The film that got master filmmaker Seijun Suzuki fired from his production company for being "incomprehensible." Joke's definitely on them given Branded to Kill is now considered a classic of Japanese cinema and one of the best of its era. This film was truly ahead of its time for a number of reasons: experimental editing, untraditional narrative structure, blatant surrealism, and heavily stylized direction. It's one of those films that succeeds at the difficult task of being both challenging and flat-out fun, never taking itself too seriously despite being highly artistic. It may not always be clear exactly what's going on, but I think people often fail to appreciate that with a film like this that's part of the appeal - it adds to the bizarre nature of the film and allows for scenes that wouldn't be possible if not for the dream-logic approach. Suzuki manages to serve up unique and memorable sequences one after the other and there are a few super well-executed and entertaining action sequences. He and his crew clearly had a lot of fun making this film and, despite its challenging and avant-garde qualities, that fun-loving approach is infectious and translates beautifully.
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