Seishun zankoku monogatari (A Story of the Cruelties of Youth)(Naked Youth)
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Seishun zankoku monogatari (A Story of the Cruelties of Youth)(Naked Youth)
Nagisa Oshima's groundbreaking film opens with young, attractive Mako and her friend hitching a ride from an old man. After her friend leaves, the man tries to rape her, and she is saved only by the handsome Kiyoshi. Later, against the background of the tumultuous 1960 U.S./Japan Security Treaty demonstrations, Kiyoshi and Mako walk along a grungy seaside lumberyard while talking about sex. He attempts to kiss her, she slaps him, and he throws her in the water. She cries out that she can't swim. When she continues to refuse his advances, he steps on her fingers as she clings to a log.… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An anti-Ozu film that offers an embittered take on the moral disillusionment of youth in a changing postwar Japan."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews