“Sukiyaki Western Django” is screening at TIFF’s Midnight Madness @:
Tuesday, September 11
Thursday, September 13
Saturday September 15
From the official pressbook for the film come these two interesting question and answers with director Takashi Miike:
Youâ€™re more of a â€œdragon generationâ€ rather than a â€œmacaroni western
generation, arenâ€™t you?
MIIKE: Yes. There werenâ€™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 canâ€™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: â€œToshiaki 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. Thatâ€™s when the words â€˜How about a sukiyaki western?â€™ fell out of my mouth. Itâ€™s what they call talking through oneâ€™s hat, I guess. But it wasnâ€™t totally groundless. When I was a kid, I used to imagine myself growing up to be a wandering gunman. I donâ€™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 didnâ€™t. He said it was interesting and went along with the idea. Although he may have said â€œNoâ€ if I had suggested a Sushi Western (laughs).
Official digital still used in its international release.