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7.5
/10
427 Ratings

Cruel Story of Youth

Seishun zankoku monogatari

Directed by Nagisa Ôshima
Japan, 1960
Drama

Synopsis

Nagisa Oshima’s second feature is a shocking tale of youthful delinquency in post-Hiroshima Japan. Conveying the pent-up sexuality and disillusionment among Japan’s post-war generation it tells the story of teenage lovers Makoto and Kiyoshi.

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Cruel Story of Youth Directed by Nagisa Ôshima

Critics reviews

…A staggering cut from the lovers’ heated physical exchange to a churning cement mixer is bit a defiant one-finger salute to the Ozu-style pillow shot and an adept metaphor for the distance between these doomed ravers and the new Japan being built for apartment-dwelling salarymen.
September 07, 2015
An uneven but deeply essential film that oscillates between some of the most gorgeous modernist compositions in film history and a conflicted view of Japanese youth culture.
July 09, 2015
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But while the colors in Cruel Story of Youth may not be as lurid as I recall, this DCP is pretty dazzling as restorations go, and the “film” still packs a punch… As it did when I first saw it, the final shot remains a powerful, heartbreaking sign of the romantic despair barely masked by Oshima’s groundbreaking modernism.
July 06, 2015
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