Sukiyaki Western Django

Release Date: August 29, 2008
Limited release

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John Wayne is not shaking in his boots.

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161/196 Max Braden Pointless action. At least Shoot Em Up was guilty fun. If they're going to use paintball splatter effects, I'd rather see a spoof about paintball.

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Django is a classic 1966 Italian film by Sergio Corbucci that is considered the definitive "spaghetti western." Sukiyaki Western: Django is a Japanese adaptation (though all dialogue is in English) of that film by director Takashi Miike. With sukiyaki being a type of noodle dish, you can see what they did there.

The storyline is apparently slightly different than the original Django, though it's your typical western setup of a lone gunman coming to the aid of a town held hostage by rival gangs. Expect plenty of references and homages to the genre, and yes, the main character (Hideaki Ito) will be carrying a casket at one point.

The cast is more or less a who's who of Japanese films, though no names are recognizable to any American viewer, with the lone exception of Quentin Tarantino, who plays a small but important role within it. We also imagine the scene is very violent.

Sukiyaki Western: Django will be getting released in North America later this summer through First Look International, after opening in its home country last September. (Tim Briody/BOP)

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Main Cast Hideaki Itoh, Kaori Momoi, Koichi Sato
Supporting Cast Quentin Tarantino, Yusuke Iseya, Masanobu Ando, Takaaki Ishibashi, Yoshino Kimura, Teruyuki Kagawa, Masato Sakai, Shun Oguri
Director Takashi Miike
Screenwriter Takashi Miike, Masa Nakamura
Distributor First Look Studios
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Rating R
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