Akutaro (1963)

Sub-Genres - Juvenile Delinquency Film  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - Japan   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Another of Seijun Suzuki's early works in which it is hard to see any promise (he directed 27 films before Kanto Mushuki made his name), this standard juvenile-crime movie is nonetheless important historically. It was the director's first collaboration with Itsuo Kimura, the art director whose vision would inform most of Suzuki's later masterpieces, although very little of that vision is obvious here. Ken Yamauchi toplines as Togo, a boy whose constant fighting gets him in trouble. Masako Isumi co-stars.