Tatsuya Nakadai in a Dario Argento scripted western
Montoya | 04/02/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I saw a Variety ad for an Italian western with the ad copy is the Samurai sword faster than the six gun. Have never seen that one. This has him as a Mexican Comanchero who mostly uses a pistol but has a few scenes where he uses a machete as a Samurai sword. For Nakadai fans this is a must though he has a supporting part as the bad guy. It is no Illusion of Blood or Sword of Doom but worth a look. Montgomery Ford is really Brett Halsey who is also in the Mario Bava Roy Colt and Winchester Jack. As entertainment I enjoyed the overall story, the action was well done, ditto the direction. Give it a try. When I saw it in a cheapo theatre the print had a greenish hue. This was a clean print for the most part."
Great 1968 Spaghetti written by Dario Argento
Montoya | El Dorado Hills, CA United States | 08/03/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This title was originally released in 1968 as "Oggi a me... domani a te!" in Italy, or "Today is Me... Tomorrow You" in the US. Directed by relatively unknown Tonino Cervi (at least this seems to be his only western) it seems that the storylines of Dario Argento can never fail. Most interesting is how this movie has borrowed ideas from "The Magnificent Seven" yet still succeeds very well. There is one scene in a gunshop where Brett Halsey purchases a revolver and it is so uncannily similar to "The Good Bad and the Ugly" the viewer is left wondering who is borrowing from whom in these 60's spaghetti's! The film moves fairly well but is a bit slow in places, it is a fairly typical story of revenge where Nakadai's character borrows heavily from the character played by Gian Maria Volonte in 'For a Few Dollars More'. Nakadai plays a thoroughly weird character without the brilliance of Volonte but still a great character and to some extent makes this film. Bud Spencer fans will probably be disappointed with a rather shallow role and traditional 'John Wayne' western fans will probably dislike this rather bizaree European creation. But for Spaghetti fans highly recommended."