Wara no tate (Shield of Straw) (2013)

Wara no tate (Shield of Straw) (2013)




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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.
Mystery & Suspense
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Nanako Matsushima
as Atsuko Shiraiwa
Tatsuya Fujiwara
as Kunihide Kiyomaru
Takao Osawa
as Kazuki Mekari
Kento Nagayama
as Masaki kamihashi
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Critic Reviews for Wara no tate (Shield of Straw)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

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

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 20, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

An enticing blockbuster concept gets a lackluster execution from Japanese genre director Takashi Miike.

Full Review… | May 20, 2013
Top Critic

An absurd yet entertaining thriller that dispenses with the preciousness of the Cannes Film Festival's In Competition banner.

Full Review… | May 21, 2013
Film School Rejects

Miike rarely dips too far below the surface but this all gives interesting flavour to what is already a very enjoyable thriller.

Full Review… | May 20, 2013

The killer's final lines suggest a gleeful, pitch black perversity that the rest of Shield of Straw could have used, but instead it's a thoroughly below average genre flick that's empty on ideas and entertainment value.

Full Review… | May 20, 2013
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