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« Reply #60 on: September 13, 2007, 07:43:58 AM »

a more positive movie review...

http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/review/1905



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« Reply #61 on: March 01, 2008, 11:12:45 AM »

Watched this last night and it's pretty bad for the first hour but when the action comes after that it's actually pretty nice. The QT opening is awful. The way this sequence is shot is beautiful and reminiscent of KWAIDAN's visual style. QT makes this scene grating for attempting a Southern accent then switching to a Japanese one.

The only other problem is that all the Japanese actors speak their lines in English with most of them obviously speaking them phonetically like in Miike's IMPRINT. It's kind of funny as the actors stretch a lot of the dialog out--"Whoooo are yoooouuuuu?" as an example. After a while, it gets better and this isn't very noticeable but a couple of the actors speak their lines very well and clearly. On this dvd you can watch it with Japanese dubbed over but no English subs. I can imagine the Japanese dub will be right funny.

Either way, it appears Miike isn't taking the whole film seriously with some of the goofy shenanigans going on although the film takes a more serious turn during the second hour. Some of the characters are great like one of the main villains who likes to duck behind his own men so they can take bullets for him. Another poor soul is being trained to catch a sword in his hands at the right moment as another slices downward towards his skull only to miss the blade as it burrows into his head. He then begins clasping his hands together after the fact.

Don't expect ICHI levels of violence. While it is violent in places, it never reaches the plateau of grue of some of his earlier films. A decent Morriconesque soundtrack and a fair number of homages will instantly stick out from the Leone trilogy as well as Corbucci obviously but anyone expecting a remake of DJANGO will be sorely disappointed as the character doesn't even figure into the movie. He never gets to use his gatling gun. Another character does, though. In fact, the main protagonist looks very similar to Guiliano Gemma which I read was the reason for his casting. Miike's DJANGO is more a remake of FISTFUL OF DOLLARS than Corbucci's movie. But the film retains the muddy atmosphere of Corbucci's movie as well as the coffin with the gatling gun, the spooky, mud-caked graveyards with lots of crosses. There's seemingly also a reference to THE SPECIALIST as one of the villains reveals a suit of armor under his clothes after another villain using some kind of curved bullets(!) plugs him multiple times. For those that like him, Tarantino pops up again later in the film this time buried under a lot of latex.

The best thing this movie has going for it is the cinematography. The visuals are gorgeous to look at and Miike pulls off some bravura shots built around his plethora of quirky characters. Some simultaneously striking and eerie shots throughout and once you get used to the fact that this is a Japanese homage/tribute to spaghetti westerns the film as a whole is a bit more smooth sailing.

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Forgot to mention, the DJANGO theme pops up during the end sung in Japanese and using electric guitar and it was very faithful and very well done, IMO. There's also a joke at the end with a closing title referring to a little Japanese kid who grows up to be DJANGO although I'm not sure if this is just a funny coda or if it means there will be another FULL FLEDGED movie utilizing the coffin toting hero.

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« Reply #62 on: March 01, 2008, 06:17:33 PM »

Thanks for the review AC  Afro

It's certainly worth watching, even if it's not as great as one might expect it to be. I'll have to be the judge of it when i do get around to seeing it.

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« Reply #63 on: August 31, 2008, 10:30:02 PM »

I know this film is on here some place anyway Banjo will fix so I'll park it here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/29/movies/29djan.html

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« Reply #64 on: August 31, 2008, 11:21:34 PM »


This film is worth a look. I'm not going into it with high expectations though.

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« Reply #65 on: September 01, 2008, 03:20:48 PM »

compared to what ?...i'll bite  Azn

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« Reply #66 on: September 03, 2008, 01:49:54 PM »

Save your money it's an awful movie.

They're going to release it here cut which will probably end up being an improvement.
The best scene is the first five minutes.
You can leave the theatre after that and come back for the final 10.


EDIT: fuck. I'm at a public library and they don't allow you to "cut and paste".
CJ go to the search engine and type in "Django Remake".
Then tell Banjo to merge this thread with that.

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« Reply #67 on: September 04, 2008, 08:26:26 AM »

I know this film is on here some place anyway Banjo will fix so I'll park it here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/29/movies/29djan.html

Fixed!  Wink

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« Reply #68 on: February 12, 2009, 04:54:35 PM »

Watched the first 30 minutes and decided I was wasting my time with this movie. Maybe I will give it another go some other time, but I doubt it.  Undecided

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« Reply #69 on: March 16, 2010, 12:10:17 AM »

Watched the first 30 minutes and decided I was wasting my time with this movie. Maybe I will give it another go some other time, but I doubt it.  Undecided

Same here. Tried a few days ago and... this is horrible. Couldn't make it past the first 20 or 30 minutes.

I'll try again one of these days.

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