Thursday, May 14, 2009

On DVD: "Sukiyaki Western Django"

Sukiyaki Western Django is an oddball hybrid of martial arts and spaghetti western from director Takashi Miike (Audition). It’s an off-balance, peculiar movie, but it’s also a lot of fun—full of ingenious visual gags, clever bits of business, terrific fight sequences, and striking photography (particularly in its opening sequence, which has the bold saturation of an early color picture).

Its problem is that it doesn’t really hang together as a coherent narrative—it’s more of a sketch revue of hot visuals and cool ideas. It doesn’t make a helluva lot of sense, but then again, those Leone westerns weren’t always a model of storytelling skill either—they were more about inconography and visual acumen. To that end, Sukiyaki Western Django is a worthy homage.

(Side note: I like the guy’s films as much as anybody else, but when are we going to band together as a people and refuse to let Quentin Tarantino do any more acting? I’m just asking.)

 “Sukiyaki Western Django” is available now on DVD and Blu-ray.

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