Branded To Kill (Criterion Collection)

Directed By: Seijun Suzuki

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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.


Studio Criterion Collection
SKU 224918851
UPC 715515090513
UPC 14 00715515090513
Format DVD
Release Date 12/13/2011
Black Comedy
Organized Crime
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
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
Seijun Suzuki
Name Shishido,Joe
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Cast & Crew
Koji Nanbara - Star
Mariko Ogawa - Star
Jo Shishido - Star
Annu Mari - Star
Naozumi Yamamoto - Composer
Hachiro Guryu - Screenwriter
Kazue Nagatsuka - Director of Photography
Mutsuo Tanji - Editor
Kaneo Iwai - Producer
Seijun Suzuki - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1967
UPC 00715515090513
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 91 minutes
Color B&W
Aspect Ratio
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Black & White
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Geoff Andrew, Time Out Always witty, inventive, and dazzling to look at.

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