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Director: Seijun Suzuki     Starring: Shishido,Joe
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Format: DVD
Sku: 224918851
UPC: 715515090513
UPC 14: 00715515090513
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The Criterion Collection
When Japanese New Wave bad boy Seijun Suzuki (Tokyo Drifter) 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 (Joe Shishido, the chipmunk-cheeked superstar from Gate of Flesh) with a fetish for sniffing boiled rice who botches a job and ends up a target himself. This is Suzuki at his most extreme?the flabbergasting pinnacle of his sixties pop-art aesthetic.

"Always witty, inventive, and dazzling to look at.  Geoff Andrew, Time Out

Editor's Note
A not-quite tongue-in-cheek send-up of Japanese censorship and pat, by-the-numbers "Yakuza" gangster films, this gonzo feature follows a lower-level underworld assassin as he's toyed with and tormented by a higher-up after botching a job. Suzuki's strategically placed animated sequences obscured "offending" material, thwarting censors and delighting fans of the director's black humor.
Features
Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Black & White
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Criterion Collection
Video Release Date Release Date: 12/13/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 91 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1967
Video UPC UPC: 00715515090513
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio   2.35:1
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Koji Nanbara
Video Cast Info Mariko Ogawa
Video Cast Info Jo Shishido
Video Cast Info Annu Mari
Video Cast Info Naozumi Yamamoto - Composer
Video Cast Info Hachiro Guryu - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Kazue Nagatsuka - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Mutsuo Tanji - Editor
Video Cast Info Kaneo Iwai - Producer
Video Cast Info Seijun Suzuki - Director
Plot Summary
In this cinematic masterpiece Seijan Suzuki transcends the B-movie genre. Fired after making it, he was unable to work for ten years. 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 antihero 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.

Professional Reviews

A.V. Club
"BRANDED TO KILL repeatedly mocks the tropes it supposedly serves...delivering a seemingly tragic finale with the timing and verve of a Marx Brothers gag." -- Grade: A  01/11/2012

Sight and Sound
"It might be the most self-knowingly rebellious of New Wave films..." 03/01/2012

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