Thursday, June 2

Staff Picks (past events)Repertory Series ArchiveTime and Place Are Nonsense! The Cinema According to Seijun Suzuki

Branded to Kill

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Note: Also shows at Harvard Film Archive on Sunday, May 15 at 7 PM

(1967) dir Seijun Suzuki w/Jo Shishido, Mariko Ogawa, Annu Mari [91 min; DCP]
This fractured film noir is the final provocation that got Suzuki fired from Nikkatsu Studios, simultaneously making him a counterculture hero and putting him out of work for a decade. An anarchic send-up of B-movie clichés, it stars Jo Shishido as an assassin who gets turned on by the smell of cooking rice, and whose failed attempt to kill a victim (a butterfly lands on his gun) turns him into a target himself. Perhaps Suzuki’s most famous film, it has been cited as an influence by filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino, Jim Jarmusch, Park Chan-wook, and John Woo, as well as the composer John Zorn, who called it “a cinematic masterpiece that transcends its genre.”

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Thursday 6/2
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