Branded to Kill
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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 centers on Hanada, a.k.a. "No. 3 Killer," the third-best hit man in Japanese organized crime. Near the top of his game, his fortunes change when he encounters Misako, a mysterious, death-obsessed woman who brings him a particularly difficult mission. In a famous moment indicative of the film's eccentric sensibility, a butterfly lands on his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"'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."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"An arresting cocktail of sex, violence and surrealism, shot in monochrome hues which accentuate the perversity of the entire twisted venture."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"More of an instant hit than a slow-release of pleasure. But well worth it."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"Branded To Kill thrums along to an irresistible hard-bop beat, with effortlessly stylish black andwhite cinematography and set-pieces straight from a pulp fiction fever dream."
‑ Ken McIntyre, Total Film
"Because its so free of the conventions of other crime thrillers, that in and of itself is thrilling. The disorienting camera angles and jumps in time are all part of the atmosphere."
‑ Eric Melin, Kansas City Star
"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)."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Director Seijun Suzuki outdid himself with this astonishing blend of yakuza movie, film noir and nouvelle vague."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Handsome; mad; haunting."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"The images remain so strong that we wonder whether the overall films began as mental images, unearthed from an artist's psyche to help construct probing popular entertainment."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, IdentityTheory
"One of the most bizarre movies ever made, a wildly perverse and incredibly stylish one-of-a-kind deconstructionist yakuza thriller."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Occasionally mystifying, but always witty, inventive and dazzling to look at."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Genuinely fascinating and bizarre."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Branded to Kill is a drunken dream of a film; the kind, once slept on, you can't believe you ever really saw."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"Seijun Suzuki doesn't do establishing shots, and when he does, they don't establish s***."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Director Seijun Suzuki melds eastern production values and western crime devices into a film with little inhibition and ample creativity."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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