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Before all you Takashi Miiki fans get too excited, this isn’t alas a release in a (specifically) English speaking territory, but for all those versed in the fine art of multi region DVD players, this will be of interest. His hard core thriller, Shield of Straw is up for a theatrical bow in Hong Kong, next month. So its English subbed trailer and DVD releases (approx a month after) a go-go! Synopsis: Based on Kazuhiro Kiuchi's novel. A powerful multi-billionnaire Ninagawa (Tsutomu Yamazaki) puts an irresistible price on the head of the man he believes to be the killer of his 7-years-old granddaughter, by placing advertisments on all newspapers in Japan. Realising he has become a target of all citizens, Kiyomaru (Tatsuya Fujiwara) turns himself into the Fukuoka Police Station. Five police officers including Mekari (Takao Osawa ) and Shiraiwa (Nanako Matsushima) are dispatched to bring Kiyomaru back to »
The full Fantasia 2013 lineup will be announced next Tuesday, July 9th, but in the meantime we have the second wave of titles to share, and per usual, it's a doozy!
From the Press Release:
Following last week’s first wave of programming announcements, the Fantasia International Film Festival is proud to unveil several additional highlights to warm you up for our July 9th Press Conference, where we’ll be unveiling of our full 120+ film lineup. The festival runs from July 18 to August 6.
Official Opening Night Film – Takashi Miike’s Shield Of Straw (North American Premiere)
Hot off its screening in official completion at the Cannes Film Festival, Takashi Miike’s riveting crime thriller Shield Of Straw will be kicking off Fantasia’s 2013 edition with its first screening on the North American continent. Shield Of Straw stars Takao Osawa, Nanako Matsushima, and Tatsuya Fujiwara. Fantasia’s 1997 screening of Fudoh marked the »
- The Woman In Black
From the press release:
Following last week’s first wave of programming announcements, the Fantasia International Film Festival is proud to unveil several additional highlights, before their July 9th Press Conference, where they’ll be unveiling the full 120+ film lineup!
Official Opening Night Film – Takashi Miike’s Shield of Straw
(North American Premiere)
Hot off its screening in official completion at the Cannes Film Festival, Takashi Miike’s riveting crime thriller Shield of Straw will be kicking off Fantasia’s 2013 edition with its first screening on the North American continent. Shield of Straw stars Takao Osawa, Nanako Matsushima, and Tatsuya Fujiwara. Fantasia’s 1997 screening of Fudoh marked the first time that a Miike film had ever been shown in North America, making it all the more joyous to open our 2013 festival with his latest work.
Fantasia will once again offer audiences »
Shield of Straw (Japanese: Wara no tate), 2013.
Directed by Takashi Miike.
The Japanese police have to transport a known child killer to Tokyo. When the billionaire grandfather of the murdered girl offers a reward for the killer's assassination the police's job gets a little tougher.
Prolific filmmaker Takashi Miike brings his umpteenth action movie to Cannes. The story is a familiar one: the noble cop placed in a situation in which he has to struggle with his conscience when the temptation to take the law into his own hands becomes almost unbearably tempting. In this case the cop is an agent in the state security service, Kazuki Mekari (Takao Osawa). He's a man we've encountered many times before: handsome, tough, still in love with his dead wife and held in awe by his colleagues.
Mekari doesn't have to solve a case, »
- Flickering Myth
Cannes, France — Director Takashi Miike says shooting an action movie in Japan is a lot harder than it looks.
His Cannes Film Festival entry "Shield of Straw" is a robust thriller about a team of police tasked with escorting a child-killer with a billion-yen bounty on his head safely across the country.
"It was extremely difficult to shoot all the scenes in Japan," he told reporters Monday. "It was impossible to close down the highways and get so many police cars on the road" – and Japan's railway operator refused to let the filmmaker shoot on its trains. Fortunately, Taiwan uses Japanese trains on its system, and was happy to oblige.
Although touched with serious themes of loyalty and duty, at heart "Shield of Straw" is an old-fashioned action flick, bursting with car chases, gunfights and explosions to rival anything from Hollywood – including a spectacular highway pileup and minutes of mayhem on a high-speed train. »
An enticing blockbuster concept gets a lackluster execution from Japanese genre director Takashi Miike in “Shield of Straw,” about a dedicated cop’s superhuman efforts to protect an accused killer with a billion-yen bounty on his head. Though shot in widescreen on a relatively hefty budget, the two-hour-plus thriller makes limited use of its resources, featuring far more talk than action. Frankly, this Warner Bros. Japan-produced programmer feels out of place in Cannes competition, but would be right at home on local megaplex screens or in the hands of exotic thriller distribs abroad, where it’s ripe for a more energetic remake.
After killing a 7-year-old girl, scruffy psychopath Kunihide Kyomaru (Tatsuya Fujiwara) turns himself in to the police, whom the film implies most likely would have been too incompetent to catch him otherwise (he’s killed before without consequence). This time is different, however, since his victim was the »
- Peter Debruge
★☆☆☆☆ Cult Japanese director Takashi Miike is often forgiven for the hit-and-miss nature of his output due to the fact that he's so prolific - occasionally churning out multiple films in a single year. Hopes were high for his new Cannes competition entry after the sublime 13 Assassins (2010) slashed through Venice a couple of years ago. Sadly, Shield of Straw (Wara no tate, 2013) is a stone-cold dud which really has no place on the Croisette. When a little girl is raped and murdered, her super-rich grandfather offers a huge reward to anyone who kills the suspected killer, Kunihide Kiyomaru (a maniacal Tatsuya Fujiwara).
There are conditions, however. The killer has to be found guilty and the state must sanction the act. Two police officers from the State Security Service - the grieving Kazuki Mekari (Takao Osawa) and single mother Atsuko Shiraiwa (Nanako Matsushima) - are given the job of transporting Kiyomaru (who »
- CineVue UK
Shield of Straw Trailer, Photograph. Takashi Miike’s Shield of Straw (2013) movie trailer, movie image stars Nanako Matsushima, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Takao Osawa, Gorô Kishitani, and Masatô Ibu. Shield of Straw‘s plot synopsis: based on Wara no Tate by Kazuhiro Kiuchi, “Ninagawa is a powerful man in Japanese politics and with top economic connections.His granddaughter is [...]
Continue reading: Shield Of Straw (2013) Movie Trailer: Cops Protect a Suspected Killer »
- Rollo Tomasi
Shield of Straw (or if you prefer Wara no tate) is an upcoming police-thriller which comes from controversial Japanese director Takashi Miike, and is selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. We recommend you to check out official trailers and some great images from the movie, because this project definitely looks promising. Takashi Miike directed the movie from a script written by Tamio Hayashi, based on the novel of the same name by Kazuhiro Kiuchi. It revolves around two cops, played by Takao Osawa and Nanako Matsushima who are tasked with escorting a convicted killer across Japan. The whole...
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9 items from 2013
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