Crazed Fruit

Crazed Fruit

Harold Conway
Director: Ko Nakahira Cast: Harold Conway
Harold Conway
, Masumi Okada
Masumi Okada
, Mie Kitahara
Mie Kitahara
Ko Nakahira

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Overview

In this powerful drama with comic undertones from Japan, a lazy summer by the beach develops a sinister undercurrent when two brothers' (Masahiko Tsugawa and Yujiro Ishihara) hedonistic pursuits of alcohol and gambling are interrupted by the arrival of a beautiful young woman, Eri (Mie Kitahara). The younger brother quickly becomes infatuated with the girl, but the older brother also develops an attraction to her, and becomes determined to take her away -- even after learning she's already married. Controversial upon initial release for its portrayal of delinquent Japanese youth, Kurutta Kajitsu (also known as Crazed Fruit and Juvenile Jungle) has since been acknowledged as a trailblazing work in the Japanese "taiyozoku" (sun tribe) subgenre; it was the first feature for celebrated filmmaker Ko Nakahira.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/28/2005
UPC: 0037429184127
Original Release: 1956
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:26:00
Sales rank: 69,458

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer; Audio commentary by renowned Japanese-film scholar Donald Richie; Theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation; 16-page booklet featuring new essays by critic Chuck Stephens and film scholar Michael Raine

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Searching [1:55]
2. To the Coast [2:28]
3. Water-Skiing [1:49]
4. A Credo of Boredom [5:23]
5. The Girl From the Station [5:37]
6. Night Out [2:44]
7. Home [1:03]
8. Haru Makes a Date [1:57]
9. Looking for Natsuhisa [2:51]
10. Crush [3:55]
11. Love Blooms [7:20]
12. Unexpected Encounter [5:06]
13. Married [4:29]
14. Another Falls [2:41]
15. A Day With Haru [3:07]
16. Love's Frustrations [4:26]
17. First Time [4:12]
18. Level Playing Field [4:33]
19. Intercepted Letter [2:27]
20. The Hunt Begins [9:04]
21. Revenge [8:39]
22. Color Bars [:00]
1. A New Genre [1:55]
2. Naturalistic Technique [2:28]
3. Taiyozoku Culture [1:49]
4. Fashion As Index [5:23]
5. Impressionism/Mie Kitahara [5:37]
6. Sex and Violence [2:44]
7. The Fifties in Japan [1:03]
8. Purity Versus Pollution [1:57]
9. The Sun/Break Through Attitude [2:51]
10. Toru Takemitsu/Muted Sensuality [3:55]
11. Nakahira's Career/Personal Reflection [7:20]
12. Sex in Postwar Films [5:06]
13. Conventions [4:29]
14. Autobiographical Elements [2:41]
15. Loose Morals [3:07]
16. Music/"Japanese New Wave" [4:26]
17. Parallelism [4:12]
18. Violence [4:33]
19. Demographic Shift [2:27]
20. Hayama/The Female Character [9:04]
21. Shifting Style [8:39]
22. Color Bars [:00]

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