Week 10 Blog Post

                  The genre of Western films has the typical cowboys, gunfights, and abandoned towns with tumble weeds. When we watch a western movie we even know what music to expect. These typical aspects of western films are no different when talking about Django and Sukiyaki Western Django.   There were many similarities in this film when considering the plot and other elements, and there were some aspects that differed. One of the main similarities between these two movies is the idea of a solitary hero who saves the damsel in distress and rescues the town from their enemy. The Django of both films play the role of the town hero, even when it might not have been their intention. However, both characters had their weaknesses, and were beaten by their enemy but came back to save the day. The settings of both films are also similar, with both occurring in desolate towns.

               Red was a common theme in both films and it symbolizes the death and bloodshed that occurs. In Django, the general’s gang wore red masks and in Sukiyaki Western Django, the group wore red scarves around their forehead. There is also a red rose in Sukiyaki western Django to symbolize the blood of the young boy. Red is the color of hatred and death and both these films have a good way of incorporating red into the film so it had symbolic meaning.

                There were a lot of close up shots used in Django, whereas Sukiyaki Western Django contained more long shots to incorporate the large number of people in each gang and display the fight scenes. Since Django always wears a hat and we can barely see his face, close-ups are important in conveying his emotions and thoughts. The camerawork was instrumental in incorporating all the fights and leaving the audience guessing about what happens next.

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3 thoughts on “Week 10 Blog Post

  1. You mentioned the similarities of the original Django and the Sukiyaki Django, and I had mixed emotions about both films as they masterfully play with your expectations through breaking the genre barriers. You have the main character wearing a black hat in both films, while they are supposed to be good. Then in the Sukiyaki Django, you don’t know who to root for and who to hate. One second, the film is hilariously silly and then there is just mass death that makes you feel so weird because you are unaware of the feelings you are experiencing. To me Japanese films, compared to films from the west, are so weird and different that I have a difficult time comprehending them. I think it’s time they create a genre called Japanese film, because this strayed from Western so much except for the few elements that were there.

  2. Although I get the sense that most of our classmates disliked Sukiyaki Western Django. I actually really enjoyed it. As you mentioned before, the film had many parallels that fit it into the western genre. It had the typical plot, setting and characters that many viewers of westerns have become accustomed too. However, I found the whole motif of the rose really interesting in the movie. For me, I feel that the rose not only represents blood, but it also represents “blooming hope”. If I recall, the parents of the boy were each from the conflicting houses. Therefore, he has the blood of both gangs, which is shown by the red and white braids in his hair. Ultimately, the color red of the rose foreshadowed death while the flower could be taken to mean hope in the form of the child. This idea is strengthened by the fact that all the gold of the village is given to him. Although just my speculation, I generally feel that the film relied a lot more on motifs than the other westerns we have seen in class.

  3. It is interesting to look at motifs that recur across the genre of the Spaghetti Western.

    Red is very interestingly used in both films. In Django, the color is worn by one of the rival factions, and some of the men wear the color in the form of some kind of Ku-Klux-Klan-related mask. The color, which is typically associated with bloodshed, is also used just to differentiate one side from the other. One of the characters even mentions that there is some kind of religious extremism associated with the men who wore these odd red masks.

    In Sukiyaki Western Django, the color, too, is used to differentiate one of the opposing sides, but is also used in the icon of the rose. The red-and-white rose is loaded with all kinds of symbolism: the child of people from opposing sides, the mixture of the two cultures, and even a reference of the War of the Roses which is depicted in the work of Shakespeare.

    It is interesting to note how the icon of the color red, which is typical of the Western, is used in different ways in different Western fillms.

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