Wara no tate (Shield of Straw)
Wara no tate (Shield of Straw) (2013)

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… More

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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York

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

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Shaun Munro
Film School Rejects

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

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Tim Grierson
Screen International

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

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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter

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

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Craig Skinner
HeyUGuys

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

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Simon Gallagher
What Culture

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.

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Peter Debruge
Variety

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

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Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist

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.

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Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

An enjoyably silly police thriller ...

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