DVD Branded to Kill [DVD] [Criterion Collection] [1998] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 10230),
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Branded to Kill [DVD] [Criterion Collection] [1998] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • In this cinematic masterpiece Seijan Suzuki transcends the B-movie genre. Fired after making it, he was unable to work for ten years. Branded to Kill follows the strange day-to-day existence of an expert hit-man who carries out his orders with steely determination and impassive cool. All hell breaks loose, however, when a butterfly alighting on his rifle scope results in a botched job, and a death sentence for the screw-up. Joe Shishido, with his collagen-enhanced cheekbones, makes a terrific antihero whose unusual quirks (Suzuki reasoned that a man obsessed with the scent of warm rice would signal to audiences that this guy was quintessentially Japanese) instantly endear him to newly-made fans.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): BRA90

  • Credits
    Jo Shishido, Joe Shishido, J Shishido, Mariko Ogawa, Annu Mari, Koji Nanbara
  • Critic Reviews
    "BRANDED TO KILL repeatedly mocks the tropes it supposedly serves...delivering a seemingly tragic finale with the timing and verve of a Marx Brothers gag." -- Grade: A
    A.V. Club

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