Tokyo Stories: Youth of the Beast (1963)

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Working under the yoke of the Japanese studio system that pressured directors to produce up to six movies a year, Seijun Suzuki defined his oeuvre by stylizing his films with bright colors, groovy scores and hard-nosed gangster persona’s. With Youth of the Beast Suzuki defined his visual style that made him famous with later films like Tokyo Drifter and Branded to Kill and tells the violent story of a disgraced ex-cop that plays two yakuza factions to solve a friend’s murder. Suzuki defined ‘cool’ with his artful gangster B-movies that are often more than the sum of their parts. Presented in a digital restoration in Japanese with English subtitles.

Regie: Seijun Suzuki

Cast: Jô Shishido, Misako Watanabe, Tamio Kawaji


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Land: Japan

Speelduur: 92 minuten

Ondertiteling: English


Introducing colorful visuals and a surreal style, Youth of the Beast is a yakuza film set in Tokyo’s underworld. Thug guy Joe Shishido’s violent behaviour catches the eye of a yakuza boss who immediately decides to recruit him. When Joe closes a deal with a rival yakuza gang, his underlying motives slowly become clear.