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Branded to Kill (Japan, 1967) & Youth of the Beast (Japan, 1963)
February 5, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM$10
UCLA Film & Television Archive; the Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution; Japan Foundation; and UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies present “Action, Anarchy, and Audacity: A Seijun Suzuki Retrospective.”
Branded to Kill (Koroshi no Rakuin) (Japan, 1967)
Directed by Seijun Suzuki
This fractured film noir is the final provocation that got director Seijun 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.”
Production: Nakkatsu. Producer: Kaneo Iwai. Director: Seijun Suzuki. Screenwriter: Hachiro Guryu. Cinematographer:Kazue Nagatsuka. Editor: Mutsuo Tanji. Music: Naozumi Yamamoto. With: Jo Shishido, Mariko Ogawa, Annu Mari, Isao Tamagawa, Kôji Nanbara.
DCP, b/w, in Japanese with English subtitles, 91 min.
Youth of the Beast (Yaju no Seishun) (Japan, 1963)
Directed by Seijun Suzuki
Director Seijun Suzuki himself claims that 1963 was the year when he truly came into his own, and Youth of the Beast is one of his breakthroughs. In his second collaboration with the director, Jo Shishido rampages through the movie, playing a disgraced ex-cop pitting two yakuza gangs against each other to avenge the death of a fellow officer. As the double and triple crosses mount, Suzuki fills the frame with lurid colors, striking compositions and boldly theatrical effects that signal a director breaking away from genre material to forge a pulp art form all his own.
Production: Nikkatsu. Producer: Keinosuke Kubo. Director: Seijun Suzuki. Based on a novel by Haruhiko Oyabu. Screenwriter: Ichiro Ikeda. Cinematographer: Kazue Nagatsuka. Production Design: Yoshinaga Yokoo. Music: Hajime Okumura. With: Jo Shishido, Ichiro Kijima, Misako Watanabe, Mizuho Suzuki, Shoji Kobayashi.
35mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles, 91 min.
FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.!
More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website