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Westworld’s Shogun World Shares a Background With Quentin Tarantino Films
In its second season, Westworld will take viewers into a new robot-inhabited theme park—a level-up of sorts that recreates Japan’s Endo period from 1603-1867. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, say they decided to expand to this Shogun World because they were obsessed with Japanese cinema growing up. “My older brothers and I watched Sergio Leone Westerns and Kurosawa’s classic samurai films and were fascinated to discover they had the same plot,” Nolan said. “You had this wonderful call and response between these two genres — with the gunslinger and the ronin.”
You know who else had a particular affinity for Japanese cinema? Quentin Tarantino, which is obvious throughout all of his movies—specifically in both Kill Bill volumes. And in the Entertainment Weekly interview, Nolan even name-checks Tarantino when discussing the violence and style of this new world:
In addition to Kurosawa films, which are plenty bloody, I grew up watching the Sonny Chiba films — those are the ones Tarantino is riffing on in his films with the superfluidity of gore and mayhem; this sense of an alternately brutal and beautiful world that raises the volume on what the guests might be looking for. It wasn’t just about gore, it’s also about being immersive. We wanted to feel like our story dropped into a totally different world. Basically, we have a whole episode in Japanese.
The creators also give a hint into how much time will be spent in this new world:
We want to try and gently temper expectations. Most of our season is spent in Westworld — the eponymous Westworld. But we do get a chance to glimpse some of the other worlds. And we have a couple of episodes that are spent in Shogun World with one of our storylines, while our other storylines continue elsewhere. So I say we’re trying to temper expectations, except to say that I think the stuff we did for Shogun World is spectacular.
What’s interesting here is that Nolan says we get a chance to “glimpse some of the other worlds.” Note that “worlds” is plural there. Does that mean we could get to see Medieval World or Roman World as well—both of which were in Michael Crichton’s original 1973 film? We’ll know when Westworld returns on April 22.