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Branded to Kill -- Branded to Kill is Seijun Suzuki at his delirious best. From a cookie-cutter studio script, Suzuki delivered this brutal, hilarious, and visually inspired masterpiece—and was promptly fired.

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15 June 1967 (Japan) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Trapped in a dead-end job? No hope for advancement? At least you're not addicted to the smell of rice. See more (37 total) »

Cast

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Jô Shishido ... 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
Takashi Seyama
Masaaki Honme
Mitsuru Sawa
Shirô Tonami
Akira Takahashi
Shinzô Shibata
Tessen Nakahira
Wataru Kobayashi
Yoshigi Ôba
Ken Mizoguchi
Michiko Hagi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Franz Gruber ... Western man (uncredited)

Directed by
Seijun Suzuki 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hachiro Guryu 
Mitsutoshi Ishigami  screenplay (uncredited)
Takeo Kimura  uncredited
Chûsei Sone  uncredited
Atsushi Yamatoya  uncredited

Produced by
Kaneo Iwai .... producer
Takiko Mizunoe .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Naozumi Yamamoto 
 
Cinematography by
Kazue Nagatsuka 
 
Film Editing by
Akira Suzuki 
 
Art Direction by
Motozô Kawahara 
 
Production Management
Akira Yamashita .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Masami Kuzû .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Yoshinobu Akino .... sound
 
Stunts
Kakuo Watai .... fight choreographer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Saburô Mio .... gaffer (as S. Mio)
 

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Also Known As:
"Koroshi no rakuin" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
91 min | Argentina:99 min
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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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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Referenced in 100 Years of Japanese Cinema (1995) (TV)See more »

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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Trapped in a dead-end job? No hope for advancement? At least you're not addicted to the smell of rice., 25 July 2005
Author: Ham_and_Egger from Indianapolis, Indiana

Rice-sniffing, #3 Killer, dead butterflies, snuff films. Where to start? 'Koroshi no rakuin' is a surreal, Kafkaesque, timewarp of a film masquerading as a stylish 60's hit-man movie. Nikkatsu Studios fired Seijun Suzuki over this film's "incomprehensibility."

Suzuki is an auteur of the highest magnitude, nobody has ever used a widescreen, black and white, "Nikkatsu Scope" frame quite like him. The dense and beautifully chaotic images are overwhelming on your first viewing, it's the sort of movie that shows you something new every time you watch it.

Essentially Hanado Goro (Jo Shisido) is the yakuza's #3 Killer, but he desperately wants to be #1. As might be expected, being a hired gun is a stressful life and Hanado takes the edge off with lots of sex and the smell of boiling rice. The sex gets him embroiled in some sort of a plot and he finds himself getting much better acquainted with #1 Killer than he'd ever wanted to be.

Time backs up, swirls around, restarts, slows down. Major themes include, but are not limited to: ambition, lust, rivalry, bureaucracy, addiction, loss of self-control. There's a certain parallel in that with this picture Suzuki derailed his own career as a "salary man" making Nikkatsu yakuza flicks, many of Hanado's thoughts and impulses must have been the director's own.

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