|"To see Seijun Suzuki's Tokyo Drifter and Branded to Kill for the first time is to be astonished. Not just by inventive delirium, overwhelming visual bravado and breathless action on the widest of screens, but also by the thought how could we not have known about this major film-maker?"
-- Simon Field, Director of the International Film Festival, Rotterdam
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. Criterion presents the American premiere in a pristine transfer from the original Nikkatsu-scope master with new electronic subtitles. This edition features a rare interview with Seijun Suzuki.
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