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Branded to Kill: Arthouse 101: International New Wave


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Branded to Kill: Arthouse 101: International New Wave

Branded to Kill: Arthouse 101: International New Wave

Our Arthouse 101: International New Wave series takes a lesson in Yakuza suave with one of many Seijun Suzuki classics -- 1967's Branded to Kill.

Goro Hanada (Joe Shishido) is a contract killer hired by a mysterious woman named Misako (Annu Mari) for a hit that seems to border on impossibility. When the mission almost inevitably fails, Hanada is hunted by the even more mysterious (and phantom-esque to boot) Number One Killer (Koji Nanbara). Quickly waging war, the Number One Killer imbues his method with techniques that threaten to push not only Hanada's life past its fringes, but his sanity as well.

The film that made Suzuki a countercultural icon for its narrative vivacity, Branded to Kill distincts itself from any other film through its playfully absurd, borderline anarchic sensibility.

The Frida Cinema's Art House 101: International New Wave series has been made possible with generous support from the City of Santa Ana.

City of Santa Ana

  • Rating NR
  • Running time 91
  • Genre Arthouse 101

Movie Times

Tuesday, April 23rd