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11 items from 2013


Fantasia 2013: Second Wave Titles Announced Including Miike's Shield of Straw, You're Next, Big Ass Spider!, Plus One, Missionary, and More

3 July 2013 4:19 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

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 »

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Fantasia 2013: Opening Film, Plus Bryan Singer and Simon Boswell Announced As Guests

3 July 2013 3:59 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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.

Extensive Artist Talks with Bryan Singer and Simon Boswell

Fantasia will once again offer audiences »

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Cannes 2013: 10 Incredible Performances That Ruled The Festival

23 May 2013 10:08 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

After hundreds of films have screened in competition slots, in special screenings and in sidebars, Cannes film festival is drawing to a close. There may be a few films yet to screen, but at this stage of the festival, the collected producers, hacks and cinephiles tend to make their way back home, so it seems an appropriate time to explore some of the highlights of the festival.

Inevitably, not all of Cannes’ chosen films are great – they are chosen on artistic merit or intrigue rather than quality quite often, and the festival programmers like to offer something new, as well as some provocative inclusions ever year. The performances in those sorts of films can be great, but with so many great casts on show this year on the Croisette, it shouldn’t be too much of a shock to see a strong representation of known names in this list.

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- Simon Gallagher

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Shield of Straw | Cannes Review

21 May 2013 10:10 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Burnt Offerings: Miike’s Latest Can’t Quite Reach Satisfying Blaze

That audacious auteur of excess, Takashi Miike, unveils his latest offering, Shield of Straw to be a surprisingly straight laced police narrative that’s notably unfettered by psychosexual shock value or absurdly grotesque violence. Sporting a generously enjoyable first half hour or so, Miike’s excessiveness instead configures itself in pace deadening repetition, where the film’s central theme is explored, regurgitated and discussed over and over again in every monologue, diatribe, shootout and/or explosion. Which is a pity considering the interest Miike manages to instill in the wan but promising B grade dramatic conflict from a concept we’ve seen before in several variations.

Quickly we learn that the ragged corpse of a young girl seen in the opening sequence belongs to the granddaughter of a vengeful billionaire Ninagawa (Tsutomu Yamazaki), who has used his vast »

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Cannes 2013 Review: ‘Shield of Straw’ is One Of Miike’s Most Accessible Films Yet

21 May 2013 6:30 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Takashi Miike is a director fast becoming a regular fixture at the Cannes Film Festival, despite his notorious work-rate of often several films a year and the frequently inconsistent level of quality that this doubtless invites. Miike stands as one of very few directors who would be able to land a populist – at least for the standards of the festival – action thriller In Competition. As such, Shield of Straw is a refreshing palate-cleanser amid the more stereotypical festival fare, and on its own standing, coheres as a sharp thriller even as it weathers its fair share of flaws. Following his murder of a 7-year-old girl, serial killer Kunihide Kyomaru (Tatsuya Fujiwara) has a billion-Yen bounty placed upon his head by the child’s grandfather, Ninagawa (Tsutomu Yamazaki), with the peculiar condition that the murder be state-authorised (a rather oblique term never properly explained). As the tension rises, Kyomaru hands himself in to the police, yet »

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66th Cannes Film Festival Review - Shield of Straw (2013)

20 May 2013 12:47 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Shield of Straw (Japanese: Wara no tate), 2013.

Directed by Takashi Miike.

Starring Nanako Matsushima, Tatsuya Fujiwara, and Takao Osawa.

Synopsis:

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, »

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Cannes 2013: Shield Of Straw Review

20 May 2013 11:23 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Takeshi Miike is another name that seems to have become associated with Cannes a lot in the past few years. In many ways he has cut a familiar and reliable figure: you know what you’re getting with the barmpot director with a penchant for extreme violence and black humour. Or at least, that used to be the case.

2011′s Hara-Kiri wasn’t exactly the explosive affair we might have expected, offering an almost tender look at a post-Samurai world, effused with emotion and driven by human relationships, and there wasn’t the usual commitment to silliness that Miike usually slathers on his work. The reason that film springs to mind here is that Miike has once again been playing with expectations: rather than the zany action we’re used to, played against a backdrop of a smiling Miike, winking at the camera, the director has gone, »

- Simon Gallagher

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Shield of Straw’

20 May 2013 3:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Cannes Film Festival 2013: 'Shield of Straw' review

20 May 2013 2:51 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★☆☆☆☆ 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 »

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Shield Of Straw (2013) Movie Trailer: Cops Protect a Suspected Killer

15 May 2013 4:00 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

  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 [...]

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Takashi Miike’s Shield Of Straw, Cannes 2013

10 May 2013 4:06 PM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

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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