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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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Blu-ray Review: 'Youth of the Beast'
 (From CineVue. 27 October 2014, 4:25 PM, PDT)

The Bottom Shelf: Remo, Almost Human, Branded To Kill and more
 (From Den of Geek. 9 September 2014, 12:56 AM, PDT)

‘Branded to Kill’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)
 (From Blogomatic3000. 20 August 2014, 4:37 AM, PDT)

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Gonzo crime-thriller astonishingly directed by Seijun Suzuki See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

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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2.35 : 1 See more »
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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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References "The Prisoner" (1967)See more »

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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Gonzo crime-thriller astonishingly directed by Seijun Suzuki, 3 August 1999
Author: pooch-8 from Fargo, North Dakota

A bizarre yakuza flick with a taste for over-the-top visuals and modern stylistics, Branded to Kill follows the strange day-to-day existence of an expert hit-man who carries out his orders with steely determination and impassive cool. All hell breaks loose, however, when a butterfly alighting on his rifle scope results in a botched job -- and a death sentence for the screw-up. Joe Shishido, with his collagen-enhanced cheekbones, makes a terrific anti-hero whose unusual quirks (Suzuki reasoned that a man obsessed with the scent of warm rice would signal to audiences that this guy was quintessentially Japanese) instantly endear him to newly-made fans. Branded to Kill is wild fun, and has been favorably and frequently compared to the work of artists as different as John Woo and David Lynch -- which makes it all the more exhilarating when you realize it was made in 1967.

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