Cruel Story of Youth

1960, Not rated, 96 min. Directed by Nagisa Ôshima. Starring Yusuke Kawazu, Miyuki Kuwano, Yoshiko Kuga, Fumio Watanabe and Shinji Tanaka.

Forbidden Colors: The Transgressions of Nagisa Ôshima: A new Austin Film Society retrospective launches with this early film by one of the leading lights of the Japanese New Wave, Nagisa Ôshima, who is probably best known for his flinch-provoking love story In the Realm of the Senses. Like most of Ôshima’s films, Cruel Story of Youth depicts the conflict between old and new values. The story pits two young lovers against the world as aimless rebels without a cause who exploit and blackmail men who offend the social order. In Ôshima’s hands, it becomes a timeless story. Read a full review of Cruel Story of Youth.
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