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First Look saddles up for Japanese ‘Western’

With the Venice and Toronto film fest premieres behind them and a re-edited package and shorter cut, Celluloid Dreams has found a taker for the multi-genre, swords and gunslingers project entitled Sukiyaki Western Django. Indie distrib First Look Studios are looking to release the homage sometime in the 08' release schedule.

After taking up a bit part in the Quentin Tarantino-produced Hostel, helmer Takashi Miike decided to return the invitation to the director of the Kill Bill films – making it the first time the director starred in a foreign production.

A familiar spaghetti western premise that involves a mysterious stranger arriving into the middle of two clans feuding over hidden loot gets sliced and diced into new Americana-Kabuki-baroque fare: Buddhist temples sit alongside saloons, samurai swords hang from gun belts and sake flows with blood.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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