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Koroshi no rakuin
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Branded to Kill -- When Japanese New Wave bad boy Seijun Suzuki delivered this brutal, hilarious, and visually inspired masterpiece to the executives at his studio, he was promptly fired. Branded to Kill tells the ecstatically bent story of a yakuza assassin with a fetish for sniffing steamed rice (the chipmunk-cheeked superstar Joe Shishido) who botches a job and ends up a target himself.

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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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Directed by
Seijun Suzuki 
 
Writing credits
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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
 

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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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References "The Prisoner" (1967)See more »

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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A work of art by master director Seijun Suzuki, 22 June 2005
Author: Pycal from United States

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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