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Right on the heels of the riotous Go to Hell, Bastards: Detective Bureau 2 3, Seijun Suzuki unleashed what would come to be seen as his true breakthrough, the film that would cement "the Suzuki sensibility": Youth of the Beast [Yajû no seishun]. A kaleidoscopic fantasia that contains "youth" and "beast" only insofar as 1963 pop/youth culture was that violently upstart thing, — not unlike the yakuza? And so Youth of the Beast is a yakuza tale with a premise like Akira Kurosawa's Yôjinbô, but denuded of an easy definition of which side is which.

It stars Suzuki's iconic '60s regular Jô Shishido, with his dare-you-to-call-them-out artificial cheek implants like new acting blasphemy. There are drug-addled whores, gunfights in a new colour apocalypse, and at least one alien landscape: the sudden mind-searing eruption of a sulphur yellow desert like an action -figure playset with overspill of unbridled lust... Suzuki's infectious go-for-broke energy is assisted by a telephoto lens that serves at once as phallus and yoni in the masterful, Minnelli-worthy 'Scope framing.

His film would go on to inspire John Woo's forthcoming remake titled Day of the Beast; Nikkatsu have in recent times deemed this movie one of their treasures. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Youth of the Beast in a Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) edition based on their new HD master.

Bonus Features:

  • New high-definition 1080p presentation of the film on the Blu-ray, and progressive encode on the DVD.

  • New and improved optional English subtitles

  • 36-PAGE BOOKLET featuring a new essay by Frederick Veith, and rare archival imagery

Certificate:
15
Actor:
J么 Shishido, Misako Watanabe, Tamio Kawaji, Minako Katsuki, Daizaburo Hirata, Eiji G么, Koichi Uenoyama, Akiji Kobayashi, Yuzo Kiura
Director:
Seijun Suzuki
Region:
B
Aspect Ratio:
2.35:1 OAR
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
Japanese
Subtitle Languages:

English for the Hard of Hearing, English

Run Time:
92 mins approx.
studio:
Masters Of Cinema

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Right on the heels of the riotous Go to Hell, Bastards: Detective Bureau 2 3, Seijun Suzuki unleashed what would come to be seen as his true breakthrough, the film that would cement "the Suzuki sensibility": Youth of the Beast [Yajû no seishun]. A kaleidoscopic fantasia that contains "youth" and "beast" only insofar as 1963 pop/youth culture was that violently upstart thing, — not unlike the yakuza? And so Youth of the Beast is a yakuza tale with a premise like Akira Kurosawa's Yôjinbô, but denuded of an easy definition of which side is which.

It stars Suzuki's iconic '60s regular Jô Shishido, with his dare-you-to-call-them-out artificial cheek implants like new acting blasphemy. There are drug-addled whores, gunfights in a new colour apocalypse, and at least one alien landscape: the sudden mind-searing eruption of a sulphur yellow desert like an action -figure playset with overspill of unbridled lust... Suzuki's infectious go-for-broke energy is assisted by a telephoto lens that serves at once as phallus and yoni in the masterful, Minnelli-worthy 'Scope framing.

His film would go on to inspire John Woo's forthcoming remake titled Day of the Beast; Nikkatsu have in recent times deemed this movie one of their treasures. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Youth of the Beast in a Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) edition based on their new HD master.

Bonus Features:

  • New high-definition 1080p presentation of the film on the Blu-ray, and progressive encode on the DVD.

  • New and improved optional English subtitles

  • 36-PAGE BOOKLET featuring a new essay by Frederick Veith, and rare archival imagery

Certificate:
15
Actor:
J么 Shishido, Misako Watanabe, Tamio Kawaji, Minako Katsuki, Daizaburo Hirata, Eiji G么, Koichi Uenoyama, Akiji Kobayashi, Yuzo Kiura
Director:
Seijun Suzuki
Region:
B
Aspect Ratio:
2.35:1 OAR
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
Japanese
Subtitle Languages:

English for the Hard of Hearing, English

Run Time:
92 mins approx.
studio:
Masters Of Cinema
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