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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 yakuza gunman seeks the seemingly unobtainable rank of No. 1 killer in what is the finest Japanese Movie of the 1960's!
8 March 2001 | by (Melbourne) – See all my reviews

Man, why are those late 60's / early 70's criminal movies so fantastically good? I guess it must have something to do with those old saturated film stocks. If only Kodachrome would muster the courage to bring back what brought us the those classics: Dirty Harry, Bullitt, The Getaway etc.

Or then again, maybe it was just the period in which these movies were made. The hippie era did, as it would appears produced a surprisingly good number of film titles. Comparatively, Branded to Kill reminds one distinctively in style to John Boorman's film of the same year, POINT BLANK, both in choice of film stock and composition of photography, but aside from this the films are completely different. Branded to Kill tells the story of a yakuza hitman (with a penchant for fast woman and inhaling "rice steam") who seeks the desirable title of #1 gunman. But of course, it's not going to be that easy...


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