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Cruel Story of Youth

This early, long-overlooked 1959 feature by Nagisa Oshima (In the Realm of the Senses) tells the story of a disillusioned university student who undertakes the sexual initiation of a flirtatious high school girl; eventually they go into business together, rolling the drunks that the girl picks up. The style is lurid and jagged, much like the contemporaneous American teenpics Oshima both draws on and criticizes. His first commercial success, it established him as the spokesman of a generation just entering the phase of postindustrial discontent. In Japanese with subtitles. 96 min.

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