Director Sion Sono’s Prisoners of the Ghostland reaches theatres today, September 17th, and to mark the occasion we’ve gotten our hands on a clip from the film that shows one of the film’s biggest draws, as far as I’m concerned: Nicolas Cage and Bill Moseley sharing the screen. Cage doesn’t have much to say in the clip embedded above, but Moseley has plenty of dialogue to deliver in a Southern drawl.
Described as a “delirious mash-up of Western, samurai, and post-apocalyptic thriller”, Prisoners of the Ghostland was written by Aaron Hendry and Reza Sixo Safai. It’s set
in the treacherous frontier city of Samurai Town, where a ruthless bank robber (Cage) is sprung from jail by wealthy warlord The Governor (Bill Moseley), whose adopted granddaughter Bernice (Sofia Boutella) 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 three days, the bandit sets off on a journey to find the young woman — and his own path to redemption.
Bernice has “disappeared into a dark supernatural universe”, and Sono has said that “There are samurais, there are ninjas, and ghosts are part of the story as well.” Sono wouldn’t promise that this is Cage’s wildest film, but said if viewers “think that this is the wildest movie that he’s ever made, the craziest movie that he’s ever made, then I would be really really happy to hear that.”
Cage, Moseley, and Boutella are joined in the cast by Tak Sakaguchi, Yuzuka Nakaya, and Nick Cassavetes.
If you don’t want to head out to a theatre to see Prisoners of the Ghostland, Amazon is already accepting pre-orders for the DVD and Blu-ray release, which is scheduled for November 16th. Copies can be secured at THIS LINK. Although I am very interested in seeing this movie, it is a “wait for video” one for me.
A prequel comic that sets up the events of the film is available from Patriot Comic Books.