Director Sion Sono’s Prisoners of the Ghostland doesn’t reach theatres until September 17th, but we already know when it’s going to be released on DVD and Blu-ray. That date is November 16th – and Amazon is already accepting pre-orders! If you want to secure a copy of the film that star Nicolas Cage has said “might be the wildest movie” he has ever made, click HERE.
Described as a “delirious mash-up of Western, samurai, and post-apocalyptic thriller”, the film 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.
I’m not going to rush to buy a copy of Prisoners of the Ghostland myself, as I’m trying to hold my expectations in check despite how cool the movie sounds. JoBlo’s own Chris Bumbray got to see it as part of this year’s Sundance Film Festival and was not blown away by it. You can read his 5/10 review at THIS LINK.
A prequel comic that sets up the events of the film is available from Patriot Comic Books.