View Full Version : Takashi Miike's Straw Shield

Ian Jane
02-16-2013, 10:50 AM
New Miike on the way... from Twitch (http://twitchfilm.com/2013/02/trailer-miike-takashi-wara-no-tate-straw-shield.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TwitchEverything+%28Twitch%29 ):

"ased on a novel by Kiuchi Kazuhiro, the movie stars Fujiwara Tatsuya as a killer named Kunihide Kiyomaru, who murders the granddaughter of a powerful figure in the political and financial world (Yamazaki Tsutomu). A few months later, Kiyomaru discovers the man has offered a 1 billion yen reward to anyone who manages to kill him. Fearing for his own life, he turns himself in to Fukuoka Prefectural Police.

Five elite Security Police are tasked with escorting Kiyomaru from Fukuoka to Tokyo, but they're repeatedly blocked by citizens and other police looking to collect on the reward and or exact revenge. Meanwhile, a conflict arises when one of the SP officers, Mekari Kazuki (Osawa Takao), begins to doubt if they should even bother protecting a despicable person like Kiyomaru while his partner, Shiraiwa Atsuko (Matsushima Nanako), remains duty-bound."



Ian Jane
05-20-2013, 01:44 PM
This played Cannes, Twitch gives it a so-so review (http://twitchfilm.com/2013/05/cannes-2013-takashi-miikes-shield-of-straw-gets-middling-results-from-high-concept.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TwitchEverything+%28Twitch%29 ).

05-20-2013, 06:24 PM
Is Miike EVER going to slow down????

It feels like the guy is making new movies every week:funny:

03-04-2014, 06:05 PM
Finally got around to catching this one & yeah, I have to concur with that twitch review and say that Miike played it too safe. Sad to say & it pains me as a Miike fan but that's a rather common refrain lately when it comes to his latest output. Is there another director that has such wide gulf between truly exceptional works and complete duds?

It was way too predictable & cliche to merit a second viewing or adding the physical media to my ever growing Miike collection. This is for Miike completists only. A real shame because the concept and premise behind the story could have been sensational if the material was 'handled' the right way. By 'right way', I mean even Miike's over the top quirky insanity would have been a much welcome touch of relief compared to this banality. The casting was off too -- Fujiwara just doesn't possess the gravitas to pull off the role of the serial child rapist killer and Nanako Matsushima seems to still be in character as Mita, The Housekeeper because she is completely devoid of any emotion here. Really lackluster acting performances all around didn't help this movie any either.






Terry C
03-05-2014, 02:54 AM
Miike played it too safe. Sad to say & it pains me as a Miike fan but that's a rather common refrain lately when it comes to his latest output.

Lesson of the Evil was far from this.

03-05-2014, 08:00 AM
Lesson of the Evil was far from this.
Correct....Seems Miike dips in and out of the "safer" movies as he wants to....LESSON OF THE EVIL was more like his old style....where it seems like this one is a much more mainstream movie...Not many directors could switch between the two as easily as Miike does...

03-05-2014, 11:21 PM
Lesson of the Evil was far from this.
yeah, one flick in the last 5 years by my count. I guess I got spoiled by his middle period when he was turning out ICHI, VISITOR Q, HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS, GOZU, etc in rapid succession.