UPDATE: See the rest of the Django pics here. Holy crap! There's an Asian cowboy with Union Jack chaps standing next to a guy wearing the sweetest fucking helmet I've ever seen. I have a raging nerd boner. But a Japanese western? Gimme a break, I mean, that's like casting Tom Cruise as a samurai, or Charleton Heston as a Mexican.
The first still of Quentin Tarantino in Takashi Miike's Sukiyaki Western Django (aka Sushi Western) has hit the web.
Supposedly, Tarantino plays a “mysterious dude by the name of Ringo who appears at the beginning of the movie and fights with an unnamed Japanese cast member, who plays the lover of a female assassin disguised as a town dweller, to be portrayed by Momoi Kaori.”
Say what you want about Tarantino's acting abilities (I actually enjoyed him a lot in From Dusk Till Dawn), I'm pretty excited about a Miike western. This is, after all, the guy who did Ichi the Killer and Gozu, two of the strangest and most hilariously violent films ever made – films that are as Japanese as tentacle porn and panties from a vending machine. Ichi the Killer included a scene in which a guy cuts off his own tongue, and another in which a guy gets his face cut off and thrown at a wall. Gozu included gratuitous lactating, as well as a woman giving birth to a full-grown man. It's probably the weirdest movie I've ever seen, and I've worked in the porn industry.
I can only imagine a Miike western will include a cowboy breast feeding a donkey, or an Indian getting sliced in half by a wagon train while he masturbates to the disembodied cow udder he's wearing as a headress. I've got a couple Miike clips after the jump.