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Koroshi no rakuin
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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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Gonzo crime-thriller astonishingly directed by Seijun Suzuki See more (36 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

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

Produced by
Kaneo Iwai .... producer
Takiko Mizunoe .... producer
 
Original Music by
Naozumi Yamamoto 
 
Cinematography by
Kazue Nagatsuka 
 
Film Editing by
Mutsuo Tanji 
 
Art Direction by
Sukezo Kawahara 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Masami Kuzû .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Yoshinobu Akino .... sound recordist (as Y. Akino)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
S. Mio .... gaffer
 

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Also Known As:
"Koroshi no rakuin" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
98 min | Argentina:99 min | USA:91 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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18 out of 21 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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