Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Sukiyaki Western Django

Sukiyaki Western Django, inspired by Kurosawa's Yojimbo, is a 2007 Japanese Western. It's directed by Takashi Miike and features Quentin Tarantino. It's intended to be a prequel to the original Django movie. An extremely violent example of a violent sub-genre.


Slate describes it this way:
Sukiyaki Western Django is a blend of Buddhist philosophy, film noir fatalism, Shakespeare's Henry VI, and Japan's very own 12th-century Genpei War. It's a Wild West pageant of American history seen through Japanese eyes, reducing our entire frontier mythology to an ultraviolent grab for gold. says,
Intentionally camp, deliberately post-New Wave, Sukiyaki Western Django is good fun, but constantly veering from violent melodrama to parody and back, the movie eventually becomes too much of a macaroni-pizza-pasta-spaghetti-chambara dish, too much at the same time to be anything in particular.
Empire Online gives it 3 out of 5 stars and concludes: "Sumptuous at times but self-indulgent and incoherent at others." DVD Talk says, "To cram this review of Sukiyaki Western Django down to three words? It's fucking nuts." Rotten Tomatoes has a 55% critics score.


  1. Haven't seen it, but it sounds like an experience. Not sure if that's good or bad yet.

    1. we related to it because of the yojimbo and django connections. absent those, i'm not sure what we'd have thought.