Wara no tate (Shield of Straw)
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Wara no tate (Shield of Straw)
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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is lowest-common-denominator gibberish that follows an extras-crowding, helicopter shot-abusing arc to a leaden finale."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"An absurd yet entertaining thriller that dispenses with the preciousness of the Cannes Film Festival's In Competition banner."
‑ Shaun Munro, Film School Rejects
"The movie has its pulpy thrills -- not to mention a gripping central performance from Takao Osawa -- but plausibility issues and an unconvincing exploration of the limits of justice noticeably dampen the fun"
‑ Tim Grierson, Screen International
"A diverting but generic dose of psychologically thin B-movie suspense from the normally more outré Takashi Miike."
‑ David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
"Miike rarely dips too far below the surface but this all gives interesting flavour to what is already a very enjoyable thriller."
‑ Craig Skinner, HeyUGuys
"Rather than the insanity we're used to, played against a backdrop of Miike, winking at the camera, the director has gone, dare I say it, serious."
‑ Simon Gallagher, What Culture
"An enticing blockbuster concept gets a lackluster execution from Japanese genre director Takashi Miike."
‑ Peter Debruge, Variety
"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."
‑ Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist
"An enjoyably silly police thriller ..."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
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