No matter what Japanese director Takashi Miike turns his attentions to, it invariably is at least interesting. Famed for such genre films as Audition and Ichi The Killer, Miike has tried his hand at more striaghtforward horror films (the original One Missed Call), musicals (Happiness Of The Katakuris) and even a children’s fanatsy film (The Great Yoki War). Now he has turned his eye towards westerns and the result looks to be as eclectic as any of his other films.

Sukiyaki Western Django looks to combine spaghetti westerns with period Japanese sword play and will feature none other than Quentin Tarantino in its cast. The studio synopsizes the story as follows-

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.

Some new photos from the film have also been sent out and we offer them for your enjoyment. (Click to enlarge.)

Sukiyaki Western Django opens next month.

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July 24, 2008 2:13 pm

This film is a fun watch!