Sukiyaki Western Django


Last week, I got to watch one of director Takashi Miike’s (Ichi the Killer, Zebraman) latest films, Sukiyaki Western Django.  It’s a play on the spaghetti westerns of the 1960s, particularly the spaghetti western Django. It’s mixes Japanese history, such as the Genji and Heike clan riverly, into the western genre. In this movie, the Genji and Heike clans (also referred to as the whites and the reds respectively) are both claiming stake in this small village. A lone gunman comes into town and decided to help this mother and son caught in the middle.

So what’s special about this movie? For one, it’s in English. By that, I mean the Japanese director Takashi Miike made a film with an almost entirely Japanese cast and crew (exception being Quentin Tarantino), and he had all the actors speak primarily in English. It’s a neat idea, but it can be hard to follow at times with the heavy accents if you watch with just audio.

So how’s the movie? It’s pretty decent and enjoyable. The action was fun, and there was plenty of blood and loss of limbs as one would expect from Miike. Mostly gun fights, but there’s some sword usage.

Has anyone else seen it? What are your thoughts?


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