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Ratings & Reviews

  1. NCMBianchi's rating of the film Branded to Kill

    Totally crazy movie: the score, the use of light, the type of narration and the editing all follow - without a mistake - a really weird story where death, fascination for it and yet the wish for survival mix together. A good example of how noir can be - and has been many times - a perfect mean for allegory.

  2. Eric Eidelstein's rating of the film Branded to Kill

    I'm all for a boiling rice fetish!

  3. thay's rating of the film Branded to Kill

  4. Naoya Kugimiya's rating of the film Branded to Kill

  5. Ashley Spendlove's rating of the film Branded to Kill

    Oozes cool and boldly asserts a strong other-worldly aesthetic, both quintessentially 60s but also ahead of its time. Any incoherence is compensated for by some nifty set pieces and a final third that enters existential territory as the rivals play cat-and-mouse within their strict warrior code - as if Pinter's The Dumb Waiter had been transplanted to Tokyo and given a big shot of adrenalin and an X-rating.

  6. miles's rating of the film Branded to Kill

    I'll rewatch this sometime in the future, first viewing didn't live up to the hype.

  7. smndvdcl's rating of the film Branded to Kill

    Jarmusch and Tarantino avidly paid homage to Suzuki and his satire of yakuza fiction with it's B-movie kitsch, problematic representations of women, incomprehensible plots and an overwhelming sense of anarchy. On one level, it seems like a Russ Meyer film, yet on another, akin to Dr. Strangelove. What a maverick.

  8. shoyle's rating of the film Branded to Kill

    Cinematography is amazing, a very inventive and stylish pulp thriller with a great soundtrack, but gender politics/representations are sketchy (in all senses of the word).

  9. patrick chen's rating of the film Branded to Kill

    A wonderful film that sucks you into its world the moment the plot begins. It is clear to see how much it has influenced many directors. NO. 1 indeed

  10. Nicolas Pierce's rating of the film Branded to Kill

    Bonkers, in the best possible way.

  11. Eva Bosch's rating of the film Branded to Kill

  12. Christofi Cotonou's rating of the film Branded to Kill

    Sniffing rice, having sex and blowing s**t up. Who needs James Bond, eh?

  13. MrSpaceman's rating of the film Branded to Kill

    Kitsch, kitsch, kitsch! And such 60s style! Also, some strange Japanese fetishes abound. However, great cinematography and excellent harpsichord jazz soundtrack. I could imagine Murakami, the novelist, being inspired by this calibre of flick. I'd like to see more!

  14. Superfrog's rating of the film Branded to Kill

    Photographically stunning, seems to have influenced a thousand film (Ghost Dog and the sink anyone?), but feels more like a collection of stunts than a self sufficient feature.

  15. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film Branded to Kill

    A bit of a crime classic from Seijun Suzuki, this strange and wonderful movie has style to burn, and benefits from Jo Shishido in the lead role. Three words can sum this up: Dangerous, cool, and, sexy.

  16. Anita G's rating of the film Branded to Kill

    Amazing cinematography. Although I didn't understand why the main character had storage pouches in his cheeks .. ? Fashion or disguise ?

  17. Dr. Q's rating of the film Branded to Kill

  18. SiIencio's rating of the film Branded to Kill

    Iconic and influential for many future directors who will borrow its coolness and wildness however as a wholesome piece on its own it's certainly an acquired taste. Suzuki's lack of focus, that cartoonist feel, the improvisation that often surfaces in many sequences, the championing of an effective slick style over its rudimentary noir skeleton, all these are issues that should not compare to greatness.

  19. Tja's rating of the film Branded to Kill

    Gave me a headache. Obsessive and driven, but not really engaging. People as robots. Mubi live streaming also took against it with a jiggering interference not apparent when I switched to a colour film.

  20. James Mackin's rating of the film Branded to Kill

    I kept wondering if anyone was ever gonna address the rice fetish.

  21. Nachtreich's rating of the film Branded to Kill

    Che cazzo ho visto. ☆☆ e mezzo.

  22. Christopher M. Jones's rating of the film Branded to Kill

    Suzuki usually leaves me cold but this is unquestionably a masterpiece. It's like a Pusha T video as scripted by Jim Thompson and envisaged by Carl Theodor Dreyer

  23. Aardsy's rating of the film Branded to Kill

    A singularly bizarre (and awesome) movie.

  24. Bram Vroonland's rating of the film Branded to Kill

    Branded to Kill is an immaculate film which once more shows that cinematic geniuses can easily overcome the confinements of a budget. The narrative, although at times fragmentary, is incredibly well set up visually. The visuals themselves are lush and the finale is amazeballs. Furthermore it almost seems like a theoretical piece about cinema itself (see the torture scene among others).

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