Sukiyaki Western Django Review, by Derek Elley of Variety

Best sequence is the prologue, with Tarantino (in a luridly colored desert-ranch set) playing gunslinger Piringo. After doing some spectacular things with a gun, a hawk and a snake, poncho-wearing Piringo tells the story of the (red-clad) Heike and (white-clad) Genji clans, who clashed at the legendary Battle of Dannoura in 1185. Half the joke is that Piringo speaks English like a cross between Toshiro Mifune and Takakura Ken; the other half is that it's Tarantino having a rocking good time.

Main yarn is set "several hundred years after the Battle of Dannoura" -- the late 1880s, if some gravestones are to be believed -- in the small, dust-blown town of Yuta, Nebada (Japanese does not have the "v" sound). Looking like a spaghetti-Western set crossed with a samurai movie, Yuta is ruled by both the Heike, led by mad, volatile Kiyomori (Koichi Sato), and the Genji, led by epicene, cool-headed Yoshitsune (Yusuke Iseya, grabbing most of the acting honors). Both clans have been lured by the promise of gold in them thar hills.

To read the rest of this review, visit Variety.


Want to comment on this? First, you must log in to your SideReel account!