Yoichi Higashi – Sâdo aka Third (1978)

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Yoichi Higashi breakthrough film Sâdo is based on script by Shuji Terayama and produced by Art Theatre Guild (ATG). The film follows the relationship of one man to the world around him, variously his mother, the urban landscape of Japanese youth, and ultimately those incarcerated in a corrective school, after he is involved in a murder.

Even in the world of criminal outsiders, there are those who are especially isolated. In this story, Third (Toshiyuki Nagashima) is an aimless young man who hangs around with a couple of girls who are amateur hookers. One day, while acting as their pimp, he gets into a conflict with a young gangster and winds up killing him. He is caught for this crime and imprisoned. Even here, because he is not a proper gangster, he is an outsider.
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