Sukiyaki Western Django (3 stars)

Sukiyaki Western Django

(15) 94min

(Contender DVD retail)


Japanese auteur Takashi Miike puts the wanton bloodletting and cruelty of Audition and his Dead and Alive series aside for this tongue-in-cheek spaghetti western. Throw in an acting turn from Quentin Tarantino, returning the favour for Miike’s cameo appearance in the Tarantino-produced horror Hostel , an English speaking Japanese cast, and a yellow/orange cinematographic pallet and this is undeniably a hyper-real universe.

The story takes place in a village where two rival clans (the red and the white) stand off against each other, in search of a fabled treasure when a hotshot gunman rides into town. There’s also a revenge story in here somewhere as well, which at least allows for the best moment in the film: an impressively yet simply choreographed ‘grief dance’. Special features include deleted scenes and a Q&A with Tarantino.

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