Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Wacky, violent and I love it

It's wacky and violent and I have always loved it.
"YAJU NO SEISHUN (YOUTH OF THE BEAST)" is a 1963 thriller by SEIJUN SUZUKI starring JOE SHISHIDO as a mysterious stranger who infiltrates two yakuza gangs in Tokyo.
I watched the film last night on DVD.
Playing one gang against the other is a risky endeavor, and the stranger endures creatively painful torture as be proceeds with his plans.
Shot in glorious color, the film also provides a glimpse of a vibrant Japan emerging from its postwar malaise.


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