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Branded to Kill

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Original title
Koroshi no rakuin aka
AKA
  • Branded to Kill
Year
Running time
98 min.
Country
Japan Japan
Director
Screenwriter
Hachiro Guryu, Takeo Kimura, Chusei Sone, Atsushi Yamatoya
Music
Naozumi Yamamoto
Cinematography
Kazue Nagatsuka (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Nikkatsu
Genre
Action. Film noir. Drama | Yakuza & Triad
Synopsis / Plot
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 gun's sight at the exact moment he pulls the trigger, causing him to miss the shot. This failure means that the killer becomes the target, and must run for his life from his former employers, and the mysterious "No. 1 Killer." While the film does contain some spectacular action sequences, the story is played less as a suspense thriller than as a surrealistic, psychosexual nightmare, filled with grotesque imagery and strange touches, from Hanada's fetish for the smell of boiling rice, to Misako's use of a dead bird's corpse as a rear-view mirror decoration.
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