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Wara no tate (2013)

A team of cops must protect an accused killer with a billion-yen bounty on his head.

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Takao Ohsawa ...
Kazuki Mekari
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Atsuko Shiraiwa
Gorô Kishitani ...
Takeshi Okumura
Masatô Ibu ...
Kenji Sekiya
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Masaki Kamihashi
Hirotarô Honda ...
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Kazuya Takahashi
Gô Ibuki
Takuma Otoo
Kenji Nagae
Wataru Shihôdô
Kazuyoshi Ozawa
Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi
Yasukaze Motomiya
Miho Ninagawa
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After killing a 7-year-old girl, psychopath Kunihide Kyomaru turns himself in to the police. Since his victim was the daughter of one of the country's richest men, terminally ill billionaire Ninagawa, who buys ads in all the major papers offering a hefty reward for anyone who kills Kunihide. There are a few caveats, including a clause that the execution must be authorized by the government, but the consequences are clear: It's open season on Kunihide, who has nothing but five dedicated cops to protect him, led by security police lieutenant Kazuki Mekari. Written by anonymous

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1 serial killer. ¥1 billion reward. 48 hours. Trust no one.

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26 April 2013 (Japan)  »

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Miike Takashi at his very best

I watched only a few of his other features including ICHI THE KILLER, and the least I can say is that it was quite different if you compare with this one. The others were rather weird, crazy, sometimes tongue in cheek, but very good in their ways. This one is far better for my own opinion and closer to a classical way of filming, although remaining very very dark and depressing. I say it's a masterpiece, close to what the Korean film industry may give us so often these last years. it's an action movie whilst being an emotion film. You have poignant, gripping sequences here, with a powerful acting too. And some scenes, in their way of filming, camera angles, reminded me some Jean-Pierre Melville's features. Miike Takashi has already said over and over that Melville was one of his master.

I guess that's his best piece of work up to now, if not the most representative from his whole filmography.

Don't miss it at any price.

I am sure the US movie industry in Hollywood will make a remake of this one. I am even surprised that the Americans have never made such a film with such a topic. But after all, maybe I am wrong.


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