Takashi Miike's Wara no Tate Film to Screen at Cannes

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins

The Cannes Film Festival in France announced its screenings for this year's May 15-26 event, including Takashi Miike's (Yatterman, Crows Zero, Ace Attorney) Wara no Tate (Shield of Straw) film. The film will screen in competition for the festival's top honor, the Palme d'Or.

The thriller stars Takao Osawa (Jin Minakata in the live-action Jin) and Nanako Matsushima (Reiko Asakawa in Ringu). In the film, Osawa and Matsushima will play police officers who are transporting a confessed killer across the country. En route, they must evade bounty hunters out to collect the US$12 million bounty on the murderer's head offered by the victim's rich grandfather. Tatsuya Fujiwara (Death Note) will play the killer.

Miike has previously had two other films screen at Cannes: Ichimei — a live-action 3D film remake of the 1962 film Seppuku (Harakiri) in 2011, and the live-action film adaptation of Ikki Kajiwara's Ai to Makoto (Ai and Makoto) romance manga in 2012. Ichimei competed for the Palme d'Or award, and Ai to Makoto (For Love's Sake) screened as part of the "Midnight Screenings" section of the festival.

Kore-eda Hirokazu's Soshite Chichi ni Naru (Like Father, Like Son) film about babies switched at birth will also screen in competition.

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