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 ... Taira no Kiyomori
Kaori Momoi ... Ruriko
Yûsuke Iseya ... Minamoto no Yoshitsune
Renji Ishibashi ... Village Mayor
Yoshino Kimura ... Shizuka
Quentin Tarantino ... Piringo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takaaki Ishibashi ... Benkei
Teruyuki Kagawa ... Sheriff
Taigi Kobayashi Taigi Kobayashi
Yutaka Matsushige
Shun Oguri ... Akira
Masato Sakai Masato Sakai ... Taira no Shigemori
Hideaki Sato Hideaki Sato
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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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An epic tale of blood, lust and greed. See more »

Genres:

Action | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Theres a part were one of the white bandits calls out for two of his henchmen "Ichiro" "Matsui", clearly a reference to both Japanese baseball MLB players. See more »

Goofs

While the main character fights on a snowy hill, his opponent cuts a bullet out of the air with his sword. It shows the bullet and sword both moving in slow motion, but the snow continues to fall around them at the normal speed. 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 high noon...
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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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References Akira (1988) See more »

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Awesome with subtitles
19 June 2009 | by seriousbusiness47See all my reviews

A strange movie, I must say. But before I go into the movie itself, I feel the need to talk about the case.

That's why I actually bought this movie, originally. Because the case was so...pretty. And Quentin Tarantino's name on it sealed the deal for me. The cover design is so well done and beautiful and artistic and many other synonyms of those, which provides the perfect segue into the movie itself.

It starts out with, of all people, Quentin Tarantino. The background is noticeably fake, a setting sun over the horizon painted onto a backdrop. I was a bit taken aback, at first, and I never really understood why, but I rolled with it. With the first words spoken, however, it became painfully apparent what this movies main problem would be.

You see, despite the fact that almost all of the cast uses Japanese as their primary language (I haven't verified this, but it's pretty obvious), the filmmaker, Takashi Miike, shot the whole thing in English. Thankfully, there are subtitles, but the lack of understandable speech presents a great barrier. It's basically the story of two clans, the Heike, led by Kiyomori/Henry (Kōichi Satō), and the Genji, led by Yoshitsune (Yūsuke Iseya), that are battling over a town for a fabled treasure. A mysterious stranger (Hideaki Ito) rolls into town, much like Clint Eastwood in those old movies that we love oh-so-much. This is a beautifully done movie, with many breathtaking scenes, exciting, lovable characters (for the most part), and plenty of blood and gore. Oh, and a rape, so keep the kiddies away from this one.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 2007 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Sukiyaki Western Django See more »

Filming Locations:

Tsuruoka City, Yamagata, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,856, 31 August 2008

Gross USA:

$50,659

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,725,258
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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