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« : September 13, 2007, 05:20:46 AM »

Sukiyaki Western Django (2007, directed by Takashi Miike)

(Before this Midnight Madness screening started, a short filmed intro from Miike was played that expressed his hope that, among all the English language Japanese westerns playing at the festival this year, his would be among our favorites. It also includes his email address. Now, I'm not going to post his email on the open web for every creepy-crawly spam spider to find, but if you want to pester Miike to ask him what the hell Gozu was actually about or something, email me, or send me a message on Facebook, and I'll pass it along...)

Quite possibly the silliest Miike film yet, Sukiyaki Western Django is his take on the classic Fistful of Last Red Yojimbos Harvesting Standing Dollars story. A mysterious, nameless stranger rides into a town torn apart by two warring factions, and proceeds to play one off against the other in an effort to wipe both factions out. Naturally mayhem ensues, with 'mayhem' in this case meaning one gang leader who looks down on samurai as preening poseurs, another who thinks he's Shakespeare's Henry VI, a town sheriff who seems to have watched the 'Smeagol vs. Gollum' scene in the Two Towers a few too many times, a gatling gun, 'Indians' whose traditional native instruments seem to be the trumpet and didgeridoo, and Quentin Tarantino.

Oh, and all the actors (including, apparently, Tarantino) are speaking phonetic English. Really, you're missing something in your life until you've seen Japanese actors dressed up like cowboys muddling through lines that contain phrases like "I reckon" and "y'all ain't".

As with most Miike films it's about 15 minutes too long and is a bit visually muddled, but that comes with the territory. The central gag of the premise is strong enough to carry the movie, and the jokes (everything from the fact that the story apparently takes place in Nevada, to QT's line about where he came up with his son's name) rarely let up.

This one's definitely among Miike's better efforts when it comes to pure entertainment value.


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« #1 : September 13, 2007, 05:51:15 AM »

That sounds like a lot of fun. ;D But I'm not sure if I really want to see it...



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« #2 : October 04, 2007, 12:40:01 PM »

Check out the funny pics from the movie:

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/sukiyaki_western_django/gallery.php?page=19&size=lores&nopop=1

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« #3 : October 04, 2007, 07:08:07 PM »

We've written about this before.


http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=4704.0


Appreciate the interest but please check the search engine.




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« #4 : October 05, 2007, 06:51:49 AM »

sounds good for a a laugh


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« #5 : October 10, 2007, 11:36:31 AM »

We've written about this before.


http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=4704.0


Appreciate the interest but please check the search engine.



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« : October 10, 2007, 11:39:58 AM roger_d »
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« #6 : October 11, 2007, 02:10:30 AM »

I think this is a different piece of information... and roger_d isn't the only one to post about something already mentioned, it happens all the time. Roger, I'm protecting you, because it happens to me, too. ;D

BTW, Firecracker, with my recent experiences with search engine - it probably wouldn't help anyway. Try to look for something there and see what you get...



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« #7 : October 11, 2007, 05:20:51 AM »

I can sympathize with you on searching for Zapata Westerns which was a thread I had started I kept getting more entries for Westerns than Zapata


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« #8 : October 20, 2007, 11:27:30 AM »

I searched for my Czech Republic thread and for no obvious reason the first entry was... something completely different; and I got many results that had absolutely nothing to do with it. My very Czech Republic-esque thread was secong or third (which was a very lucky result with what the search engine does now).



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