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    Added on: 23/10/2014 16:14
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    Youth of the Beast

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    aka Yajû no seishun
    Certificate: TBC
    Running Time: 92 Mins
    Retail Price: £17.99
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    Content Type: Movie

    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 [i]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 as 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 movie 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.

    Special Features:
    New high-definition 1080p presentation of the film on the Blu-ray, and progressive encode on the DVD.
    • New and improved optional English subtitles
    • 36-PAGE BOOKLET featuring a new essay by Frederick Veith, and rare archival imagery

    Video Tracks:
    2.35:1 OAR Colour

    Audio Tracks:
    Japanese Mono 2.0

    Subtitle Tracks:
    English (Optional)

    Directed By:
    Seijun Suzuki

    Written By:

    Jô Shishido
    Misako Watanabe
    Tamio Kawaji

    Soundtrack By:
    Hajime Okumura

    Director of Photography:
    Kazue Nagatsuka

    Akira Suzuki

    Production Designer:
    Yoshinaga Yoko'o

    Visual Effects:
    Keiji Kaneda

    Keinosuke Kubo

    Eureka Masters of Cinema

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