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Sukiyaki Western Django

Japanese cult director Takashi Miike (Audition) makes his first foray into English-language filmmaking with this silly, gory western pastiche (2007) about an enigmatic stranger (Hideaki Ito) who rides smack into a bloody feud between rival clans. The movie is so full of references to Kurosawa's Yojimbo and the spaghetti westerns A Fistful of Dollars and Django that it barely rises above camp, and the Japanese accents are as thick as sagebrush (even Quentin Tarantino, spewing a mishmash of English and Japanese, is unintelligible at times). The most enjoyable element is the costume design of Michiko Kitamura, whose leather chaps, dusters, varsity jackets, and biker apparel emblazoned with floral and crane motifs look like something Jean-Paul Gaultier might have envisioned on peyote. R, 120 min.

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