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In the treacherous frontier city of Samurai Town, a ruthless bank robber (Nicolas Cage) is sprung from jail by wealthy warlord The Governor (Bill Moseley), whose adopted granddaughter Bernice (Sofia Boutella) has gone missing.
“If you’re a fan of the bold and outrageous, get on board with Prisoners of the Ghostland, and hold the ‘F’ on.” – Kristy Strouse, Film Inquiry
The Governor offers the prisoner his freedom in exchange for retrieving the runaway. Strapped into a leather suit that will self-destruct within five days, the bandit sets off on a journey to find the young woman–and his own path to redemption. Genre master Sion Sono’s delirious mash-up of Western, samurai and post-apocalyptic thriller is a sly spoof of the hero’s journey. Cage, in one of his most unhinged performances to date, swaggers through a wasteland populated by fearsome gunslingers, lethal swordsmen, vengeful ghosts and a deranged desert cult. A gonzo kaleidoscope of upended exploitation tropes, balletic fight scenes and audacious needle drops, Prisoners of the Ghostland is a midnight movie lover’s dream come true. (Dir. by Sion Sono, 2021, USA, 103 mins., Not Rated)