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Branded to Kill ()

Koroshi no rakuin (original title)
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After a badly done assignment, a hitman finds himself in conflict with his organisation, and one mysterious and dangerous fellow-hitman in particular.

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Gorô Hanada (as Joe Shishido)
Mariko Ogawa ...
Mami Hanada
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Misako Nakajô (as Anne Mari)
Kôji Nanbara ...
No. 1
Isao Tamagawa ...
Michihiko Yabuhara
Hiroshi Minami ...
Gihei Kasuga
Hiroshi Chô
Atsushi Yamatoya
Takashi Nomura
Tokuhei Miyahara
Hiroshi Midorikawa
Akira Hisamatsu ...
(as Kôsuke Hisamatsu)
Iwae Arai
Yû 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
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Franz Gruber ...
Western man (uncredited)

Directed by

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Seijun Suzuki

Written by

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Hachiro Guryu ... (screenplay)
 
Hachiro Guryu ... ()
 
Mitsutoshi Ishigami ... (screenplay) (uncredited)
 
Takeo Kimura ... (screenplay)
 
Takeo Kimura ... () (uncredited)
 
Chûsei Sone ... (screenplay)
 
Chûsei Sone ... () (uncredited)
 
Atsushi Yamatoya ... (screenplay)
 
Atsushi Yamatoya ... () (uncredited)

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Kaneo Iwai ... producer
Takiko Mizunoe ... producer (uncredited)

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Naozumi Yamamoto

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Kazue Nagatsuka

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Akira Suzuki

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Motozô Kawahara

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Akira Yamashita ... executive in charge of production

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Masami Kuzû ... assistant director

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Yoshinobu Akino ... sound

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Kakuo Watai ... fight choreographer

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Saburô Mio ... gaffer

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Plot Summary

The number-three-ranked hit-man, with a fetish for sniffing boiling rice, fumbles his latest job, which puts him into conflict with a mysterious woman whose death wish inspires her to surround herself with dead butterflies and dead birds. Worse danger comes from his own treacherous wife and finally with the number-one-ranked hit-man, known only as a phantom to those who fear his unseen presence. Written by J. Spurlin

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Also Known As
  • Branded to Kill (United States)
  • Branded to Kill (World-wide, English title)
  • La marque du tueur (France)
  • Beruf: Mörder (Germany)
  • Branded to Kill (Germany)
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  • 91 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia 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 »
Movie Connections Followed by Pistol Opera (2001). See more »
Quotes Misako Nakajô: My dream is to die.
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