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    Youth of the Beast

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    Released

    1963

    Runtime

    93

    Youth of the Beast

    What's it About

    After the tawdry double suicide of a detective and his call-girl mistress, tough-guy debt collector and ex-cop Mizuno (Shishido) infiltrates two vicious local gangs, using a combination of muscle and cheeky, pistol-brandishing bravado. Then he begins to play each boss against the other, setting them both up for a downfall. But what is Mizuno’s real agenda? And what’s his connection to Mrs. Takeshita (Watanabe), the widowed proprietor of a knitting school?

    Why we love it

    An audacious early outing from cult Japanese director Suzuki and the Nikkatsu studio, "Beast" is a hip, pulp-gangster flick with a twisty revenge plot involving murder, dope, go-go dancers, and salacious double crosses. (One kingpin even has a gay brother who slashes the face of anyone mentioning his mother!) With its surreal color palette, bizarre set pieces, and rapid cuts, the film has a unique visual flair-not to mention a killer crime-jazz score. And as the cop-turned-crook out for payback, Shishido is as hard-boiled as they come. For a lurid spin on the yakuza genre, unleash the "Beast." 

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