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Takashi Miike's Shield of Straw is getting an English-language remake

08.26.2015

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Deadline is reporting that Chris and Paul Weitz are developing an English-language remake of Takashi Miike's SHIELD OF STRAW (WARA NO TATE) through their Depth of Field banner, with All Nippon Entertainment Works and Nippon Television. A director hasn't been announced yet, but the screenplay is being written by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt, the husband-and-wife team who penned the scripts for OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN and LONDON HAS FALLEN.

The original movie "centers on a team of five police officers charged with protecting an accused killer who has been marked for death by the billionaire grandfather of his latest victim," and starred Takao Osawa (THE TERMINAL TRUST, MIDNIGHT EAGLE), Nanako Matsushima (RINGU, Kaseifu no Mita) and Tatsuya Fujiwara (BATTLE ROYALE, DEATH NOTE).

Chris Weitz on SHIELD OF STRAW:

What struck us most about the original film was how at the core of this action thriller, there was an intense morality tale. It’s one that analyzed the gray area between the law and justice, as well as what rights a presumed murderer should truly have. There are no easy answers. We want audiences to leave the theatre discussing what they would have done in a similar situation.

Takashi Miike's Japanese police thriller was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, however it received mixed reviews upon its release. I've heard good things about the film from a few of my friends though, and I have been meaning to check it out. Are you interested in seeing an English remake of SHIELD OF STRAW?

Source: Deadline

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8:01AM on 08/27/2015
The Japanese movie plot isn't the most original, but I'm curious on how it being set in contemporary Japan influence the story. A Hollywood version would probably be relatively easy to do since as someone has mentioned, 16 Blocks and Smokin' Aces did it first. Heck, the whole second and third act of SWAT is basically the same movie. So now I'm more interested in seeing the original movie than the adaptation.
The Japanese movie plot isn't the most original, but I'm curious on how it being set in contemporary Japan influence the story. A Hollywood version would probably be relatively easy to do since as someone has mentioned, 16 Blocks and Smokin' Aces did it first. Heck, the whole second and third act of SWAT is basically the same movie. So now I'm more interested in seeing the original movie than the adaptation.
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12:32PM on 08/26/2015

Nobody is crazy enough to go FULL MIIKE

The american version will suck because it won't be as crazy as Miike's film. TM is one of those so batshit insane directors that just oozes flair and style pulling off the perfect amount of comedy and drama. Everyone needs to watch Like A Dragon. It's one of the few good movies based on a video game. Also watch The Great Yokai War. A remake of the classic 60s film Yokai Monsters.
The american version will suck because it won't be as crazy as Miike's film. TM is one of those so batshit insane directors that just oozes flair and style pulling off the perfect amount of comedy and drama. Everyone needs to watch Like A Dragon. It's one of the few good movies based on a video game. Also watch The Great Yokai War. A remake of the classic 60s film Yokai Monsters.
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1:39PM on 08/26/2015
Shield of Straw is not "full Miike" by any means (e.g. Ichi the Killer, the DOA trilogy and Gozu), and it was pretty much globally knocked. It's one of the more mainstream entries that he does to be able to make the batshit crazy ones. Not that your post makes any sense: a "crazy" film is automatically a good one?
Shield of Straw is not "full Miike" by any means (e.g. Ichi the Killer, the DOA trilogy and Gozu), and it was pretty much globally knocked. It's one of the more mainstream entries that he does to be able to make the batshit crazy ones. Not that your post makes any sense: a "crazy" film is automatically a good one?
12:27PM on 08/26/2015
The original sucks so there's a rare chance for the US remake to be better. If they do a good job we could be in for a fun 16 Block meets Smokin' Aces type of flick.
The original sucks so there's a rare chance for the US remake to be better. If they do a good job we could be in for a fun 16 Block meets Smokin' Aces type of flick.
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