this early film. Fun soundtrack, cool characters and even better camerawork make this one of my new favorites.
March 23, 2008
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