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Contes cruels de la jeunesse

Cruel Story of youth

(Seishun zankoku monogatari)

by Oshima Nagisa



Contes cruels de la jeunesse

Director: Oshima Nagisa

Screenplay: Oshima Nagisa

Cinematographer: Kawamata Takashi

Editing: Huraoka Keiishi

Music: Manabe Riichiro

Cast.: Kawazu Yusuke, Kuwano Miyuki, Kuga Yoshiko, Watanabe Fumio, Tanaka Shinji, Matsuzaki Sinjiro, Kobayashi Toshiko

Production: Shochiku

Carlotta Films
9 passage de la Boule Blanche
75012 Paris
Tel: 0033-
Fax: 0033-

Year: 1960

35 mm, Color, 96 min, 
OV Japanese with French subtitles

Makoto, a young woman in search of new experiences, uses her charm to be taken back home by men in their forties, when she goes out at night. As a man tries to forcibly bring her to his hotel one night, Kiyoshi, a delinquent student, helps her to escape. Makoto and Kiyoshi now bound to each other start an ambiguous love relationship disturbed by Kiyoshi’s excessive violence…
Cruel Story of Youth stands out as the key film of young director Oshima Nagisa with his masterly command of wide angle and colors. The film allowed him to tackle one of the fundamental themes of his work in the sixties: Japanese youth in the postwar period, with eroticism and violence in the background. The film is a huge hit and becomes an important date in the history of Japanese cinema.


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