Kawaita mizuumi (Dry Lake)(Youth in Fury) (1960)





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In this Japanese drama, Mikami, a radical student, idolizes several of Western civilization's most nefarious modern dictators including, Hitler, Trotsky, and Castro, and aspires to be like them. But as the long, complex story of his life unfolds, his illusions and ideals are slowly stripped away and he is left with nothing. The story begins at the end of the summer when he and his girl friend are invited to stay at the posh coastal estate of a wealthy friend for some sailing and a party. During the festivities, one of the guests learns that her father committed suicide after being caught in a business scandal with political implications. Later, Mikami and another, Ito, go to a bar and begin discussing politics. Mikami announces that he would like to murder the wealthy classes and take over in their place. He then suggests that Ito pay a college girl money to sleep with him. The female bartender lets Mikami know that she is already the mistress of his friend, Ito. The radical tries to help another friend get a job. This fails, and Mikami finds himself attracted to the young woman whose father killed himself. The scandal has devastated the girl who blames the family of her host for the trouble. To help her get revenge, Mikami has a friend attack the girl's sister's fiancé. Near the end, Mikami becomes so extreme that his own political group tosses him out. He is distraught and begins drinking heavily at parties hosted by his wealthy friends. Meanwhile protests between US and Japanese security treaties increase. Mikami decides that demonstrations are not strong enough and so begins making dynamite. He then spurns his pregnant girl friend. Just as he leaves his apartment with his explosives, the police close in and arrest him. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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Shima Iwashita
as Yoko Katsura
Shin-Ichiro Mikami
as Takuya Shimojo
Yuki Tominaga
as Sakiko Ota
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