‘Koroshi no Rakuin (Branded to Kill)’

by Mark Schilling

Director: Seijun Suzuki

Language: Japanese (subtitled in English)

Seijun Suzuki’s notorious 1967 cult-favorite film, “Koroshi no Rakuin (Branded to Kill)” may have a genre-standard plot — a hit man (Jo Shishido) bungles a job and has to go on the run — but it unfolds in a surreal dreamscape of lust, fear and death uniquely Suzuki. On July 28, Arrow Films will release a U.K. Version DVD and Blu-ray with new English subtitles and an array of special features, including interviews with Suzuki and Shishido.