First Look International | Release Date: August 29, 2008
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MikeHNov 6, 2008
This movie was hilarious and had me laughing the whole way through!
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ScottJ.Jul 18, 2009
This movie is a hyperactive live action anime-manga twist on the Italian Western. Like Alex Cox's "Straight to Hell," this film blends two genres (here, Chanbara/Samurai and the Italian Western) to give us something surreal, shocking, This movie is a hyperactive live action anime-manga twist on the Italian Western. Like Alex Cox's "Straight to Hell," this film blends two genres (here, Chanbara/Samurai and the Italian Western) to give us something surreal, shocking, and ironic. The Japanese cast speak English in an almost stereotypical "ESL" way and it comes off like a riff on the crappy dubs Asian movies of the 70s got in the West. Quentin does his bit perfectly and even switches to a stereotypical "white man doing a Japanese accent" for some dialogue. Everything is knowingly artificial and it works - well. A saloon features a Japanese theater stage, where an interpretive dance based on a variety of Asian dance forms is performed; instead of the usual painted backdrop found in old westerns, here we have a painted Japanese screen as backing; katanas fly against six-shooters; the clothes are a hodgepodge of street gang, old west, and samurai; The War of the Roses meets Yojimbo meets Fistful of Dollars. All in all, I am extremely pleased and enjoy the film immensely. Gets more repeat viewing than Kill Bill at my house. Expand
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aadityamudharApr 17, 2016
This movie is a hyperactive live action anime-manga twist on the Italian Western. Like Alex Cox's "Straight to Hell," this film blends two genres (here, Chanbara/Samurai and the Italian Western) to give us something surreal, shocking, andThis movie is a hyperactive live action anime-manga twist on the Italian Western. Like Alex Cox's "Straight to Hell," this film blends two genres (here, Chanbara/Samurai and the Italian Western) to give us something surreal, shocking, and ironic. The Japanese cast speak English in an almost stereotypical "ESL" way and it comes off like a riff on the crappy dubs Asian movies of the 70s got in the West. Quentin does his bit perfectly and even switches to a stereotypical "white man doing a Japanese accent" for some dialogue. Everything is knowingly artificial and it works - well. A saloon features a Japanese theater stage, where an interpretive dance based on a variety of Asian dance forms is performed; instead of the usual painted backdrop found in old westerns, here we have a painted Japanese screen as backing; katanas fly against six-shooters; the clothes are a hodgepodge of street gang, old west, and samurai; The War of the Roses meets Yojimbo meets Fistful of Dollars. All in all, I am extremely pleased and enjoy the film immensely. Gets more repeat viewing than Kill Bill at my house. Expand
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dwoodJan 8, 2020
A gorgeous, handcrafted, Japanese masterpiece that lets itself do whatever it pleases. And it does so with, raw, cinematic beauty never before seen by the likes of me. It's raw, unapologetic, nature goes on in perfect synchrony with theA gorgeous, handcrafted, Japanese masterpiece that lets itself do whatever it pleases. And it does so with, raw, cinematic beauty never before seen by the likes of me. It's raw, unapologetic, nature goes on in perfect synchrony with the pace of life. The boundaries of reality are pushed while never actually leaving it. It's gritty, muddy, bloody and sexy all at the same time and any other time this film chooses. This flick never stops entertaining at any second. A well lit setting or location makes the whole production ultra real and life like. A special guest appearance adds to the already high excitement level for this production. Hang on tight while the Reds and the Whites have it out in the Wild West. Expand
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