A Takashi Miike film that is to a degree autobiographical, Young Thugs - Innocent Blood follows three friends through their first year after leaving school. Having robbed their teacher on their last day at school, Ryoko gets a job in a hair salon, while the two boys settle down to a career of enforcement and protection.
Set in Kishiwada, a fishing district in the industrial town of Osaka, Innocent Blood lives up to its title. A lot of blood gets splattered around, without anyone getting too badly hurt, or taking too much offence.
This is a story of rough kids trying to find their way in the world, a world of violence, sentiment, and comedy - in a film that moves at a cracking pace from the opening shot.
DVD Features: Exclusive Interview with Director, Osaka History and Culture, Original Trailers, and Bio/Filmographies.
Spoken Languages: Japanese Dialogue with English Subtitles.