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Sukiyaki Western Django [Blu-ray] (2007)

Kaori Momoi , Koichi Sato , Takashi Miike  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kaori Momoi, Koichi Sato, Quentin Tarantino, Takaaki Ishibashi, Teruyuki Kagawa
  • Directors: Takashi Miike
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,060 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Famed Japanese auteur Takashi Miike, best known for cult classics "Audition", "Ichi the Killer", and "The City of Lost Souls", redefines the spaghetti Western with SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO, a tale written in blood. Two clans, Genji, the white clan led by Yoshitsune, and Heike, the red clan led by Kiyomori, battle for a legendary treasure hidden in a desolate mountain town. One day, a lone gunman, burdened with deep emotional scars but blessed with incredible shooting skills, drifts into town. Two clans try to woo the lone gunman to their sides, but he has ulterior motives. Dirty tricks, betrayal, desire and love collide as the situation erupts into a final, explosive showdown.

The prolific Takashi Miike co-wrote and directed this strikingly postmodern remake of Sergio Corbucci's 1966 Spaghetti Western, Django. The story is much the same, but the highly stylized fusion of Japanese gangsterism and operatic musings on the Western form makes for a wild and unexpected cult movie. Still, there is not much here beyond the film's relentlessly creative surface, making Sukiyaki a bit wearying. Feuding for centuries, the Genji and Heiki clans both arrive in a 19th century Nevada town, determined to find hidden treasure rumored to be there. In the midst of their fighting comes a solitary gunslinger (Hideaki Ito) courted by each clan to work for them. When he refuses, the cross-currents of betrayal and murder escalate, and hidden truths behind at least one tragedy, and the real identity of an unlikely shooter, come to the surface. The film's energy, dynamic camerawork and almost tongue-in-cheek performances are fun and admirable, and Miike has a fascinating sense of composition. The story gets a little soft just past the halfway point and Miike attempts to fill the void with exhausting new ways of filming bloody mayhem for its own sake. Quentin Tarantino has a small role as a mystery man with a link to these events. --Tom Keogh

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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Warning December 7, 2008
By Elyon
First Look Pictures has done this film and viewers a disservice. Aside from cutting 23 minutes from the original theatrical release, thereby making the narrative chopped and damaging the more fluid presentation of the original film, they have also overly saturated the color and brightness of the film during the reminiscent episodes, as well as some of the segments concerning the "Reds." I will applaud them for providing better clarity in the sound reproduction for dialogue, but ultimately would recommend avoiding this blu-ray transfer (as well as their regular DVD, due to similar editing)in favor of the original theatrical release, which is available through various vendors: RedSun DVD; DVD Asian; or YesAsia. Alternatively, try to track down an Asian blu-ray that presents the original run-time and that also offers a better quality transfer than First Look.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "To Flourish Is To Fall ~ Life Is All About Goodbyes" December 7, 2008
Recipe for Film: Begin with one female assassin/warrior (Kaori Moimoi) worthy of the Goddess Kali in her most destructive form and place her in an 1800's Asian/western setting (Asian western?). Then find a tall, mysterious actor (Hideyaki Ito) who can pull off a Clint Eastwood-like persona to play the new stranger in town and another actor (Masanobu Yoichi) in an adversarial role who looks like he just stepped out of an Anime drawing. Simmer slowly while adding a generous portion of Kurosawa nihilism for 121 minutes until the screen is red with blood and just about everyone's dead. Dinner..., I mean entertainment is served!

