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Cruel Story of Youth

Special Guests: David Desser & Linda Hoaglund

Guest Co-Host: Miguel Rodriguez

Cruel Story of Youth (AKA Naked Youth, Seishun Zankoku Monogatari, and 青春残酷物語) is a 1960 film from Nagisa Oshima at the forefront of the Japanese New Wave cinema movement. The film tells the tale of two youths who fall in love — or lust, at least — against the backdrop of the ANPO protests.

We’re joined by Miguel Rodriguez of the Horrible Imaginings film festival to discuss this groundbreaking film.


Buy Cruel Story of Youth on (All-Region Taiwan) DVD

Buy Cruel Story of Youth on VHS

Buy the Eclipse Oshima’s Outlaw Sixties box set

Buy Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave Cinema by David Desser

Read more about the film at Senses of Cinema

Read A Samurai Among Farmers by Tony Rayns

Read more about ANPO X Art by Linda Hoaglund

Visit the official Linda Hoaglund website

Visit the The Wound and the Gift website

Read the story about Sugawara Bunta & Hayao Miyazaki joining in against bases

Hear Linda on our Battle Royale and Battles Without Honor and Humanity episodes

Be sure to check out Midnight Eye for more Asian film reviews

Check out the The Horrible Imaginings film festival


“Flaming Youth (Demo Version)” – KISS

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About The Author
Mike White
Mike White
Often mistaken for the ginger screenwriter/actor of the same name, Mike White has been a frequent contributor to publications such as CinemaScope, Paracinema, Detroit’s Metro Times, and Detour-Mag.com. He’s served on juries at the Slamdance, Cinekink, MicroCineFest and Kansas City film festivals. Additionally, he’s been featured in the documentaries David Goodis: To a Pulp and The People Vs. George Lucas. In 2010, BearManor Media published Impossibly Funky: A Cashiers du Cinemart Collection. A collection of film reviews, Cinema Detours, will be published in 2013.

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