NYFF Velvet Bullets and Steel Kisses: Celebrating the Nikkatsu Centennial

The Warped Ones

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The Warped Ones
Kyonetsu no kisetsu | Koreyoshi Kurahara, 1960
Japan | Japanese with English subtitles | Format: 35mm | 75 minutes

Released from juvenile hall, a bare-chested, bohemian ne’er-do-well goes on a vindictive rampage. His new freedom spans bebop (Max Roach worked on the score), the mockery of bourgeois values, frankly rough sexuality, and rage infused with gangsterism. Reminiscent of Godard and Antonioni, Director Kurahara’s innovative camerawork expresses his characters’ spiritual claustrophobia while capturing an unbounded youthful madness that is as immediate, remarkable, and ultimately ephemeral as the rippling muscles gracing the protagonist’s naked back.

Series: NYFF Velvet Bullets and Steel Kisses: Celebrating the Nikkatsu Centennial

Venue: New York Film Festival

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