"The fury of living made in Japan: truly ruthless." The Inrockputibles
Makoto uses her charm to be escorted home by forties during her night outings. When one evening, one of them tries to take her back to her hotel by force, the arrival of Kiyoshi, a delinquent student, allows her to escape the worst. Now attached to each other, Makoto and Kiyoshi begin an ambiguous romantic relationship troubled by the latter's excesses of violence...
Subject to numerous controversies upon its theatrical release, Cruel Tales of Youth allows Nagisa Oshima to tackle head-on one of the founding themes of his filmography during the 1960s: post-war Japanese youth, on background of eroticism and violence. Dazzling and radical in its directing choices, available for the first time in its restored 4K version, Cruel Tales of Youth stands out as the young filmmaker's key film thanks to a masterful use of wide format and color.
CRUEL TALES OF YOUTH by Nagisa Oshima (1960 - Colors - 97 mins) New 4K restoration Original version with subtitles
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.JAPAN UNDER TENSION (25 mins) In this interview conducted in 2008, film historian Donald Richie looks back on the first works of Nagisa Oshima, nervous, committed, explosive and opening up new formal perspectives within the Shochiku studios.
.EXTRACTS FROM OSHIMA'S NOTEBOOKS (15 mins) Divided into four notebooks written by Oshima between 1959 and 1960, an essay at the heart of the filmmaker's process of reflection and creation for the film Cruel Tales of Youth .
BD 50 • HIGH DEFINITION MASTER • 1080/23.98p • AVC ENCODING Original Version DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 • French Subtitles Format 2.35 respected • Colors • Duration of the Film: 97 mn
DVD 9 •NEW RESTORED MASTER• PAL • MPEG-2 ENCODING Original Version Dolby Digital 1.0 • French Subtitles 2.35 format respected • 16/9 compatible 4/3 • Colors • Film length: 93 mins