Sukiyaki Western Django (2007) – Movie Wallpaper

Quentin Tarantino as Piringo in Takashi Miike’s macaroni western, “Sukiyaki Western Django.”

Sukiyaki Western Django” is screening at TIFF’s Midnight Madness @:

Tuesday, September 11
11:59 PM

Thursday, September 13
12:30 PM

Saturday September 15
09:30 PM

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From the official pressbook for the film come these two interesting question and answers with director Takashi Miike:

You’re more of a “dragon generation” rather than a “macaroni western
generation, aren’t you?

MIIKE: Yes. There weren’t many macaroni westerns in the theaters when I was growing up but they used to broadcast two to three of them every week on television.. I can’t tell you how many times they aired One Silver Dollar. My mother used to tell me to go to bed, but I usually stayed up and watched them with my parents. My father loved macaroni westerns and he used to buy me toy guns and pistols. My grandfather was a hunter and used to shoot birds with rifles. So the macaroni western was certainly very familiar to me. But having worked in the movie industry for a long time, I never thought that I would be making something like this as a Japanese film.

Neither did we (laughs). How did it come about?

MIIKE: “Toshiaki Nakazawa, a producer at Sedic International, whom I had worked with on The Happiness of Katakuris, asked me if there was any project that I wanted to do. That’s when the words ‘How about a sukiyaki western?’ fell out of my mouth. It’s what they call talking through one’s hat, I guess. But it wasn’t totally groundless. When I was a kid, I used to imagine myself growing up to be a wandering gunman. I don’t remember the specific stories but I was impressed with such things as the cool posture of the gunman, the intensity right before the shoot-out, and the dramatic effect of the music that starts after someone falls to the ground. Those kinds of things were imprinted on my mind. And I thought that anything a child can create in his imagination, surely a movie can bring to life. I think that any other producer would have just dismissed the idea with a laugh but Mr. Nakazawa didn’t. He said it was interesting and went along with the idea. Although he may have said “No” if I had suggested a Sushi Western (laughs).

Image Source:
Official digital still used in its international release.

Related Links:
::: Official Site
::: Midnight Madness Screening Info
::: Midnight Madness Blog

Japanese Cinema:
::: Jason Gray
::: Mark Schilling’s Tokyo Ramen
::: Midnight Eye
::: Ryuganji

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