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Branded to Kill (1967)
Starring: Annu Mari, Koji Nanbara, Mariko Ogawa, Joe Shishido
Director: Seijun Suzuki
Category: Foreign, Drama
Studio: Criterion
91 mins



Seijun Suzuki's last film for Nikkatsu, Branded to Kill is the wildly perverse story of the yakuza's rice-sniffing "Number Three Killer."Sleazy yet elegant, Branded to Kill deconstructs gangster cliches and eluded censorship by the Japanese film board with its inventive use of framing and mattes.From a cookie-cutter studio script, Suzuki delivered this brutal, hilarious and visually inspired masterpiece--and was promptly fired.