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Shield of Straw (2013)

Wara no tate (original title)
A team of cops must protect an accused killer with a billion-yen bounty on his head.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writers:

Kazuhiro Kiuchi (based on the novel by), Tamio Hayashi (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Takao Osawa ... Kazuki Mekari
Nanako Matsushima ... Atsuko Shiraiwa
Gorô Kishitani ... Takeshi Okumura
Masatô Ibu ... Kenji Sekiya
Kento Nagayama ... Masaki Kamihashi
Hirotarô Honda Hirotarô Honda ... Ohki
Kazuya Takahashi Kazuya Takahashi
Gô Ibuki Gô Ibuki
Takuma Otoo Takuma Otoo
Kenji Nagae Kenji Nagae
Wataru Shihôdô Wataru Shihôdô
Kazuyoshi Ozawa Kazuyoshi Ozawa
Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi
Yasukaze Motomiya Yasukaze Motomiya
Miho Ninagawa 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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Master-filmmaker Miike goes deep. Never felt so good watching his work.
2 December 2013 | by killahdelfinSee all my reviews

Shield of Straw probably is Miike's most humane and ''deep''-film. After watching it you will think about it for hours.

Does it place a mirror in front of our politically-correct pseudo-''good mind'' society and say : ''Look how absurd and self-righteous you are!'' Does it show us a true modern hero -Mirari ? One who stayed true to his principles when other were driven by greed and weakness? Does it examine the psychology of ''our money is everything'' mindset? Almost limitless food for thought. And that s what makes a film excellent. Not to mention the good as always story , acting , cinematography , soundtrack , etc. Some say Miike went mainstream with his film- wrong! Sorry for you-better watch Transformers then.

After watching it you will think about it for hours. As always the master filmmaker knows how to grip the viewer and no letting loose. Unique , gripping , provocative...and good. Watching Miike ,known for his bizarre and brutal films, never felt so right. 8/10 Drama Miike-style.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 April 2013 (Japan) See more »

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Tokyo, Japan See more »

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$17,876,628
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2.35 : 1
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