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Branded to Kill (1967)
"Koroshi no rakuin" (original title)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  15 June 1967 (Japan)
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A hit-man, with a fetish for sniffing boiling rice, fumbles his latest job, putting him into conflict with his treacherous wife, with a mysterious woman eager for death and with the phantom-like hit-man known only as Number One.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gorô Hanada
Kôji Nanbara ...
No. 1
Isao Tamagawa ...
Michihiko Yabuhara
Anne Mari ...
Misako Nakajô
Mariko Ogawa ...
Mami Hanada
Hiroshi Minami ...
Gihei Kasuga
Hiroshi Chô
Atsushi Yamatoya
Takashi Sudo ...
(as Takashi Nomura)
Tokuhei Miyahara
Hiroshi Midorikawa
Akira Hisamatsu ...
(as Kôsuke Hisamatsu)
Iwae Arai
Yu Izumi
Kyôji Mizuki
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The number-three-ranked hit-man, with a fetish for sniffing boiling rice, fumbles his latest job, which puts him into conflict with a mysterious woman whose death wish inspires her to surround herself with dead butterflies and dead birds. Worse danger comes from his own treacherous wife and finally with the number-one-ranked hit-man, known only as a phantom to those who fear his unseen presence. Written by J. Spurlin

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When Nikkatsu studio executives saw the finished product, they thought it was too terrible to be released, so they shelved it. Director Seijun Suzuki along with others in the film business, film critics, and students protested in unfairness since by contract Nikkatsu was supposed to release the finished film theatrically. It went to court, with a ruling in favor of the director. Nikkatsu had to pay for damages and have the film released. Suzuki's contract with Nikkatsu was terminated, and with the bad reputation, was unable to work on a feature film for the next 10 years. See more »

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Stunningly stylish and original!
17 September 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Seijun's Suzuki's earlier cult classic 'Tokyo Drifter' knocked my socks off, but 'Branded To Kill' unbelievably manages to top it! This is one of the most stunning and original movies I have ever seen in my life, and I have seen hundreds. Suzuki is a true original. I can't think of a direct Western equivalent for him. Visually stylish and surreal, he lets his imagery do the talking. Imagine vintage David Lynch directing Beat Takeshi and you're halfway there. It's nearly impossible to put into words just what is so amazing about this movie. It literally has to be seen to be believed! With these two movies made over thirty five years ago Suzuki still shows himself to be light years ahead of the current crop of overrated and overhyped Hollywood "visionaries" Fincher, Soderbergh, Shyamalan, et al. Whatever you do you MUST see this movie! Be prepared to have your mind slowly blown into little pieces...


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