The epidemic of juvenile delinquency in the mean streets of a Tokyo slum is depicted in this sordid story of sex and violence. The group is dwindled by suicide, murder, gang warfare and accidents as they engage in arson and gunplay.
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CINEMA, 35mm _ If Imamura documented better post-war Japan, if Suzuki had maybe more style, it would be unfair to forget Ôshima who i particularly like for his dryness. Some of the more cruel scenes here are treated with cold blood and somehow distance the way Bresson would have directed it. In this hellish Japan full of fury, Ôshima stays cool and smooth with his camera and through his staging.
Double-crossing and double-dealing amongst a particularly disenfranchised segment of Japan's youth. Callous cruelty interspersed with moments of genuine tenderness and tragic beauty. The camera at times ventures too close for comfort and at others keeps an alarming distance. Sensual, dystopian, and hopeless all drenched in a decaying Japan's dying light.
Prodigieux cinéma d'Oshima. Parler des images de leur force, de la mise en scène, de sa pureté, admirer les comédiens, figures de Kabouki, clowns tragiques, du film, tourné comme un cri comme une immense scène d'action où des danseurs désarticulés se heurtent et se tuent. C'est la bagarre infinie des humains dans cette cour des miracles d'une effroyable misère, minables et sans pitié. Génial
A brutal movie about a gang in Japan (Osaka) in the 60's. The violence, the misery, the hard life of Japan as rarely seen on movies, even now. You can make a parallel with "Mean Streets" of M. Scorsese. No redemption for the wicked.