Week 10 Assignment

The Western genre is a popular one that has become known to most movie-watchers throughout the years. Although there was no tumbleweed in sight, Django and Sukiyaki Western Django shared many aspects of the Western genre throughout their plots.

I noticed that the shots in a Western are very distinct. To raise the suspense, there will be an establishing shot – usually vacant with houses or stores on the sides – that switches to a close-up of each character’s eyes just before a showdown. The music also gets heavier and louder during these violent scenes where fights are always over money and occur no longer than five minutes apart from each other. The deaths are uncountable and gunshots become background noise.

In Django, there was a fight scene where we saw the opponent from each character’s perspective. The filming was shaky but it put the audience in the shoes of the character giving it a feeling of realism. However, in Sukiyaki Western Django, realism was seldom. There was a lot of emphasis on movement as whooshing noises played every time a character swung a sword or so much as turned their head. Comedic exaggeration was present as one person got shot in the stomach and the bullet made a very large, unrealistic hole in the middle of his torso.

Between the two movies culture had a huge hand in the way the plot was carried out. However, the concept of both movies was the same. Different groups would fight each other until there wasn’t anyone left to fight. Both versions of Django the character managed to stylishly get themselves out of the toughest situations. In Django he accurately shoots a man without hands; in Sukiyaki Western Django he whistles for a horse and then escapes by jumping on it out of a window. The message is clear; it is impossible to defeat Django.

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