Sukiyaki Western Django
is a Spaghetti Western
by Takashi Miike
starring almost entirely Japanese people, with almost exclusively English dialogue. There are two exceptions to both: one of each of them is Quentin Tarantino
, who opens the film in a flashback where he tells the age-old tale about a war, a recurrence of which he takes part in much later in his life
. He then throws an egg in the air, shoots 3 people whose blood splatters the backdrop, and then extends one hand to catch the egg to an accompanying slide whistle
. It's that kind of movie
The film takes its plot from the Spaghetti Western
film genre - Django
, among others, hence the name, although significant plot elements come from Yojimbo
and its de facto remake A Fistful of Dollars
is a hot pot or "steamboat" dish often used as a generic label of "Japaneseness".
This film contains examples of:
- Anachronism Stew
- Arbitrary Gun Power: Sometimes, gun shots will blow you across the room, and some times they'll just be annoying.
- Barehanded Blade Block: Played straight, then subverted for laughs.
- Bittersweet Ending: The two rival clans are defeated and the hero gets (but walks away from) the gold, but nearly every single one of his allies is killed by the end.
- Blown Across the Room: The Mercy Kill on the guy who gets a sword 6 inches in his head blows him out of frame.
- Do Not Call Me Paul: the leader of the Reds insists on being called Henry, instead of his birth name of Kiyomori, after Henry VI, because "in Shakespeare's story, the Reds win".
- Eternal Recurrence: The Genpei War, apparently.
- Faux Fluency: Filmed with English dialogue by Japanese actors, most of whom don't speak English all that well.
- Quentin Tarantino both has a line in Japanese and a line in English with a sudden dramatic Japanese accent.
- "QUUUUUEEEEAM GWWWWAAAAVVYYYYYY!!"
- Feuding Families: Minamoto and Taira.
- Flat "What.":
! Oh, how that lonesome sound brings me back. At the end, I am an anime otaku
Other Guy: "... What?"
- Gatling Good: See the 5 o'clock position on the page image.
- Hollywood Atlas: More astute viewers may notice that Nevada is not in Japan.
- Immune to Bullets: Bloody Benten reacts to being shot in the back 3 times by turning around and looking annoyed.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: Along with Barehanded Blade Block, the Whites/Genji's leader Yoshitsune can deflect bullets with his katana.
- Instant Death Bullet: If you're not a main character. See Arbitrary Gun Power.
- Kill 'em All: Nearly every character to have appeared on screen is dead by the last scene.
- Knight Errant
- Lady of War: Bloody Benten.
- Lead The Target: Used by the leader of the whites, Yoichi, who shoots "Henry" from kilometers away by "boomeranging" the bullets with gravity into his path. Three times!
- Madness Mantra: During the final battle, Henry keeps stating that "This time, the Reds win!"
- Nothing Up My Sleeve: The final gunshot.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: It is the Sheriff that kills the legendary Bloody Benten at the end of the movie. And he is immediately killed by the old woman from the mountains with a grave marker.
- Purely Aesthetic Era: More than one with Anachronism Stew.
- Red Oni White Oni
- Serial Escalation: How much can we eschew substance in favor of style?
- Snow Means Death
- Theme Music Withholding: A cover of Franco Migliacci's Django theme appears in the final scene.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill
- The Sheriff:
- Throw Away Guns: In one shot in the final battle, the protagonist throws an empty gun through a man.
- Together in Death: Ruriko and Toshiro
- Worthy Opponent: Yoichi claims to be searching for this his entire life and thinks he finds it in the protagonist.