Prisoners of the Ghostland

Sion Sono, USA, Japan 2021, 103’
Polish premiere
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This project is like a dream come true for a blasé midnight movie fan who, after years of enjoying film curiosities, realizes that the only thing he hasn’t seen is Nicolas Cage in a Sion Sono film. And here it is, a collaboration between the leading eccentric of Japanese cinema and the most expressive American actor, with a result that brings an expectedly peculiar variation on the theme of Escape from New York. A criminal forced to extract a missing girl from the post-apocalyptic Ghostland is to be kept in check by a special explosive-laden outfit (including on his crotch), to protect the lady from any non-chivalrous behavior. It sounds funny, but looks far more serious Prisoners of the Ghostland is the story of a man confronted with his dark side.

Piotr Mirski

Sion Sono

Sion Sono was born in 1961 in the Aichi Prefecture, Japan. He is a a poet, performer, painter, but most of all a filmmaker. Sono gained wider acclaim thanks to the Suicide Club and his magnum opus is the four-hour Love Exposure. He has won awards at festivals in Berlin and Karlovy Vary. Sono frequently uses popular genres, the grotesque and touches on taboo subjects. Despite thedirector's extensive oeuvre, Prisoners of the Ghostland is his English-language debut. 

Selected filmography

2001 Klub samobójców / Jisatsu Circle / Suicide Club

2008 Miłość obnażona / Ai no mukidashi / Love Exposure

2010 Zimna ryba / Tsumetai nettaigyo / Cold Fish

2013 Zabawmy się w piekle / Jigoku de naze warui? / Why Don't You Play in Hell?

2014 Tokyo Tribe

2016 Antyporno / Anchiporuno / Antiporno

2021 Więźniowie Ghostland / Prisoners of the Ghostland

Cast & Crew

director Sion Sono
screenplay Aaron Hendry, Reza Sixo Safai
cinematography Sôhei Tanikawa
editing Taylor Levy
music Joseph Trapanese
cast Nicolas Cage, Sofia Boutella, Nick Cassavetes, Bill Moseley, Tak Sakaguchi
producer Nate Bolotin, Michael Mendelsohn, Kô Mori, Laura Rister, Reza Sixo Safai, Shôhei Sano
production Patriot Pictures, Eleven Arts, Baked Studios, Boos Boos Bang Bang, RLJE Films, Untitled Entertainment, XYZ Films
Polish distributor Monolith Films
language English, Japanese, Mandarin
coloration colour
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