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Kurutta Kajitsu (crazed Fruit) (1956)




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In this powerful drama with comic undertones from Japan, a lazy summer by the beach develops a sinister undercurrent when two brothers' (Masahiko Tsugawa and Yujiro Ishihara) hedonistic pursuits of alcohol and gambling are interrupted by the arrival of a beautiful young woman, Eri (Mie Kitahara). The younger brother quickly becomes infatuated with the girl, but the older brother also develops an attraction to her, and becomes determined to take her away -- even after learning she's already married. Controversial upon initial release for its portrayal of delinquent Japanese youth, Kurutta Kajitsu (also known as Crazed Fruit and Juvenile Jungle) has since been acknowledged as a trailblazing work in the Japanese "taiyozoku" (sun tribe) subgenre; it was the first feature for celebrated filmmaker Ko Nakahira. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Harold Conway
as Eri's husband
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Critic Reviews for Kurutta Kajitsu (crazed Fruit)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

The deep hurt and despair of the climactic passage, set against a milieu of unrelenting leisure, sun, and affluence, is still stunning.

March 5, 2013 | Full Review…

A delicious treat.

April 1, 2011 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Crazed Fruit was like nothing anyone in Japan had seen before, at least from one their own. If the film doesn't seem quite so groundbreaking today, it is only because its style and themes have been driven into the ground by countless others.

August 7, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Captures a mood convincingly -- and, in cinematic terms, appropriately -- and it plugged into a cultural zeitgeist that bore it up and away.

July 25, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5

Without a doubt, Crazed Fruit is a lost masterpiece of early Japanese filmmaking.

July 7, 2005 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A troubled-youth movie that doesn't waste too much time trying to shock.

June 20, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kurutta Kajitsu (crazed Fruit)


[font=Century Gothic]"Crazed Fruit" starts with brothers Natsuhisa(Yujiro Ishihara) and Haruji(Masahiko Tsugawa) going to the beach for a day of water skiing, followed by hanging out at their friend Frank's(Masumi Okada) place. The gathering consists entirely of young men with the exception of Michiko(Eiko Higashitani) who Frank brought along. Bored, they invent a game of women poker with each men being tasked to bring three women to a party that night. Haruji trumps all of them by bringing Eri(Mie Kitahara), even outdoing his older brother.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Crazed Fruit" is a subtly potent take on loyalty and the youth culture backed by a vibrant jazz score. During the summer, the characters relax and party without their parents to guide them. Left to their own devices, they stumble into adulthood, making mistakes as they go. At the same time, their view of women change from flirtation to love.[/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer


This Film is from The Criterion Collection. Black & White, Its about a young shy basically Virgin Teen who meets and falls head over heels for a 20 year old girl who is married and also having sex with his older brother, Dam older brothers, mine did the same to me. Anyway shows in the end its not nice to screw over little brother. I enjoy most films from the Criterion Collection, but this one just didn't hit the spot, but filming was good.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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