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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.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writers:

Kazuhiro Kiuchi (based on the novel by), Tamio Hayashi (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Takao Ohsawa ... Kazuki Mekari
Nanako Matsushima ... Atsuko Shiraiwa
Gorô Kishitani ... Takeshi Okumura
Masatô Ibu 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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Storyline

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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Thriller

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 April 2013 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Shield of Straw See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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More Mainstream Miike, But None The Less Enjoyable
6 December 2013 | by TheFilmGuy1See all my reviews

Comparing this film to some of Miike's other films (such as Ichi The Killer or Fudoh), you can tell he's going for a more mainstream style here. The film revolves around a team of police officers (or Security Police as they're referenced as) who are tasked with the job of protecting a murder with a one billion Yen bounty on his head. I loved this concept (which is reminiscent of S.W.A.T's storyline) and it got me invested in the story. The idea of all of Japan having their eyes on one man was extremely interesting and gave major tension to the film. You never knew who was going to try to claim that bounty and at what time. I did have some gripes with the film, such as Nanako Matsushima's character constantly threatening Kiyomaru and then suddenly saying she was testing them, but overall I had a fun time with this. Don't go into the film expecting Miikes' usual bloody and twisted style, but instead a more mainstream and entertaining film with a little bit of thought to it.


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