July 21, 2008

Written by Nicole Pedersen

We’ve got four new images from the samurai western “Sukiyaki Western Django” to show you. The film is from Japanese director Takashi Miike – he’s the man behind the bit of ultraviolence known as “Ichii the Killer.” I honestly wish I could tell you more about what is going on in these photos, but I have no idea. Iam pretty sure I spotted Quentin Tarantino in one of them, though.

I can tell you that “Sukiyaki Western Django” is “inspired by” the 1966 spaghetti western classic “Django.” That’s the one where the gunslinger drags around a coffin with a machine gun inside. I’ve heard that the plot of Miike’s film bears no actual resemblance to “Django” (besides the title homage that is) but instead is some sort of remake of “A Fistful of Dollars.” I can also tell you that although the film features many stars of Asian action films (and Tarantino – don’t forget him) all the dialogue is delivered in heavily accented English. If Miike really wanted that authentic spaghetti-western feel he should have gone for the dubbed English, in my opinion.

Anyway, the photos look pretty cool – kind of like the anime series “Trigun” made flesh. Here is the synopsis that came with the photos:

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 poor mountain town. One day a lone gunman, burdened with deep emotional scars but blessed with incredible shooting skills, drifts into town. Expectations reach a boiling point as everyone wonders which gang the gunman will finally decide to join. Dirty tricks, betrayal, desire, and love collide as the situation erupts into a final, explosive showdown.

“Sukiyaki Western Django” will debut in limited release on August 28.

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