Can’t agree with that. While Pussycat would seem to be the only Meyer film where at least something worked, Branded to Kill is only one of the several Suzuki films where most or all things worked. The fact that Criterion has released 6 Seijun Suzuki films on dvd should say something.
Branded to Kill was more like the peak of his developement, which doesn’t equal to best movie. Myself I think Tokyo Drifter is a better movie.
Oh yeah, don’t get me wrong. I agree. I don’t think that Branded To Kill is his only good film. I’ve seen Tokyo Drifter more times than Branded To Kill, because I enjoy watching it more. Tarantino, I think, was pointing out that Meyer’s and Suzuki’s techniques didn’t always work for them, but they worked in those two films. I don’t feel that way. My interpretation is that Branded To Kill is a culmination of everything that Suzuki was as a director. It’s like the film that sums up his career.
Branded To Kill had the crazy characters (rice-sniffer…wtf?), the inventive camera techniques and the almost complete lack of continuity. Branded To Kill was when Suzuki went to his absolute extreme and stamped his big fucking seal on it. But I don’t personally think it’s his best film. I think it’s his most different (which pretty much translates as least accessible) which is why I always mention it first when talking about Suzuki.