The Western Genre certainly has its own unique style when it comes to film. Of all the Westerns seen in class, there are definitely many parallels between each film that unify and give them each its own western vibe. For starters, Yojimbo, Fistful of Dollars, Django and Sukiyaki Western Django (after a great scene with Quentin Tarantino) all begin the same way; the viewers are introduced to the main character with his back turned against the screen, usually walking towards some form of danger and peril. This is perhaps a common technique used by many westerns to establish that its main character, besides a considerable amount of mystery, is an outsider.
Focusing solely on Django and Sukiyaki Western Django, each film has its own form of a desolate ghost town setting that also fits perfectly with the western genre. The town serves as the hub for conflict and action as any western is bound to have a variety of shootouts directly taking place within them. In Django and Sukiyaki, another common western genre aspect is that the main antagonists of the films take refuge within the town. When the antagonists are taken into account with the outsider who happens to stroll into town, the western genre has its prototypical plot.
Ultimately, the most iconic scenes of western movies are its showdowns. In any case, the typical western showdown exhibits the protagonist facing off against the antagonist for a battle to the death. A bit unconventional, the showdown between Django, with two broken hands, and General Jackson fulfill the western’s expectations. Although the class has not seen the ending of Sukiyaki, it can be expected that a showdown is bound to occur. No matter the commonalities between westerns, each film still provides the exhilarating and action packed experience that all viewers want in a good old western.