Shield of Straw

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Shield of Straw
Shield of Straw poster.jpg
Directed byTakashi Miike
Produced byNaoaki Kitajima
Shigeji Maeda
Misako Saka
Written byTamio Hayashi
Based onWara no Tate
by Kazuhiro Kiuchi
StarringTakao Osawa
Nanako Matsushima
Tatsuya Fujiwara
Tsutomu Yamazaki
Music byKôji Endô
CinematographyNobuyasu Kita
Edited byKenji Yamashita
Straw Shield Production Committee
Distributed byWarner Bros. (Japan)
Release date
  • 26 April 2013 (2013-04-26)
Running time
125 minutes

Shield of Straw (Japanese: 藁の楯, Hepburn: Wara no Tate) is a 2013 Japanese political spy thriller film directed by Takashi Miike.[1] It was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival[2] and it was released on April 26, 2013.[3]


Ninagawa was a powerful man in Japanese politics and with top economic connections. His granddaughter is then murdered. The suspect is Kunihide Kiyomaru (Tatsuya Fujiwara). Three months after the murder of his granddaughter, Ninagawa places a whole page ad in the 3 big Japanese newspapers. The ad then states that if Kiyomaru was executed, Ninagawa will offer 1,000,000,000 as a reward. Kunihide Kiyomaru turns himself in at the Fukuoka Prefectural 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.



On 24 October 2016, it was announced that Europacorp is planning an English-language remake to be penned by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt and produced by Depth of Field's Chris Weitz, Andrew Miano and Dan Balgoyen and All Nippon Entertainment Works's Sanford Climan and Annmarie Bailey, and Nippon Television's Naoaki Kitajima.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ "Miike Casts Jin's Osawa, Ring's Matsushima, Death Note's Fujiwara". Anime News Network. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  2. ^ "2013 Official Selection". Cannes. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  3. ^ Schilling, Mark (1 August 2012). "Japanese helmer Miike sets up 'Shield'". Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  4. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (24 October 2016). "EuropaCorp Boards English-Language Remake of Japanese Thriller 'Shield of Straw'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (24 October 2016). "'Shield of Straw' Remake in the Works With Backing From Luc Besson, Weitz Brothers". Variety. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (25 August 2015). "'Shield of Straw' English-Language Remake in the Works With Chris Weitz". Variety. Retrieved 28 January 2017.

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