Japan, 2007 (MIFF 2008, Nightshift)
Director: Takashi Miike
“Tighten your saddlebags, load your revolvers, pack your chopsticks and join [Takashi] Miike for an outrageous wagon ride into the wild, wild East.” - Toronto International Film Festival
In is his first English language film the enfant terrible of Japanese cinema, Takashi Miike, (The Great Yokai War and Big Bang Love: Juvenile A, MIFF 06) channels the spirit of Akira Kurasawa, Sergio Leone and Sergio Corbucci in this slice ‘n' dice sukiyaki western.
A lone gunslinger, burdened with emotional scars and blessed with incredible skill, drifts into town in the middle of a face-off between rival gangs. Expectations reach boiling point as the townsfolk wait to see who the gunman will side with. Dirty tricks, betrayal, desire and love collide as the standoff erupts in a final showdown.
Features a cameo by Quentin Tarantino.
D Takashi Miike P Hirotsugu Yoshida, Toshinori Yamaguchi S Takashi Miike, Masaru Nakamura Dist Hopscotch Entertainment TD 35mm/2007/121mins