1. Sukiyaki Western Django
(Takashi Miike 2007) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0906665/reference
A stranger walks into town... I guess this is the perfect film to start off the challenge this time, since it fits two of them, and since there's plenty of correlation between both American and Italian westerns, and Japanese genre films. Another in a long tradition of cross-cultural fertilization that probably began before John Sturges remade Kurosawa in the early 60s, followed by Leone also taking on the Japanese master a few years later... and so on, and so on. I'm not sure there's any single film that this is referencing in particular, though the Django song played at the end is an obvious homage, and the stranger at one point says he's not Yojimbo - though his function in the film obviously is, pitting the Reds and the Whites who view for control of the town and some mysterious missing gold. There's not much of interest here plot-wise and I think the appeal will mostly be for those wanting yet another twist on postmodern riffs of the spaghetti era, Miike's fanbase, and those who, like me, are tired of the desaturated and dull colors so prevalent in films of most countries and genres over the past couple of decades who are bound to to be delighted by the super-saturated dense color palette on display here, especially in the framing sequences featuring Quentin Tarantino
I really do feel like Miike made a mistake in shooting this in English - though this does allow for QT maybe not being the worst actor in the film for once; I'm not sure any of the Japanese actors here are both fluent in the language and capable of acting smoothly while speaking it. Not sure why, given the clear influence of Italian westerns - and for that matter, of John Woo in a couple of places - he didn't just shoot it silent and post-dub it in several languages, the way both Western European genre films and Hong Kong films were done for many years. Of course it's not a film about the acting or performances for the most part, but even so the stilted dialogue detracts.
I watched the 98 minute theatrical release; I'm sure I'll watch the longer cut someday since I have the BD, but I'd appreciate anyone's comments as to how it might be better or worse.