(aka "Yaju no seishun" or "The Brute" or "The Young Rebel" or "Wild Youth" )


Japan 1963

When a mysterious stranger muscles into two rival yakuza gangs, Tokyo's underworld explodes with violence. Youth of the Beast was a breakthrough for director Seijun Suzuki, introducing the flamboyant colors, hallucinatory images, and striking compositions that would become his trademark. The Criterion Collection proudly presents the film that revitalized the yakuza genre and helped define the inimitable style of a legendary cinematic renegade.

Theatrical Release: Japan 1963

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DVD Review: Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Adam Lemke for the Review!

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Runtime 92 min.

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Monaurual
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Restored high-definition transfer
• Video interviews with Seijun Suzuki and actor Joe Shishido from 2001
• Original theatrical trailer
• Improved english subtitle translation
• Essay by film critic Howard Hampton

DVD Release Date: Jan. 11, 2005
keep case (Amaray Style)

Chapters 21


Comments The four Suzuki releases this year from Criterion have been top notch. Gorgeous progressive transfers, beautifully restored colors, and improved English subtitles are all on display here, making this disc a knockout. The black-and-white cover art on this release is a bit misleading, as this film is really about COLOR! Watching this film will almost certainly make you crave a Criterion re-release of Suzuki's "Tokyo Drifter," which features a similar delirious use of color.


A commentary would have been nice, but the liner essay is informative and the interviews with Suzuki and Shishido are an added bonus. An entertaining addition to any collection.  out of  

 - Adam Lemke



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