Miike, Tarantino Team for 'Sushi Western'

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Prolific and eclectic Japanese director Takashi Miike has begun production on "Sukiyaki Western Django," co-starring Quentin Tarantino.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is described as Miike's homage to spaghetti westerns, making it a so-called "sushi western." The plot involves the clashes between two rival gangs.

The film is reportedly shooting in Japan with a bargain basement budget of $3.8 million. Tarantino, who helped wrangle Miike for a cameo in "Hostel," will film his scenes as a "mystery man" later this month. The project's other stars include Hideaki Itoh, Kaori Momoi, Koji Sato and Yoshino Kimura.

Sony Pictures will release the film in late 2007.

Miike is credited with 34 feature films (and many other television projects) in the past 11 years. His most familiar titles for American audiences range from the daffy musical "The Happiness of the Katakuris," to the obsessively romantic "Audition" to "Imprint," a Showtime "Masters of Horror" installment deemed too extreme for premium cable.

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