Naked Youth (Seishun zankoku monogatari) (A Story of the Cruelties of Youth)
Naked Youth (Seishun zankoku monogatari) (A Story of the Cruelties of Youth) (1960)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1960
DVD Release Date: September 23, 1992
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Chris Buckle
The Skinny

A cynical tale of wayward youth presented with a suitable degree of directorial maturity.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An anti-Ozu film that offers an embittered take on the moral disillusionment of youth in a changing postwar Japan.

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Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Cruel Story of Youth" starts innocently enough with Mako(Miyuki Kuwano) trying to secure a ride home. However, things go badly… More
Antonius Block
I liked seeing a raw, edgy, uninhibited side of Japan, and director Nagisa Oshima's style which mirrored the French New Wave directors from this period… More
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This is kind of unique perspective, an early cinematic look at the lives of Japanese young people in 1960. Clearly this is a new era, less than a decade… More