Director Takashi Miike’s “Shield of Straw” is all set to bow in Japanese theaters later this month. In order to entice moviegoers into a darkened room with the filmmaker’s latest creation, the promotional team has unleashed the poster you see below. It’s nothing overwhelming snazzy, mind you, but at least it’s for a Takashi Miike movie. That alone makes it worthy of my attention. Feel free to insert fanboy fanfare here. You won’t hurt my feelings. Much.
This synopsis should help set the proverbial stage:
Ninagawa is a powerful man in Japanese politics and with top economic connections. His granddaughter is then murdered. The suspect is Kunihide Kiyomaru. Kunihide Kiyomaru has a prior conviction for assaulting and killing a girl 8 years ago. The police could never apprehend the suspect in the prior killing.
Three months after the murder of his granddaughter, Ninagawa places a whole page ad in the 3 big Japanese newspapers. The ad states “Please kill this man Kunihide Kiyomaru and I will pay you 1,000,000,000 yen as a reward.” Meanwhile, Kunihide Kiyomaru sees the ad and begins to fear for his life. Kunihide Kiyomaru then turns himself in at the Fukuoka Police Station. Five detectives from the security section (SP) of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department travel to Fukuoka to escort Kunihide Kiyomaru back to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. The distance between Fukuoka and Tokyo is apprixmately 1,200 km. During their fateful trip, a significant portion of the Japanese population plot to kill Kunihide Kiyomaru. Many of those people, actually pursue Kunihide Kiyomaru while he goes back to Tokyo to get the 1 billion yen reward. The lonely fight of the five detectives to protect this man begins.
Did I mention the film features acclaimed Japanese actor Tatsuya Fujiwara? Probably not, but I’m sure you already knew that. Don’t pretend you’re not as up on this stuff as I am. Otherwise you wouldn’t be here. But, I digress.
Takashi Miike’s “Shield of Straw” (aka “Straw Shield,” “Wara No Tate”) opens in theaters in Japan on April 26, 2013. When will the movie show up elsewhere? Well, I’m not entirely sure. Fingers crossed that the flick gets a proper Stateside release at some point down the road. You can peep the latest trailer and the new poster below.
Via : 24 Frames Per Second