Youth of the Beast (1963)

Director
Seijun Suzuki

Main cast
Jô Shishido; Misako Watanabe; Tamio Kawaji; Ichiro Kijima; Seijun Suzuki

Genres
Drama, Action, Crime, Mystery, Foreign

Description
To infiltrate a criminal organization responsible for the death of one of his colleagues, the Detective Tajima adopts the behavior of of a brutal thug and plays opposing yakuza bosses against each other.


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