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One aspect of the film will likely be extremely disturbing to many contemporary Western viewers.
By no means the wild ride of something like "Branded to Kill," it is still a quality Yakuza flick, Suzuki-style.
This is one of the best Japanese crime films of the 1960's, to have seen release in the United States!
I've become a fan to director Suzuki via the excellent 'Branded to Kill' and very good 'Tokyo Drifter'. This may be the best one of the 3Published 10 months ago by RMS
People think if someone can make a movie and pack it full of style and no story it becomes a classic, well at least Criterion thinks that way. Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by Joseph
Before I discovered 'Youth of the Beast' in an email newsletter, I knew nothing about the Japanese gangster films of the '60's. Read morePublished on October 30, 2009 by Bryan Byrd
Certainly faster-paced and more violent than some if director Seijun Suzuki's other outings. Star Jo Shishido (a frequent leading man in Suzuki films) is a man on a mission and... Read morePublished on April 24, 2008 by telecaster62
An audacious early outing from cult Japanese director Seijun Suzuki and the Nikkatsu studio, "Beast" is a hip, pulp-gangster flick with a twisty revenge plot involving murder,... Read morePublished on July 2, 2007 by John Farr
Youth of the Beast is a wild, erratic, over stylized pop gangster film that is hard not to like. Director Seijun Suzuki is a mad painter, and the film is his canvas. Read morePublished on October 7, 2005 by Donny
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film
"Youth of the Beast" known in Japan as "Yaju no seishun" is an interesting and well made film about... Read more