That in a nutshell is Takashi Miilke's 'Sukiyaki Western Django'. If you enjoy; surreal imagery, subtle (and not so subtle) parody, faux depth and lots of death and destruction this is the film for you. And if that's not enough to keep you entertained how about taking a look at the lovely Yoshino Kimura as the ill-fated Shizuka? This one is certainly worth your time and the price of a bag of popcorn.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Payback is a b!tch, and she's in heat!" November 2, 2008
Takashi Miike is the very definition of a visionary filmmaker. To call him the most prolific director on the planet might be the understatement of the decade. The man churns out film after film with staggering variety, endless creativity, and a lot of style while never failing to smash every boundary of taste and genre. He's conquered the heights of truly disturbing horror, redefined disgusting, shown us horrific violence, that love is torture, and spoofed the superhero genre as well while making as many as nine films in a single year. No joke. So having crossed every line possible, what's left? Why not bring a katana to a gunfight and see what happens? "Sukiyaki Western Django" is to the western film genre what Kill Bill was to the martial-arts genre: a love letter in cinematic form from across the Pacific Ocean. And sure enough, Miike-sensei brought Quentin Tarantino along for the ride. Tighten your bootstraps, this one's a doozy.

I am not a fan of western films, but Asian cult cinema: hell yes. I would qualify this film as an absolute must-see for either/or and I imagine there is no shortage of western references and homages that flew over my head due to my inexperience with the genre.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO (2007) is Takashi Miike's spin on the Asian Western. While it may not be a wholly original idea, video games have experimented on this mixing of genres such as "Western Samurai", Eiichi Kudo's Fort of Death (1969) and the nearest attempt at an Asian western is Hong Kong's "Peace Hotel"; Miike's version is worth the buzz and the hype. The film exudes coolness and is surprisingly entertaining, it is a fitting tribute to Spaghetti westerns ("Sukiyaki" instead of "spaghetti") and chambara (samurai) period films. Also, a certain American director who loves Asian films makes an appearance as a cowboy who eats a pot of sukiyaki. That's right, Tarantino makes an appearance as a man named Pringo (a play on Pierrot and Ringo), this man certainly knows Miike's work and has repeatedly expressed that he is a fan of the acclaimed Japanese director.

Two opposing clans, the Genji and Heiki clans have taken control of a town called Nevada. Nope, this is a Japanese Nevada where the inhabitants' native tongue is English, they`re all Japanese folks with hybrid western-Asian outfits and Japanese monikers. A lone drifter (Hideyaki Ito), who is also very good with a gun, enters the town and is forced to pick a side. The stranger is so skilled that his joining an opposite clan would most likely tip the scales. The two rival gangs (eh, clans) are fighting over a legendary hidden chest of treasure and they have driven out almost all inhabitants except for a woman named Ruriko and the eccentric town sheriff.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
What a stupid movie !
Published 6 days ago by P.A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great A++
Published 1 month ago by Nicolas
5.0 out of 5 stars great
this is the second time I bought this movie. I lost the first one and I needed to replace it. great movie
Published 3 months ago by casey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This is more of a cukt film then and regular film if your not into cult movie you better skip this one
Published 5 months ago by Gilbert C. Spruhde
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be a CLASSIC!!!
I liked this one better than "Django Unchained." Tarantino is an actor in this one, which has NO semblance to "Django Unchained." A great movie!!!
Published 5 months ago by ReaderMeter
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange
This flick was a little strange but was enjoyable. I love the take on cowboys from these actors and while funny at times I did enjoy it.
Published 7 months ago by Roger H. Barron
5.0 out of 5 stars digital copy ..prefered over ultra violet
digital copy is a plus..big gain over restrictions imposed by ultra violet eg. too many proprietary issues involved with downloading a copy by this new streaming service
Published 8 months ago by Glenn Dunkel
1.0 out of 5 stars Dry
This movie was boring and sad. The best parts are in the preview. Just watch that and skip the rest.
Published 8 months ago by AAC
5.0 out of 5 stars Craziness
Just like a Quentin Tarantino movie. Action packed movie with the perfect amount of gore and silliness. Would recommend to any Tarantino fan.
Published 9 months ago by Lance Brasseaux
5.0 out of 5 stars This is going to be a classic
I love the time and efforts it must of took to learn to speak words you do not quite understand. The movis is crazy good and the Directing was fabulous!
Published 10 months ago by Michael Romero
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Unfortunately there wont be an extended version. The steelbook edition is the definitive release for western viewers.
Mar 31, 2009 by Istvan Kolnhofer |  See all 2 posts
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