Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021)

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Director: Sion Sono Run Time: 103 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

Starring: Bill Moseley, Nick Cassavetes, Nicolas Cage, Sofia Boutella, TAK∴

Countries: United States
Language: English

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About the film:

Official Selection of Sundance Film Festival 2021In the treacherous, post-apocalyptic frontier city of Samurai Town, the notorious criminal Hero is sprung from jail by wealthy warlord The Governor, whose adopted granddaughter Bernice has disappeared into the mysterious Ghostland, a nuclear wasteland populated by fearsome gunslingers, lethal swordsmen, vengeful ghosts and a deranged desert cult.

Offered his freedom in exchange for finding the young woman, Hero is strapped into a leather suit — set to explode if he takes too long — and sets off on a journey of redemption.

About the filmmaker:

Prolific Japanese auteur Sion Sono has emerged as one of the most distinctive directors of the century. He has crafted over 50 films of various genres, including his breakthrough feature Suicide Club, as well as Exte, Love Exposure, Cold Fish, Tokyo Tribe, Tag, Antiporno, and Why Don’t You Play in Hell? Always pushing boundaries, his films have won at Berlin, Toronto, and Fantasia, among others.

Prisoners of the Ghostland is Sono’s first overseas production and English-language debut, from a gonzo script by Aaron Hendry and Reza Sixo Safai.

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