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Youth of the Beast [Yajû no seishun]

Youth of the Beast [Yajû no seishun]

Seijun Suzuki ,

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94

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2.35:1

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World Cinema

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 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 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.

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19th August, 2014

Released 27th October 2014

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Right on the heels of the riotous Go to Hell, Bastards: Detective Bureau 2 3,...

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£12.99

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EKA70148a
2 Discs
#96

  • New high-definition 1080p presentation of the film on the Blu-ray, and progressive encode on the DVD.
  • New and improved optional English subtitles
  • New video interview with critic and scholar Tony Rayns
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • 36-PAGE BOOKLET featuring a new essay by Frederick Veith, and rare archival imagery

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