Youth of the Beast (The Brute) (Yajū no seishun)
Youth of the Beast (The Brute) (Yajū no seishun) (1963)

Youth of the Beast marked a turning point in director Seijun Suzuki's career. No longer content to just crank out production-line gangster films, here Suzuki starts to assert his own voice. The plot is fairly typical for the genre:… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 21, 1963
DVD Release Date: January 11, 2005
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Josh Slater-Williams
The Skinny

Colour takes precedence over coherence, and madcap humour and tangents intrude on a stock narrative the director palpably doesn't care that much about.

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Jake Euker

The best time a person could hope to have in the world of post-war Japanese cinema

Fernando F. Croce

Suzuki can compose a beautiful image, but does so strictly to scald it

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Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal

Cool but superficial and disjointed.

Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
terrific early gangster film from maverick director seijun suzuki just oozes style from every frame. unlike his later more abstract works like branded to kill… More
El Hombre Invisible
Even tho the story is somewhat of a poor man's Yojimbo, it was highly entertaining. What was to become Suzuki's tradmarked style begins to take root… More
Ken Stachnik
Pretty awesome Japanese 60's pulp noir gangster flick. It's a little hard to follow, but great to look at. <br/><br/>Inspired by Yojimbo
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Suzuki was still far from going into the bizarre experimental territory that he will eventually reach in Tokyo Drifter and Branded to Kill. But it does show… More
danny d
a fairly incoherent story and confusing shot sequences along with sub-par acting almost tanked this film for me, but it was balanced by an emphasis on style and… More
Chris Browning
"Youth of the Beast" is another highly entertaining and fun Seijun Suzuki film filled with action, violence, humor and just plain style! This is just… More