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Youth of the Beast
  • Description

    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

  • Product Details
    Certificate:
    15
    Actor:
    Jô Shishido, Misako Watanabe, Tamio Kawaji, Minako Katsuki, Daizaburo Hirata, Eiji Gô, 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

Youth of the Beast

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  • Description

    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

  • Product Details
    Certificate:
    15
    Actor:
    Jô Shishido, Misako Watanabe, Tamio Kawaji, Minako Katsuki, Daizaburo Hirata, Eiji Gô, 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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