Sukiyaki Western Django

Sukiyaki Western Django: Takashi Miike’s Japanese take on the spaghetti western & samurai films of yesteryear. Most confusingly all dialogue is English, but it still requires subs because the Japanese actors (naturally) struggle to deliver the Americanized lines – everyone’s acting totally suffers because of this huge distraction. All of the action is good to watch, from the quick draws through to Gatling Gun mayhem and the action-packed showdown is pretty immense. The gang costumes are flamboyant and seeing the red & white colours constantly jumping out is a real treat on the eyes. Miike does a fantastic job of keeping it stylish throughout, whilst minimising his trademark ‘weirdness’ – although the sheriff character was truly pants. You can’t help but think that if he focused on perfecting one or two films a year instead of 5-6 he’d be one of the best directors on the planet. Overall there’s no denying this is a bunch of tried themes, concepts and characters tied neatly together and packaged as homage. Still, this one’s worth a watch if you like foreign and offbeat movies.

Score: 6/10

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2 comments
  1. wilfred said:

    i watched this without subtitles and had to stop halfway. truth is, i couldn’t understand what the actors are saying.

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  2. Paragraph Film Reviews said:

    I had no idea it was English so had the sub on, but I feel your pain. tried ignoring the subs as much as I could but just couldn’t understand! Would recommend giving it a 2nd shot as it’s not THAT bad when you get past the dialogue.

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