"Cruel Story of Youth"
Directed by Nagisa Oshima
feature conveys the pent-up sexuality and disillusionment among Japan's postwar
generation. Two lovers live outside the boundaries of their society, performing shakedowns
on unsuspecting middle-aged men and speeding away on the angry boy's gleaming motorcycle
with the goods. With seemingly disconnected details and stark framings, Oshima creates an
atmosphere akin to the French New Wave. Japanese with English subtitles.