Crazed Fruit

The character within Crazed Fruit that wins the Coolest character award in my book, hands down, is Frank. Throughout the movie we see Frank gradually earn his title of the coolest character. His coolness does not derive from materialistic things but rather from his actions and attitude. He exhibits a relaxed/ neutral state of emotion throughout the movie. Take the scene at the fairgrounds for example, we see him at the shooting range for a few seconds and the next time we see him is with a handful of prizes grinning at his friends. His decision to not involve himself on the matter between the two brothers also contributes to his cool character. Although some may argue that it was not cool how chose to not involve himself, some may even call it selfish. The older brother was not acting in a cool way towards his younger brother, thus if Frank involved himself it would stain his coolness. I believe it fits perfectly into his character’s personality where he tends to not really involve himself. We see glimpses of interactions with Frank that one could consider cool, whereas compared to the rest of the cast they are either lacking or way too uncool.

Into the first few minutes of the movie we get exposed to the feelings and ideas that we see carried along the whole movie by the characters. As a young person it almost feels like a rite of passage to complain and argue/ question what the point of it all is. Especially when someone with authority over you is telling you these things. The audience can hear complaints from the cast about how the older generation is pressing their ideology onto them. They gripe over how outdated the lectures can be, how boring times they live in, and how they can find a way all on their own. Their opinions and feelings are what some of us have felt before, as we try to make sense of it all. I can agree about how sometimes lectures or teachings can be a little outdated but I do not believe it to be bad in any way. There is always something to learn regardless of how dated it may seem and on the contrary it would not hurt to slightly update or pick up new ideology/ teachings. I cannot fully consider myself on the side of these young men and women at the beginning of the movie. However valid their opinions are, I do find it to be shameful to “waste” away and not throw yourself into something at all. Even if it were for a small amount of effort or time, it is a disservice to yourself at the end of the day. Especially at the peak of your youth.

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The character within Crazed Fruit that wins the Coolest character award in my book, hands down, is Frank. Throughout the movie we see Frank gradually earn his title of the coolest character. His coolness does not derive from materialistic things but rather from his actions and attitude. He exhibits a relaxed/ neutral state of emotion throughout the movie. Take the scene at the fairgrounds for example, we see him at the shooting range for a few seconds and the next time we see him is with a handful of prizes grinning at his friends. His decision to not involve himself on the matter between the two brothers also contributes to his cool character. Although some may argue that it was not cool how chose to not involve himself, some may even call it selfish. The older brother was not acting in a cool way towards his younger brother, thus if Frank involved himself it would stain his coolness. I believe it fits perfectly into his character’s personality where he tends to not really involve himself. We see glimpses of interactions with Frank that one could consider cool, whereas compared to the rest of the cast they are either lacking or way too uncool.

Into the first few minutes of the movie we get exposed to the feelings and ideas that we see carried along the whole movie by the characters. As a young person it almost feels like a rite of passage to complain and argue/ question what the point of it all is. Especially when someone with authority over you is telling you these things. The audience can hear complaints from the cast about how the older generation is pressing their ideology onto them. They gripe over how outdated the lectures can be, how boring times they live in, and how they can find a way all on their own. Their opinions and feelings are what some of us have felt before, as we try to make sense of it all. I can agree about how sometimes lectures or teachings can be a little outdated but I do not believe it to be bad in any way. There is always something to learn regardless of how dated it may seem and on the contrary it would not hurt to slightly update or pick up new ideology/ teachings. I cannot fully consider myself on the side of these young men and women at the beginning of the movie. However valid their opinions are, I do find it to be shameful to “waste” away and not throw yourself into something at all. Even if it were for a small amount of effort or time, it is a disservice to yourself at the end of the day. Especially at the peak of your youth.

Sometimes in various types of media they include real life events and sentiments that have either passed or continue to go on. This serves a purpose to either get the audience thinking and refelct on what is going on in the world around them or to just generate some attention. If I were a Japanese person watching Crazed Fruit, especially a young person I imagine I would be sharing a lot of the sentiments with the characters. Since this was post WWII, there must have been very strong feelings brewing up in bars, clubs , and possibly even schools. This movie could have served its purpose to get the people talking of their current situations and what course of actions they should be thinking about taking.

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