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neocowboy's avatar


This film is far too unique to be simply written off as crap.

Suzuki's style, especially in editing is so erratic it appears clumsy at first. His blatant disregard for basic cinematic rules in many of his films will certainly be off putting for a lot of viewers but he's not the first Japanese director to be so cavalier. This is the 3rd film of his I've seen and his eccentric sensibilities work for this oddball storyline.

Hey, it's good enough for Jarmusch to pay homage to.
7 years 8 months ago
TomServo's avatar


This movie really had me craving some hot, boiled rice.
3 years 3 months ago
akuma587's avatar


Wow, I was really impressed by this. One of the better Japanese movies I have seen.
9 years 1 month ago
Siskoid's avatar


Seijun Suzuki's whacked-out opus Tokyo Drifter is insane without being AS insane, and covers the same ground in terms of premise. Branded to Kill follows a Yakuza hit man who, after failing on an assignment, becomes the prey of every other hitman. While Drifter went for musical colors, Branded features deep noir photography, which only serves to make the sex and violence more disturbing. And yet, it's also funny, especially the crazy hits our boy gets up to, and the action scenes resulting from his screw-up. When a 50-year-old movie surprises me again and again, it's a sign that more people need to discover it so present-day action flicks can reference it. Suzuki can't help but be experimental, veering on the surreal, embracing the weirdest aspects of the French New Wave, but giving everything a slick formal look that feels very Japanese. You might well wonder if the fabled No.1 Hitman is real or a part of the protagonist's psyche. I mean, what's the point of all the butterflies if this isn't going to be a transformative experience for him... and for us?
11 months 1 week ago
rodion-z's avatar


Brilliantly absurd!
9 years 8 months ago
Prof. Lumpcicle's avatar

Prof. Lumpcicle

Slick art direction but it was begging to be in color. I feel like some of those set designs were wasted in B&W.
5 years ago
mightysparks's avatar


Crap indeed.
8 years 5 months ago
Zeltaebar's avatar


I was really dissapointed with this movie. A piece of crap if you ask me. One of the worst movies I've ever seen.
8 years 6 months ago
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