The filmography of Takashi Miike is so massive it can make your head spin. The Japanese filmmaker’s most notable recent works include “13 Assassins” and “Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai,” the latter premiering in Cannes just two years ago. He’s already made four feature films since then and has yet another one, “Wara no Tate,” coming out this year. A Japanese trailer for “Wara no Tate” — aka "Straw Shield" in English — has now landed online (sorry, no subtitles), and it looks like we could be in for yet another thrill ride from the prolific director.
Based on a novel by Kazuhiro Kiuchi, “Wara no Tate” follows Kunihide Kiyomaru, a man suspected of killing the granddaughter of a powerful man in Japanese politics, who begins to fear for his life after an ad is placed in three big Japanese newspapers offering one billion yen to the person who can capture and kill him. Kiyomaru decides to turn himself in to the police and soon word catches on that he’s being transferred to the Tokyo Police Department. Five detectives must protect the man from the thousands of people who are trying to kill him for the reward. Kiyomaru is played by Tatsuya Fujiwara, who you may recognize from the acclaimed Japanese film “Battle Royale.”
The film has no US release date yet, but hopefully we’ll hear something soon. In the meantime, be sure to check out the trailer below. [Bleeding Cool]