American director Quentin Tarantino is to take a cameo role in 'Sukiyaki Western Django', a Japanese western to be directed by Takashi Miike.

The English-language film tells the tale of clashes between two rival gangs in 12th century Japan.

"To make a western like this has long been a dream for Miike," said producer Masao Osaki.

"His father was a huge fan of spaghetti westerns and he always wanted to make his own, so now it is his turn."

The film stars Hideaki Itoh, Kaori Momoi ('Memoirs of a Geisha') Koji Sato and Yoshino Kimura.

Miike has directed 34 movies in the past 11 years across a wide range of genres, including 'Bijitâ Q' (2001), 'Gokudô sengokushi: Fudô' from 1996 and 'Dead or Alive 2: Tôbôsha' in 2000.

He also appeared in the Tarantino-produced 'Hostel', which was released in Ireland earlier this year.

Tarantino's next project is the hour-long feature 'Death Proof', which will be released together with Robert Rodriguez's zombie film, 'Planet Terror' under the name 'Grind House' in 2007.