Branded to Kill
Branded to Kill (1967)

A delirious fever dream of a film, Seijun Suzuki's Branded to Kill takes the familiar elements of "B"-movie crime drama and transforms them into something outrageously bizarre and unexpectedly poetic. The film's story… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 23, 1999
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

'Branded to Kill' is one of those films that feels so far ahead of its time, we may still not have caught up to it. The violence is raw, the sex even more so, and the monochrome photography is flawless.

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Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]

An arresting cocktail of sex, violence and surrealism, shot in monochrome hues which accentuate the perversity of the entire twisted venture.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

More of an instant hit than a slow-release of pleasure. But well worth it.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Reputedly one of Seijun Suzuki's finest works and unquestionably very stylish in its 'Scope framings (Jim Jarmusch copied a few shots from it in his Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai).

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Director Seijun Suzuki outdid himself with this astonishing blend of yakuza movie, film noir and nouvelle vague.

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Handsome; mad; haunting.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Occasionally mystifying, but always witty, inventive and dazzling to look at.

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Peter Bradshaw

Genuinely fascinating and bizarre.

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Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

Branded to Kill is a drunken dream of a film; the kind, once slept on, you can't believe you ever really saw.

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Hamada, the #3 killer with the rice-sniffing fetish, finds himself in trouble with the Organization after he falls in love with a woman with a death wish.… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Style made into substance. Just like Hausu, this is another movie that feels like it droped from some alternative dimension. Writting a review for this is… More
Randy Tippy
Nonsensical violence with some of the most poorly choreographed gunfights you'll ever see. A macabre train-wreck of a film that draws you in by appealing… More
El Hombre Invisible
Seijun Suzuki's Branded To Kill is a yakuza film for a unique sort of audience. The movie studio had approaced Suzuki to do a gangster flick and had given… More
Arash Xak
Not the weird for the sake of being weird movie that I expected but has many unconventional & absurd moments, Overall fun & funny
Ken Stachnik
It's Ghost Dog,,,on Japaneses LSD with alot of sex throne in for flavor