TIFF 2007: Sukiyaki Western Django
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TIFF 2007: Sukiyaki Western Django

It’s the final day of the festival, which is always rather maudlin one—although for those of us who try to cover it, the festival is largely a far too hectic, busy period of time, once things start to slow down the sudden lack of pressure is terribly deflating. Never mind—we’ll have some wrap up coverage for you next week. Tonight’s closing gala is Emotional Arithmetic, reviewed by Jonathan Goldsbie at the very beginning of our TIFF 2007 coverage. He called it a “highly-polished drama” but noted that it “plays out exactly as one would expect and is only rarely revelatory.” Head along to Roy Thompson Hall tonight to catch your last glimpse of the glamour and pageantry of the festival.
Today’s Reviews:
Sukiyaki Western Django
Sukiyaki Western Django finally answers the question we’ve all had on our minds since we first set eyes on Quentin Tarantino—what would be required to make his acting bearable? The answer? Cast him in an English-language film where he’s the only native speaker of the language! That’s actually a quite uncharitable way of looking at things, because Quentin Tarantino’s hilarious and knowing cameo is only one of the many highlights of Takashii Miike’s first western. Although many of the Japanese cast members relied on phonetics to speak their lines, the plot is strong enough that this could have been played as a perfectly straight spaghetti western and still have been largely successful. The humorous absurdities only add to the fun, with welcome references to the original Django series and gunfights that are suitably gritty, muddy and violent. Maybe just a little long, this is a joyful piece of work that was possibly the most fun we had at the festival. 4.5/5
Today’s Listings:
2:45 p.m. – Son of Rambow (Contemporary World Cinema ) – Review – Cumberland 3
3:00 p.m. – Ploy (Visions) – Varsity 6
3:00 p.m. – Man from the Plains (Special Presentations) – Varsity 8
5:45 p.m. – Sad Vacation (Vanguard) – Varsity 6
8:00 p.m. – My Winnipeg (Special Presentations) – Cumberland 4
8:00 p.m. – Ping Pong Playa (Vanguard) – Jackman Hall, AGO
8:15 p.m. – Joy Division (Reel to Real) – Cumberland 3
8:15 p.m. – Mad Detective (Contemporary World Cinema) – Review – Varsity 1
9:15 p.m. – Help Me Eros (Vanguard) – Review – Varsity 1
9:30 p.m. – Sukiyaki Western Django (Midnight Madness) – Varsity 4
10:45 p.m. – Reclaim Your Brain (Special Presentations) – Varsity 4
11:45 p.m. – Lou Reed’s Berlin (Reel to Real) – Varsity 8
11:59 p.m. – Á L’intérieur (Midnight Madness) – Ryerson Theatre