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also known as Koroshi no rakuin

Branded to Kill1967

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  • 3.9
When Japanese New Wave bad boy Seijun Suzuki 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 with a fetish for sniffing steamed rice (the chipmunk-cheeked superstar Joe Shishido) 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.

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“Branded To Kill” is the “Dr. Strangelove” of Yakuza movies. Seijun Suzuki dismantles the genre with cool precision, while casting a cynical eye to aspects of 1960’s Japanese culture: masculinity, sexuality, and what it means to be “number one!” It is a wonderfully twisted black comedy, accented with moments of disturbing imagery, and memorably manic comic performance by legendary tough guy, Joe Shishindo. Crime movies don’t get much weirder—or much better—than “Branded To Kill”!

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“Branded To Kill” is the “Dr. Strangelove” of Yakuza movies. Seijun Suzuki dismantles the genre with cool precision, while casting a cynical eye to aspects of 1960’s Japanese culture: masculinity, sexuality, and what it means to be “number one!” It is a wonderfully twisted black comedy, accented with moments of disturbing imagery, and memorably manic comic performance by legendary tough guy, Joe Shishindo. Crime movies don’t get much weirder—or much better—than “Branded To Kill”!

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totally super #1 _everything is on top super funny great visuals_it's just nuts & wonderful_i need some white rice

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Fun ride Japanese Noir with a great spy jazz sound track.Lots of humorous deaths and odd camera angles!(And a couple hot chicks)!

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Forever and always -- the ultimate in Cool Surrealism!

So many cool visuals from this one! Joe Shishido does an excellent job in this role that would stretch any top tier actor to their limits.

not my cup of tea...