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165 Ratings

Shield of Straw

Wara no tate

Directed by Takashi Miike
Japan, 2013
Drama, Crime


A police unit must protect a confessed killer after the relatives of one of his victims puts a bounty on his head.

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Shield of Straw Directed by Takashi Miike
Shield of Straw has a lot going for it, particularly a very basic scenario that allows for the concatenation of a great many set-pieces and not a lot of unnecessary connective tissue. It’s about getting from Point A to Point B without getting killed, and without knowing who is going to turn on you at any given moment. This fundamental purity, a hallmark of genre work from Walter Hill and John Carpenter straight through to Kinji Fukasaku and Edgar Wright, is exploited with grace and economy here.
April 25, 2014
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[Shield of Straw] was a desultory offering; bereft of the delirious madness of his best work, it is a sub-par film which in no way distinguishes itself from any of the low-rent action movies perpetually churned out by the most mercenary tendencies within Hollywood.
July 07, 2013
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Shied of Straw" starts on an unlikely note only to grow more amusingly outlandish, though in truth its story isn’t much different from the silly sorts that often fill in the gaps between explosions in standard-issue blockbusters.
May 22, 2013
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