Sukiyaki Western Django (Steelbook Packaging)

Exactly how a film becomes a cult classic is still somewhat of a mystery to me.  The genre consists largely of movies or television shows which were never well accepted or particularly spectacular when they were initially released, yet went on to have a huge underground following.  Some directors seem to make those types of films nearly on purpose, flops with a huge afterlife.  Others are very successful, yet their friends are just cranking out the offbeat underground films.  Quentin Tarantino comes to mind.  Now there is a new movie out on DVD which certainly falls into that category.

Starting this November 11th, now available in special embossed metal case from First Look Studios comes the fantastic Asian and classic Western mix story of our lifetimes.  Sukiyaki Western Django is ready to shoot its way into your heart and bring an incredible story with a whole lot of fun into your life.  Bring home Takashi Miike’s newest cult masterpiece today!

As far as the title goes, sukiyaki is a Japanese dish in which items are cooked in a dish together without any sauces, western refers to the genre of the film and Django was a spaghetti western and the name of a character in the film.  Sukiyaki western Django – probably the most enjoyable movie name to say of all time.  The movie opens with a character that guns down his opposition in fantastic fashion then rescues a girl.  We then cut to the central story of the film, a distant island where two tribes, the Reds and the Whites war over the town and the legendary gold which is hidden somewhere in the area.  Then the gunslinger comes into town and threatens to upset the delicate balance of power.  He ends up with the Reds, but then the townspeople decide to stand up for themselves.  Enter the Bloody Benton and the temptress and a whole bunch of fantastic fighting, shooting, swordplay and the best of Western clichés and Asian action.  This film stars Hideaki Ito, Koichi Sato, Yusuke Iseya and Quentin Tarantino. 

The special features included in this DVD are English and Spanish subtitles, even though it was shot in English, a selection of deleted scenes, a featurette exploring how this film was made and previews for other films from First Look Studios.  Of course, as a reviewer, I got some extras, including two decks of cards covered in characters from the film, a whole bunch of stickers and a paper fan covered in Japanese writing.

This film is a rollicking blast.  It plays like an absolutely delightful mix of Quentin Tarantino and Frank Miller.  Some of the action scenes are simply breathtaking and the focus on color is nearly at a Wes Anderson level.  This is a loving update of the classic spaghetti western genre, so named because they were Westerns shot in Italy known for their gritty style and hyper-stylized and clichéd vision of the Wild West.  Seeing Quentin Tarantino was a blast and some of the Bloody Benton scenes are simply perfect.  This is the only Takashi Miike movie I’ve ever seen, but I will certainly look into his others after this gloriously bombastic cinematic adventure.

Go West, young man.

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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