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Sukiyaki Western Django (2007)

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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.

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Credited cast:
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Taira no Kiyomori
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Ruriko
Yûsuke Iseya ...
Minamoto no Yoshitsune
Renji Ishibashi ...
Village Mayor
Yoshino Kimura ...
Shizuka
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Piringo
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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.

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An epic tale of blood, lust and greed.

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Action | Western

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

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15 September 2007 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,172 (USA) (29 August 2008)

Gross:

$48,034 (USA) (19 September 2008)
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[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?
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Spaghetti western homage that offers nothing new
19 March 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This Japanese-Italian crossover is a homage to the great spaghetti westerns of the 1960's and 70's. The oh-so familiar plot is reminiscent of Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece Yojimbo, later remade by Sergio Leone as a western with A Fistful Of Dollars. A brooding gunslinger arrives in a small town that has been torn apart and occupied by two warring clans - the reds and the whites. After advertising his expert gun skills up his arrival, he at first offers up his services to the highest bidder, but after realising the peril faced by the town's innocent natives, he decides that he can put his skills to better use and wage a war against the clans. All of this is seemingly told by a mysterious stranger played by Quentin Tarantino, who introduces the film at the beginning.

After the truly cringe-worthy opening scene, in which the aforementioned Tarantino shows off his acting 'skills' and mows down a few faceless bad guys and talks tough, the film seems to pick up some pace. The opening is deliberately designed to look cartoonish, with plastic looking sets and over-the-top blood spraying. It just doesn't work and thankfully moves away from this style and takes on a more traditional method. For all it's trying, the film never leaves second gear. The familiar storyline doesn't offer anything I've not seen before, and the decision to have the Japanese actors speak in broken English with subtitles is an interesting idea I suppose, but just becomes slightly annoying and confusing. I would expect better from a director such as Takashi Miike, who made the excellent Audition and Ichi The Killer. I just pray he doesn't become another homage-loving filmmaker like Tarantino.

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This movie sucked in so many ways. neosoul84-1
I thought it was great... why hate? blackandwhiteradio
Japanese Remake of 'Fist Full of Dollars' bzerker01
I liked it better when it was 'A Fistful of Dollars' duckman7777777
spaghetti western? not really. detsamurai
Looks like Miike pulled a Tarantino. sbac
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