Wara no tate (Shield of Straw)


Wara no tate (Shield of Straw)

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Total Count: 10


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Police escort an accused killer with a 1 billion price tag on his head through an army of eager bounty hunters in this thriller from prolific director Takashi Miike. Ninagawa is a multi-billionaire who believes that his granddaughter was killed by Kunihide Kiyomaru (Tatsuya Fujiwara). Hungering for revenge, Ninagawa places an ad in all the major Japanese newspapers offering 1 billion to the person who kills Kiyomaru. Terrified, Kiyomaru quickly turns himself in to the Fukuoka Police. Later, as four cops risk their lives transporting Kiyomaru back to Tokyo, no one can be quite sure where the next bullet will come from.


Critic Reviews for Wara no tate (Shield of Straw)

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (6)

  • This is lowest-common-denominator gibberish that follows an extras-crowding, helicopter shot-abusing arc to a leaden finale.

    May 23, 2013 | Full Review…

    Keith Uhlich

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • A diverting but generic dose of psychologically thin B-movie suspense from the normally more outré Takashi Miike.

    May 20, 2013 | Full Review…
  • An enticing blockbuster concept gets a lackluster execution from Japanese genre director Takashi Miike.

    May 20, 2013 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Top Critic
  • Too bad that Miike didn't realize that a languorous, slow burn requires substantial fuel.

    Aug 12, 2019 | Full Review…
  • An absurd yet entertaining thriller that dispenses with the preciousness of the Cannes Film Festival's In Competition banner.

    May 21, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Miike rarely dips too far below the surface but this all gives interesting flavour to what is already a very enjoyable thriller.

    May 21, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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