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Sukiyaki Western Django (2007)

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A nameless gunfighter arrives in a town ripped apart by rival gangs and, though courted by both to join, chooses his own path.

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Takashi Miike
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hideaki Itô ... Gunman
Masanobu Andô ... Yoichi
Kôichi Satô ... Taira no Kiyomori
Kaori Momoi ... Ruriko
Yûsuke Iseya ... Minamoto no Yoshitsune
Renji Ishibashi ... Village Mayor
Yoshino Kimura ... Shizuka
Quentin Tarantino ... Piringo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takaaki Ishibashi ... Benkei
Teruyuki Kagawa ... Sheriff
Taigi Kobayashi Taigi Kobayashi
Yutaka Matsushige
Toshiyuki Nishida Toshiyuki Nishida
Shun Oguri ... Akira
Masato Sakai Masato Sakai ... Taira no Shigemori
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Storyline

A revolver-wielding stranger crosses paths with two warring clans who are both on the hunt for a hidden treasure in a remote western town. Knowing his services are valuable to either side, he offers himself to the clan who will offer up the largest share of the wealth. Written by IMDb Editors

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An epic tale of blood, lust and greed. See more »

Genres:

Action | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, including a rape | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 2007 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Düello See more »

Filming Locations:

Tsuruoka City, Yamagata, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,172, 31 August 2008

Gross USA:

$48,034
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Runtime:

| (international cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Quentin Tarantino later on directed his own Django movie, Django Unchained (2012). See more »

Goofs

In the final scene, the Gunman goes from having a mustache and goatee to being clean shaven between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ringo: [shoots a snake out of the claws of a flying hawk and cuts egg out of it]
Cowboy: [draws his gun on Piringo and whistles appreciatively]
Boss: Piringo. Been looking for you. It's the end of the road for you.
Boss: [gong] What's that sound?
Ringo: That's the sound of the Gion Shoja temple bells.
Boss: What?
Ringo: You know, those Heike and Genji boys. On a distant island, these to clans split into the Reds and the Whites. Waged a war. Sort of like that, uh, War of the Roses, ya know? In England?
Boss: Who won? The Whites?
Ringo: This ...
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Alternate Versions

The international cut version, shorter by 23 minutes, omits several scenes for pacing reasons and also all the scenes where the big Genji/Minamoto henchman after having his balls shot off develops a crush for his leader Yoshitsune. This version was screened at several film festivals and is featured on most of the DVD releases outside of Japan. See more »

Connections

References Yojimbo (1961) See more »

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Read this before you side with all the negative reviews . . .
27 September 2008 | by Jacques98See all my reviews

I'm not entirely sure I understood the plot of Sukiyaki Western Django, mainly because I couldn't understand the dialogue very well, but I still can say it's unlike anything I have ever seen. In a time when ridiculously unoriginal films are hailed by critics and average viewers alike, it's great to see something truly different come to the screen. Sukiyaki Western Django takes the oldest subgenre in American cinema, the western, and spins it until it is original again—and it works.

I have never been a Takashi Miike fan at all, honestly. I have only seen this and Audition, but Audition was boring and cliché enough for me never to give him a second thought. Sukiyaki Western Django, however, shows his true capability as a director and that he isn't just another run-of-the-mill carbon copy like I originally thought after viewing Audition.

Sukiyaki Western Django is very dialogue heavy, but it still packs a lot of action and a lot more character deaths than is standard for this type of film. People are calling this movie gory, but it isn't. The blood is pretty generic and typical, though maybe a little more than your standard action flick. This didn't really disappoint me as much as it does in other movies, because blood isn't really needed in Sukiyaki Western Django. It carries itself with style and a lot of intense action.

I think the reason this film is getting so many negative reviews is because people don't get it. You really have to be a fan of the genres it imitates to understand it fully, even though the plot is simple. Two rival gangs, and one man, a gunslinger, they both need. The rest is a mix between action and art that simply stunned me. The town itself is so diverse it almost becomes its own character, and in a way it is. The aesthetic of some of the action scenes go so much further than the typical slow-mo Matrix rip-off you're used to and really creates a style all its own. The technical beeps in the background gave off a really cool surreal, modern feel that isn't overdone or annoying.

The acting worked for the genre, even though most of it is terrible and hard to understand. The entire Japanese cast, minus Tarantino, worked because they all spoke English, which just added to the cool-weirdness. I'm sure if your high school English class tried to analyze every figurative detail it would take weeks. Just put it this way: as far as the formula goes, Sukiyaki Western Django is both original and complex to the point of insanity. I simply cannot understand how this is by the same man who wrote/directed Audition.

Overall, I'm going to quote something I heard someone say after they viewed Sukiyaki Western Django: "Well, that was different, but I wouldn't call it entertaining." That is the view a lot of people are going to have, and I can't deny people will think that just because I personally disagree with it. It comes very close to being too top-heavy with aesthetic for its own good, but, for me, it was still very entertaining and awing. I can't say anything else except that you need to see this and make up your own mind. It is original, that's not my opinion, and if you're like me and enjoy more than the typical Hollywood movie you MUST see this. If you can care less about originality and just want another typical western you've seen time and time again, don't bother.

It really matters what your opinion on entertainment is. But I loved it.

8/10


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