Youth of the Beast (The Brute) (Yajû no seishun) (1963)
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Critic Reviews for Youth of the Beast (The Brute) (Yajû no seishun)
Colour takes precedence over coherence, and madcap humour and tangents intrude on a stock narrative the director palpably doesn't care that much about.
Audience Reviews for Youth of the Beast (The Brute) (Yajû 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
Pretty awesome Japanese 60's pulp noir gangster flick. It's a little hard to follow, but great to look at.
Inspired by Yojimbo
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.
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