Prisoners of the Ghostland
Directed by: Sion Sono
USA, 2021, 100m
East Coast Premiere
This film is NOT available virtually and can only be seen at Enzian Theater.
In the treacherous frontier city of Samurai Town, a ruthless bank robber (Nicolas Cage, dozens of legendary roles) is sprung from jail by wealthy warlord The Governor (Bill Moseley, The Devil’s Rejects), whose adopted granddaughter Bernice (Sofia Boutella, Atomic Blonde) has gone missing. 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. Legendary Japanese cult-director Sion Sono’s (Suicide Club, Cold Fish) marks his English-language debut with this delirious mash-up of Western, samurai, and post-apocalyptic thrillers. Think Mad Max trapped in a Sergio Leone film with “Rage” Cage, in one of his most unhinged performances to date, swaggering through a wasteland populated by fearsome gunslingers, lethal swordsmen, vengeful ghosts, and a deranged desert cult. Sono orchestrates his large international cast through a kaleidoscope of upended exploitation tropes, balletic fight scenes, and audacious needle drops. Liberated from genre conventions, Prisoners of the Ghostland is destined to leaving you asking, “WTF did I just watch?”