Naked Youth (Seishun zankoku monogatari) (A Story of the Cruelties of Youth) (1960)
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Naked Youth (Seishun zankoku monogatari) (A Story of the Cruelties of Youth) Photos
as Yuki Makoto's elder
as Kiyoshi Fujii
as Mako Shinjo
as Yoshimi Ito student
as Teruko Shimonishi
as Masahiro Shinjo
as Masae Sakaguchi
as Yoko Ishikawa
as Toshiko Nishioka
as Akira Matsuko
Critic Reviews for Naked Youth (Seishun zankoku monogatari) (A Story of the Cruelties of Youth)
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A cynical tale of wayward youth presented with a suitable degree of directorial maturity.
Audience Reviews for Naked Youth (Seishun zankoku monogatari) (A Story of the Cruelties of Youth)
[font=Century Gothic]"Cruel Story of Youth" starts innocently enough with Mako(Miyuki Kuwano) trying to secure a ride home. However, things go badly when the driver, a middle-aged man, takes her instead to a hotel and attempts to molest her. Luckily, Kiyoshi(Yusuke Kawazu) comes to her rescue and even takes some of the attacker's money for his trouble. The next day with some of that ill-earned money, they rent a motorboat, followed by sex(which I'm assuming is consensual). They fall in love but have no money to support themselves. So they hatch a plan to extort money from other middle-aged men...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Written and directed by Nagisa Oshima, "Cruel Story of Youth" is a deeply cynical movie that denigrates the youth of Japan at the time the movie was made. By showing footage from a demonstration in South Korea and comparing it to a less impressive one in Tokyo, Oshima is meant to be showing how apathetic this generation is about the country they live in.(Mind my ignorance but what exactly were the issues of the time?) It is their parents' generation who beat themselves up for not changing anything for their offspring who are just happy to hang out and have sex.[/font]
This is kind of unique perspective, an early cinematic look at the lives of Japanese young people in 1960. Clearly this is a new era, less than a decade earlier we had Seven Samurai, now this "Rebel Without A Cause" cousin is made and really doesn't shy away from anything. I liked all the bright colors of the streets and the costumes, but I didn't really empathize with any of the characters, even in the end. The girl Makoto is just dumb. Kiyoshi is more dynamic, I liked him. But the entire movie Makoto gets assaulted and yet doesn't seem to mind. I guess I was more interested in the scenery and time period. The scene where Kiyoshi eats the apple in the abortion clinic is a weirdly biblical allusion--they give in to lust just to try to rebel against society. Some cool jazz music, though. Oddly (or not) American.
A nihilistic story of two amoral and rootless youths struggling with their aimless lives as well as cultural alienation. Their reckless abandon is contrasted with the failed idealism of an older generation disillusioned by their country's failures.