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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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Credited cast:
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Goro Hanada
Kôji Nanbara ...
No. 1
Isao Tamagawa ...
Michihiko Yabuhara
Anne Mari ...
Misako Nakajo
Mariko Ogawa ...
Mami Hanada
Hiroshi Minami ...
Gihei Kasuga
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Iwae Arai
Hiroshi Chô
Franz Gruber ...
Western man
Akira Hisamatsu ...
(as Kosuke Hisamatsu)
Hiroshi Midorikawa
Tokuhei Miyahara
Takashi Nomura
Atsushi Yamatoya
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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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A work of art by master director Seijun Suzuki
22 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Branded to Kill is by far Suzuki's best film. It is my personal favorite crime film. Joe Shishido in his role as Hanada Goro, with his dark black sunglasses and Mauser M712 is one of the coolest characters ever created. The movie has everything, violence, shootouts, car chases, sex, and much much more. The film would likely have been shot in color, however Seijun Suzuki was prohibited from shooting in color due his wild use of colors in past films. The film is still a work of art, and looks beautiful in black and white. The best way I can describe this film is maybe a cross between Alfred Hitchcock and Sergio Leone. An excellent crime thriller not to be missed.


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