Peter Martin. Yes —> that Peter Martin. Not to be confused with Peter Martin, has confirmed that Miike’s Django has been picked up by First Look for what might be a limited theatrical run in the US and a DVD release. Bad news on that is it will be trimmed by 25 minutes (more from Peter here). If it gets proper life to breathe on the midnight circuit and catch on as a cult film it could very well be a Rilo Kiley Moneymaker for them.
Having seen this film at the recent 40th Sitges, I can tell you it’s by far one of the most entertaining films Miike has ever made. The only way to experience this film is in a rowdy midnight movie setting. In that context the film plays beautifully. Outside of that I don’t think it would work really well if your in a Neil Diamond (you-uuu-ewwww don’t bring me flowers, any-EEE-more) sort of mood. I also wouldn’t recommend it for a first date per say. It also really has to be said that the more knowledge you have of Spaghetti Westerns and Japanese cinema, the more you will get out of the film! Also I really hate it on MAC laptops when your scrolling up or down and this automated thing tries to kick in and take over your mousing up or down. Stay away you little devil you!
“Overall: A good time at the movies. There are perhaps too many ingredients in the stew, but fans of Miike, (Spaghetti) Westerns, Tarantino and genre films in general will have a taste for it, and possibly become addicted.” ~ Jason Gray (read more)
The white clad Genji, led by Yoshitsune and the red clad Heike led by Kiyomori, face off once again in a poor mountain town. Both sides searching for a legendary treasure that may be buried there. A lone gunman, burdened with emotional scars but blessed with incredible shooting skills, drifts into town. Expectations reach boiling point as everyone wonders which gang the gunman will finally decide to join. Dirty tricks, betrayal, desire and love collide as the situation erupts into a final, explosive showdown.
Official digital still used in its international release.