Fujiwara Tatsuya Turns Child Killer In Miike Takashi's SHIELD OF STRAW. Watch A Teaser And Clip Now!

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Japanese actor Fujiwara Tatsuya will likely never fully shake his public image as the teary eyed and overly earnest lead of Fukasaku Kinji's Battle Royale but he's certainly giving it the old college try with his recent decisions. Fresh off of playing an enigmatic cult leader in Toyoda Toshiaki's I'm Flash, Fujiwara returns to the big screen playing a confessed child killer in Miike Takashi's Shield Of Straw.

Based on a novel by Kuichi Kazuhiro, the plot is devilishly simple. Fujiwara has been captured and confessed and now must be taken across the country to stand trial, escorted by a pair of police officers played by popular television actors Osawa Takao and Matsushima Nanako. The problem is that his young victim's grandfather is very, very wealthy and very, very unsatisfied with the prospect of conventional justice. And so he is offering a twelve million dollar bounty to anyone who can kill his grandchild's killer en route.

The Japanese theatrical release is planned for spring 2013 but the first teaser and a clip from the film - showing exactly what twelve million dollars looks like when spread out on a table - have arrived online. Check them below.
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  • foolmoon

    the story sounds like the movie S.W.A.T. from 2003

  • Patryk

    I love this guy, he makes so many movies in a year and they are all really entertaining. Takashi Miike is the man.

  • Guro Taku

    Looks like it could be a solid thriller.

  • BelmontHeir

    There's probably an even younger generation that doesn't even know about Battle Royale, but has seen Tatsuya in the live-action Death Note movie. The guy knows how to insert himself into iconic movies.

  • R Skse

    Damn, this looks good. Hope Miike keeps a steady move back towards his insane dark directing style..

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