CRUEL STORY OF YOUTH
A pair of restless adolescents face life
with an amoral and materialistic
attitude, but they are destined to
dramatically learn that their search for
liberty is an illusion. The unconventional
themes and innovative style of the film
make it the manifesto of an aspiring
new Japanese Nouvelle Vague which
was crafted by the Shochiku production
company for commercial reasons.
Nagisa Ōshima (Tamano, Japan, 1931 - Fujisawa, Japan, 2013) is considered one of the maestros of Japanese cinema. An exponent of “nuberu bagu,” his films depict the contradictions of Japanese society since WWII, in which growing materialism is flanked by strict observance of centuries-old rules, generating oxymorons and irresolvable conflicts. His most important films include Cruel Story (1960); The Sun’s Burial (1960); Night and Fog in Japan (1960); The Ceremony (1971); In the Realm of the Senses (1976), a true sensation because of its explicit sexual content; Empire of Passion (1978), which won Best Director at Cannes; and Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (1983), which received a BAFTA for Best Score. His final film was Taboo (1999), presented in competition at Cannes. In 2009, the Torino Film Festival dedicated a complete retrospective to him.
Seishun zankoku monogatari (Racconto crudele della giovinezza, 1960), Taiyō no hakaba (Il cimitero del sole, 1960), Nihon no yoru to kiri (Notte e nebbia in Giappone, 1960), Etsuraku (Il godimento, 1965), Muri shinju: Nihon no natsu (Japanese Summer: Double Suicide, 1967), Koshikei (Death by Hanging, 1968), Gishiki (La cerimonia, 1971), Ai no korīda (Ecco l’impero dei sensi, 1976), Ai no bōrei (L’impero della passione, 1978), Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (Furyo, 1983), Max mon amour (Max amore mio, 1986), Gohatto (Tabù - Gohatto, 1999).
interpreti e personaggi/cast
Miyuki Kuwano (Makoto
Shinjo), Yusuke Kawazu
(Kiyoshi Fujii), Yoshiko Kuga
(Yuki Shinjo, la sorella di
Fumio Watanabe (il
dottore/Dr Akimoto), Shinji
Tanaka (Yoshimi Ito, l’amico
di Kiyoshi/Kiyoshi’s Friend)