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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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Release Date:
15 June 1967 (Japan) See more »
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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  (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 Sudo (as Takashi Nomura)
Atsushi Yamatoya

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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98 min | Argentina:99 min | USA:91 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Bullet With Butterfly Wings, 14 November 2008
Author: Joseph Sylvers from United States

"Un Chien Adalou" inspired Yakuza film, with some of the finest editing I've ever seen (that goes for the black and white cinematography too).

Butterflies, bullets, mirrors, again and again as death, action, and cinema, refracted around themselves and each other, in a whirl wind of jump cuts and shadows.

Fans of Lynch, Buneul, or Takashi Miike will enjoy. I can see how this inspired, a lot of film makers, but it still doesn't look like anything else I've ever seen. Much better than "Gate Of Flesh", my only previous Siejen Suzuki experience, though the plot is more intentionally confusing, the images and the experience on a whole, is inspired...and a very good, very strange time.

Like an miniature epic Spy Vs. Spy in Japan, in a dream you forget when you wake up in the mourning, but can't stop thinking about for the rest of the day. Funny too.

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