Jô Shishido is gangster number three. The third best hitman in town. He’s got a plan to become number one, but he’s got to try and survive the aftermath of a botched job first. All hell breaks loose as our triggerman stays cool under hopeless odds. The plot of Seijun Suzuki’s 1967 glam-noir bruiser is loose at best and the film often swirls into surrealism.
But Branded To Kill thrums along to an irresistible hard-bop beat, with effortlessly stylish black andwhite cinematography and set-pieces straight from a pulp fiction fever dream. Eraserhead meets Hard Boiled with a dash of Mad Magazine .
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