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Two clans – the Red and the White – have been at war for centuries. Their numbers are seriously depleted, the clans reduced to little more than wandering gangs, but the battle rages on. Drawn by rumors of an enormous hidden treasure both gangs have set up shop in a remote western town to search while sniping at each other from a distance, a potentially explosive situation that the vast majority of townsfolk have wisely fled. Into the midst of this powder keg rides a nameless stranger, a quickdraw artist who prefers to shoot first and ask questions later. So skilled that his addition to one side or the other would permanently tip the scales and end the long running clan feud. Our wanderer offers his services to whichever clan is prepared to offer up the largest share of the treasure once found.

Takashi Miike’s take on the Spaghetti Western genre isn’t too bad but it could have been shortened by a good 20 mins. The only thing I didn’t like was the bad Engrish spoken by the Japanese actors – they were terrible. A great cameo by Quentin Tarantino.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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