Sukiyaji Western Django is another one of those “acquired taste” films. At first you’re like, “woah! tarantino,” then “oh poor little kid” and out of no where, “wow, that was a lot of blood.” To be honest, I was only attracted to the film at first due to Tarantino’s presence then kinda of fell off track with the bad accents and the rather ambiguous plot being some times comic and other times serious.
It is interesting how this movie incorporates some classic western film techniques yet stays in touch with its Japanese roots. I went ahead and saw the movie again, this time with a more open-minded perspective and thought the whole thing was great. The action was just as heavy as it needed it to be (no doubt Tarantino helped out a little there), the accents are more appreciated once this movie was screened in Japan with Japanese subtitles, and the actors are actually speaking English. I believe if the movie was full on serious the whole time then the amount of violence and other aspects would darken even more the storyline and be almost too much to see in one seating.
Another thing I loved about it which I mentioned above was its western basis with added Japanese culture. the cowboy hats, gun scenes, beat up towns, all play a role in giving it that good ol spaghetti western feel however, most characters wore kimonos, wrote in Japanese, and kept at least the back ground of each set Japanese influenced (for example the glowing sunset behind a distant mountain during Tarantino’s appearance.
In conclusion, I believe the film was beautifully shot especially that one scene that stands out above all the others where the unknown gunman jumps out of the window and unto his horse, I really wonder how they practiced that back in the day…