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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 Kôichi Satô ... Taira no Kiyomori
Kaori Momoi ... Ruriko
Yûsuke Iseya ... Minamoto no Yoshitsune
Renji Ishibashi Renji Ishibashi ... Village Mayor
Yoshino Kimura 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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Who will be the last man standing? 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$48,034, 21 September 2008
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Runtime:

| (international cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The characters who are named have been so after actual historical figures in the Tale of the Heike. 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 »

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Remake of Yojimbo (1961) See more »

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SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO (Takashi Miike, 2007) **
18 March 2009 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This is further proof that cult Japanese director Takashi Miike is not for me: as can be deduced from the title, the film is a pseudo-homage to the Italian Spaghetti Westerns (though Django has almost nothing to do with it!). In fact, the plot is yet another rehash of Japanese master Akira Kurosawa's samurai classic YOJIMBO (1961), which had actually led to Sergio Leone kick-starting the Spaghetti Western subgenre with that film's first remake A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964)! Anyway, for Miike, this is typically violent fare – even more pointless than usual and all rather amateurishly assembled; besides, having the actors speak English results in unintentional laughter more than anything else (though Quentin Tarantino's absurd cameo is no less embarrassing: incidentally, I may well have been witness to the genesis of the picture back when these two mavericks 'butted heads' at the 2004 Venice Film Festival!). Needless to say, the squalid atmosphere peculiar to European Westerns is largely missing here…but, then, neither does the film extract particular benefit from its own country's heritage! With characterization tending towards mere posture (when it is not insipid), we are left with a clutch of stylized-but-hollow action sequences to grab the attention – all of which, ultimately, leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Perhaps mercifully, the version I watched is the shorter (by 23 minutes) International Cut.


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