Branded to Kill (Blu-ray, Criterion Collection)

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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 31 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1967
  • Label: Criterion
  • Note: Video piece featuring new interviews with Director Seijun Suzuki and Assistant Director Masami Kuzuu
    • Interview with Suzuki from 1997
    • New interview with Actor Joe Shishido
    • Trailer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Japanese
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

A.V. Club - 01/11/2012
"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 
Sight and Sound - 03/01/2012
"It might be the most self-knowingly rebellious of New Wave films..."

Product 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.

Plot 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.

Plot Keywords:

Action | Black Comedy | Crime | Mishaps | Organized Crime | Orient | Recommended | Satire

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  • UPC: 715515090414
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