Branded To Kill (Jpn/Eng Sbt/Naqc)

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

Criterion Collection | December 13, 2011 | Blu-Ray

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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.

Video Release: December 13, 2011

Runtime: 91

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: Criterion Collection

UPC: 715515090414

Found in: Action / Adventure, Comedy, General

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Branded To Kill (Jpn/Eng Sbt/Naqc)

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

Video Release: December 13, 2011

Runtime: 91

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: Criterion Collection

UPC: 715515090414


Edition Description
  • B&W
  • Runtime: 91 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in Japanese

Synopsis

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.

Description

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.