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Branded to Kill

Branded to Kill

Japan | 1967 | 91 minutes | Seijin Suzuki

February 16, 2020

Noir City

This colossal car wreck of a movie (hit-man competing to be hit-man #1) is a favorite of style-loving cineastes. Pure mayhem - leave logic at the door.

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Jô Shishido is back, competing to be Hit-Man #1. His tale is told in a non-linear mosaic of absurdly dynamic sequences, assembled in seemingly random order. The head of Nikkatsu, producer of the film, branded it "incomprehensible" and vowed director Seijun Suzuki would never work again, but this colossal car wreck of a movie has become a favorite of style-loving cineastes. Leave logic at the door and deeply inhale a pure hit of cinematic mayhem.

  • Original Language Title: Koroshi no rakuin
  • Director: Seijin Suzuki
  • Principal Cast: Joe Shishido, Koji Nanbara, Annu Mari, Mariko Ogawa
  • Country: Japan
  • Year: 1967
  • Running Time: 91 minutes
  • Producer: Kaneo Iwai
  • Screenplay: Hachiro Guryu
  • Cinematographers: Kazue Nagatsuka
  • Language: Japanese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes