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Young Thugs - Innocent Blood [DVD]

Takashi Miike    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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  • Directors: Takashi Miike
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Rsk Artsmagic
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Nov 2004
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00032Q57W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,304 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Early film from maverick Japanese director Takashi Miike, based on the semi-autobiographical novel by lorry driver-turned-author Riichi Nakaba. Set during the 1970s in Kishiwada, a working-class neighbourhood in the industrial town of Osaka, the film follows two school friends Kotetsu (Koji Chihara) and Chuba (Kyosuke Yabe) through their first year after leaving school. With a bleak future ahead and nothing to lose, the boys settle into a life of violence and crime: beating each other up, beating up other people (in one scene, Kotetsu smashes a rival gang member in the face with a brick), and getting beaten up themselves (at another point the two are tied to a fence and pummeled with stones) - in between doing mindless, low-paid jobs and having meaningless sex. A story of rough kids trying to find their way in the world, the film combines extreme violence with sentiment and comedy.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Young Thugs- Innocent blood 8 Nov 2007
Format:DVD
With the help of Tom Mes's book, Agitator- the cinema of Takashi Miike, I have been able to discover all of the directors films and plow through watching them all. The likes of Ichi the killer, Audition and Dead or alive has painted a bloody picture about the cinema of Miike and their explorations of violence, sex and a whole bunch of other taboos. Yet for all their excesses and their surreal, dizzying attraction, its films like Young Thugs- Innocent Blood that kind of, puts these ideas into perspective by making a straight drama, which allows you to take a step back and actually see where these crazy themes blossom from.

Young Thugs, takes place in 70's Osaka, where school friends, Riichi, his girlfriend Ryoko and mates Yuji and Kotetsu celebrate their last day at school by going on a rampage of violent pranks. It's all fun and games but it can only spiral downwards from their, when Riichi is unfaithful to Ryoko. As the reality of life kicks in, they have to start working out what they're going to do for the rest of their lives.

Violence in this film is presented as a childhood past time. Fighting is celebrated as an act of immaturity. The punches dont really hurt and there are no consequences because as soon as violence is seen as harmful or ugly, thats when their innocence is lost and the serious adult world is embraced, they express a fear of growing up. These themes and the way that they are instrumented with a strongly loving and personalised direction from Miike is fascinating. The soft and warm cinematography compliments the detailed world of the 70's Osaka, created only by someone with a deep personal connection with the time and place.

It's an 18 rated coming of age comedy drama, with lots of fighting- you really wont see this kind of film anywhere else. A fine example of varied, boundless world cinema by the master, Takashi Miike.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Takin' a stroll down memory lane w/ a yokel street gang. 21 Jun 2005
By Zendicant Penguin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
There is an ineffable something about this self-described nostalgia film by one of the world's best film scriptwriter-directors that will inhabit the nether-regions of your psyche, and when you flip through your dvd collection its cover will beckon to you. Now that I think about what I have just written, I appreciate the irony of that statement and feel compelled to show obeisance to Mr. Takashi because I realize that his filmographic trip down memory lane has elicited feelings of nostalgia in me which I should not feel as I am neither Japanese, nor have experienced anything remotely similar to what is depicted in this movie. In the DVD extras we learn that Takashi has created a story around the capers and caperings (however violent and unfunny) of a street gang from Osaka who because they are not from Tokyo are what amount to 'small town thugs' even though Osaka is a city of nearly nine millions. They are bumpkins akin to what a Chicagoan is to a New Yorker (the director chose local, unknown, Osakan actors for their accents and habits, some of whom I'm happy to say have since gone on to other films). What we witness is the progression of young punks who, to begin with want nothing more than a good punch up and a bit of fun with their girl friends, then use their street hood status to earn points and then jobs in the yakuza underworld. At some point decisions are made and actions taken that transform their lives from innocent punks to fledgling adults whose must choose either maturity and a conformist life or the terminal infantilism of the gangster world. Suffice it to say that in the process some people die, some people get hurt before muddled thoughts clear, and love once again raises its fair head only to find....
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok 31 Aug 2010
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Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
it was delivered prompted aand it worked the movie itself is not good but the seller did his part.
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