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Action & Adventure, Art House & International and Westerns movie directed by Takashi Miike

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ONE OF THE MOST FUN FILMS EVER

  • Dec 23, 2010
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SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO

Takashi Miike is one of my all time favorite filmmakers and for good reason I think, he makes highly entertaining films. Whether they are pure genius classics or just straight fun and entertaining I have enjoyed them all, from the all time classic "Audition" all the way to this one and beyond. Add in that my favorite filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is in this insanely fun flick and it makes for a great time. Taking a bit from another Western Django by Sergio Corbucci and with a mix of other films influence mixed in Miike takes us on a fun ride.

The film is about a small town called Nevada in which a treasure chest is said to exist with all kinds of, you guessed it, treasure inside. This of course brings in all kinds of baddies like two clans [red & white] who want the chest for themselves of course. Neither side wants the other to find it so they both live in the town running out the locals and waging war on one another. That is until a lone gunman [Hideyaki Ito] walks into town and walks right into the battle; of course each side wants him on their side. So the battle rages on with each side trying to get this man on their side as the body count rises and the action/comedy picks up.

The look of this film is amazing mixing the spaghetti western and samurai styles and looks together in a very intriguing hybrid. The sets and costumes are marvelous and just add to the fun that is taking place before you. The action in this film is extremely fun as well mixing in martial arts with all kinds of gunplay and explosions, all you could ever ask for. The humor here is great as well ranging from just extravagant like shooting into the wind as to hit your target when it brings you back, to the stylized and gritty humor that Tarantino himself is known for.

Speaking of Tarantino you can tell he was having all kinds of fun here especially since he always wanted to act. Any one who knows his history and style they know he was perfect to be the westerner in this film. Hideyaki Ito is perfect as well as the love gunman that walks into town and pulls off the role nicely. Kaori Moimoi, Yoshino Kimura, and the entire cast as well are just so terrific in this film, it is really great.

Miike has crafted a super fun style over substance [if we are being honest] film that has that mainstream appeal at the same time it will be a cult classic, hard to do. From the wonderful cinematography to the over the top action all his here one could ever want. There are all kinds of other styles and films blended into this one movie and it is fun seeing all of them if you are fan of any of the films that are referenced. This may not be the best movie ever made but it is a runner for most fun for sure, any movie with a scene were one man can catch a sword before it slices into his head and the next man can't [hilarious scene] is great in my book.

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January 20, 2011
I liked the 98 minute cut of this film but I wish I could see the international version which is about 30 minutes longer or so. At any rate, the film is a fun watch for sure. Thanks for sharing!!! Great job!
February 19, 2011
Oh yeah, one of the most fun ones I have seen.
 
December 24, 2010
Yep. I think you saw the uncut version since the U.S. release was trimmed down to 98 minutes. The extended original cut had more scenes of action and coolness. Great review!
December 24, 2010
Indeed, I actually own both versions thanks to the lady, I have no idea why the American releases always cut stuff out and change things around some times.
 
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This may not be the best movie ever made but it is a runner for most fun for sure, any movie with a scene were one man can catch a sword before it slices into his head and the next man can't [hilarious scene] is great in my book.
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Two clans the white genji clan led by yoshitsune and the red heike clan led by kiyomori battle for a legendary treasure in a desolate mountain town. One day a lone gunman drifts into town. Two clans try to woo the lone gunman to their side but he has ulterior motives. Studio: First Look Home Entertain Release Date: 11/11/2008 Run time: 98 minutes Rating: R

The prolific Takashi Miike co-wrote and directed this strikingly postmodern remake of Sergio Corbucci's 1966 Spaghetti Western,Django. The story is much the same, but the highly stylized fusion of Japanese gangsterism and operatic musings on the Western form makes for a wild and unexpected cult movie. Still, there is not much here beyond the film's relentlessly creative surface, makingSukiyakia bit wearying. Feuding for centuries, the Genji and Heiki clans both arrive in a 19th century Nevada town, determined to find hidden treasure rumored to be there. In the midst of their fighting comes a solitary gunslinger (Hideaki Ito) courted by each clan to work for them. When he refuses, the cross-currents of betrayal and murder escalate, and hidden truths behind at least one tragedy, and the real identity of an unlikely shooter, come to the surface. The film's energy, dynamic camerawork and almost tongue-in-cheek performances are fun and admirable, and Miike has a fascinating sense of composition. The story gets a little soft just past the halfway point and Miike attempts to fill the void with exhausting new ways of ...
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Director: Takashi Miike
Genre: Foreign
DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
Runtime: 98 minutes
Studio: First Look Pictures
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