Sukiyaki Western Django 0.0 stars

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Seeing that the spaghetti Western owes a debt to the samurai film β€” Fistful of Dollars, anyway, owes a debt to Yojimbo β€” cult director Takashi Miike takes things an illogical step further: a Japanese takeoff on the Italian horse opera, with the actors speaking barely intelligible English. It’s a step into lunacy, or at best into costume-party inanity. With Hideaki Ito,Yusuke Iseya, Kaori Momoi, and (no more intelligible than anybody else) Quentin Tarantino. 2008.

β€” Duncan Shepherd

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trere8 Nov. 26, 2008 @ 6:33 p.m.

Miike plays it like a contemporary international co-production b/w Corbucci and Gosha, pre-dubbed for your viewing pleasure. Rather than method, it emphasizes strong character types - like a bunraku or kabuki drama of the aftermath of the Genpei Wars. Momoi Kaori rocks the s***, abolishing all memory of that Geisha Memoirs crap. A screwball QT cameo kicks it off, with him emulating two distinct styles of dubbing and shrieking the refrain from Il Buono, Il Brutto, e Il Cattivo before CGI sukiyaki flies at the screen with the film's title branded onto a block of tofu. Watch for a brief but key cameo from the "Mercedes Zaro" cross out of the original Django. Uncompromisingly great.


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