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Cannes: New Pics & Trailer For Takashi Miike's Competition Contender 'Shield Of Straw'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
May 8, 2013 4:17 PM
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Over the course of his career, Takashi Miike has largely been known for his gonzo, hyper-violent Yakuza flicks, candy-colored and bonkers kids movies and a work ethic that outpaces James Franco. But a contender for the Palme d'Or? Indeed, back in 2011 his sleepy "Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai" quietly got a competition slot and this year, so too does he police procedural "Shield Of Straw." Can it realistically be a player against folks like Alexander Payne, Asghar Farhadi, The Coen Brothers, Steven Soderbergh, Roman Polanski and others?

Well, a batch of new pics and a trailer (not subtitled, unfortunately) are here for first impressions and...it looks rather routine. But also, this is a pretty horribly cut trailer, so we can't really be too harsh of a judge. Here's the official synopsis:

"Kill Kunihide Kiyomaru, and I will pay you 1 billion Yen." This is the ad placed in all the main  newspapers in Japan. In placing the ad, the powerful multi-billionnaire Ninagawa puts an irresistible price on the head of the man he believes to be his granddaughter's killer. Realising he has become a  target for millions of people, Kiyomaru turns himself in at the Fukuoka Police Station. Four officers are dispatched to bring Kiyomaru back to Tokyo, risking their own life, but now any number of assassins lie in wait on the 1.200km journey. The trip becomes a hellish chase, with potential killers at every turn. Will the police get Kiyomaru to Tokyo to face justice, or will justice of a different nature prevail?

That plot does sound like it has potential, and if it means anything to you, this was based on the book by Kazuhiro Kiuchi. Watch the trailer (via MCN) below and check out some pics.

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7 Comments

  • RNL | May 9, 2013 1:36 PMReply

    @ARCH - If you just add this phrase to the end of the URL you can get to page 2: ?page=2#blogPostHeaderPanel

  • Arch | May 9, 2013 6:06 AMReply

    @RNL & RP: Same here. Grey background, can't reach page 2...

  • RNL | May 8, 2013 8:07 PMReply

    @RP - Nope, same thing, still non-responsive, un-navigatable. It's the only page that's like this for me, so it's probably not something wrong on my end.

  • Potion Lords | May 8, 2013 8:06 PMReply

    Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai definitely deserved that slot. It was one of his most restrained and beautiful films. But if that didn't get awards, I doubt any of his films will.

  • Pierre | May 8, 2013 5:57 PMReply

    Well this looks fucking awesome.

  • RP | May 8, 2013 4:51 PMReply

    try again? We just did some work on it.

  • RNL | May 8, 2013 4:32 PMReply

    FYI, on the interview with Ben Wheatley that just went up, everything below the title is unresponsive for me and the page background is grey and misaligned; I couldn't click through to the 2nd page and I couldn't leave a comment (hence this).

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