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Until very recently this one's been hard to find outside of Japan and impossible to find with English subtitles, and it's remained quite obscure as a result. Now, with this release from Artsmagic all that will change, and it's a good thing, because this is one of Miike's finest. There's little of the violence which some people mistakenly assume is a given in Miike's work, but the director's unique sense of humor and reductionist approach to storytelling are fully intact. Even director Takashi Miike (AUDITION, GOZU) thinks this is his best film.

DVD Special Features:
Interview With Director
Original Trailer
Osaka People
Biographies & Filmographies
Scene Selection

Special Features

  • Interview With Director
  • Original Trailer
  • Osaka People
  • Biographies & Filmographie

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  • Actors: Takeshi Caesar, Setsuko Karasuma, Yûki Nagata, Toshikazu Nakaba, Akihiro Shimizu
  • Directors: Takashi Miike
  • Writers: Masa Nakamura, Riichi Nakaba
  • Producers: Masao Kimura, Toshiaki Nakazawa, Yasuhiko Furusato
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Arts Magic
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0004Z33TQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,418 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Young Thugs - Nostalgia" on IMDb

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By zoviet squid on January 8, 2005
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YOUNG THUGS: NOSTALGIA is Miike's personal favorite movie, but is it one of his best? That depends on the viewer. If you're primarily looking for some of his hyper-violent, ultra-cool, and beyond-bizarre characteristics in this movie you'll only get them in very minor and subdued doses.

This is meant to be a sweet movie, although not exactly family-friendly, and manages to lovingly capture the times and circumstances of a particular era. Miike is known for lauding the virtues of child-sight and invoking bundles wonder in his movies, even if they are meta-weird and brutal. YOUNG THUGS is no exception, and all the traditional Miike-isms are here if only sparse, but it's enough to raise it above the typical coming of age story.

NOSTALGIA concerns Riichi, a boy gradually emerging from the magic of childhood ignorance into an even more absurd and comical adulthood, and how he and his friends deal with it. You get scenes of little kid gang wars, a STAND BY ME-esque sojourne, family conflict, and the usual school competition where everyone bands together to win. During it all Riichi is discovering the world and through Miike's direction it seems just as strange and magical to us as it does him.

The kids are fantastic and a joy to watch due to how cool Miike portrays them. There are definite elements of his Yakuza movies in the suave character of these children, even though we're exposed to a vulnerable wonder within them. His humor shines here as well, both subversive and otherwise, and I found myself laughing out loud during several scenes while grinning stupidly in between.

Additionally, if you're familiar with Federico Fellini's later nostalgic movies, this will all seem familiar to you.
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