The western genre is one of the easiest genres to identify. In the first film we watched Django there was little emphasis on acting and the ability of the actors to relay emotions. The most useful properties of westerns would be the both extra diegetic and diegetic sound, the costumes and props and body movements of the actors.
In the first film Django, there was always an extra diegetic soundtrack to help identify the predicted emotions by the viewer. This is primarily because identifying these through the use of facial expressions was out of the actors talent range. Also the special effects of the film were terrible, and this is also a testament to the times, but every death involved a flashing of a light on the tip of a gun, a boom and a flop. There was no visible blood except in the most detailed of scenes such as when Django loses his hands. The shots in this film are primarily short and complex and the camera angles and depth are always changing. When a dramatic point would arrive in the film, there would be a cut in the music and the tone would be set by the extra diegetic soundtrack, followed by the zoom in on a characters face, that was ironically emotionless.
In the second film Django The Japanese Western, the characteristics are mostly the same, the acting as bad, and the extra diegetic soundtrack just as important. The large difference is the quality of the special effects. In the western version of the film, the special effects are a lot more advanced. Every death was a lot more bloody, the wounds a lot more detailed, and the deaths prolonged. This could be both a testament to the times and a testament to the difference in japanese westerns and American westerns. I have seen other Japanese films from earlier times and the themes are the same.
It is very interesting that Japanese Westerns and American Westerns are so similar and this was a great movie to help distinguish the difference. Both kinds have essential diegetic and extra diegetic sounds, terrible acting with mostly expressionless faces, and props that are essential to the mood and vibe of the scene. Also, the shots in these films were both short in length of time and depth, the only difference being the Japanese version was more detailed.