A yakuza enforcer is ordered to secretly drive his beloved colleague to be assassinated. But when the colleague unceremoniously disappears en route, the trip that follows is a twisted, surreal and horrifying experience.
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
Quentin Tarantino's character's name, Piringo, is probably an amalgamation of famous Pinkerton Detective Charlie Siringo, and famous outlaw John Peters "Johnny" Ringo. It may also be a reference to the "Ringo" films starring Giuliano Gemma. See more »
In the scene where The Gunman (Hideaki Ito) and Shizuka are intimate, you can see that The Gunman has had some kind of booster shot on his right upper arm that has left a scar. You see this as he takes off his shirt and then jumps into the bed.
Don't think is a booster shot but more of a bullet shot scar. See more »
[shoots a snake out of the claws of a flying hawk and cuts egg out of it]
[draws his gun on Piringo and whistles appreciatively]
Piringo. Been looking for you. It's the end of the road for you.
What's that sound?
That's the sound of the Gion Shoja temple bells.
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?
Who won? The Whites?
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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 »
Reading some of the reviews, I am surprise that others are confused as to the story. It is basically a samurai movie made as a Japanese western with Japanese cowboys instead of samurais. The story is almost the same as Yojimbo/A Fistfull of dollars. Stranger comes into town and gets the 2 opposing gangs to start killing each other. The difference being he has a sidekick in the kick ass Bloody Benten (female gunslinger). I think what makes everyone go "huh?" is its rather confusing opening with Quentin Tarantino and also the dialogue in heavily Japanese accented and enunciated English. It is rather jarring and does distract from the story. However if you have watched enough undubbed samurai movies you will be familiar with the style and delivery of the dialogue so the distraction goes away. The movie is nothing original but based on it simply being a gunfight movie its not bad.
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