The movie is directed by the famous Japanese director, Sion Sono, being his first English language film. Production is by Reza Sixo Safai while XYZ Films is the production company.
The film major star is Nicholas Cage, others are Sofia Boutella, Nick Cassavetes, Bill Moseley, Aaron Hendry, Ed Skrein, Teresa Ruiz and Imogem Poots.
The action thriller movie is all about a notorious criminal that must break an evil curse in order to rescue an abducted girl who has mysteriously disappeared.
“Cage plays a bank robber who is freed from jail by Bill Moseley’s, wealthy warlord ‘The Governor’, so that he can try and locate the latter’s missing adopted granddaughter Bernice, played by Kingsman actress Sofia Boutella.
“Bernice lost her mother when she was a child and she was adopted by The Governor. The Governor got the Hero out of the prison, and he’s supposed to go and save the governor’s granddaughter. If his mission is completed, he’s supposed to be free, and he can walk away.
“The catch for Cage’s character? He is strapped into a leather suit that will self-destruct after five days unless he returns with Bernice. Also: “There are samurais, there are ninjas, and ghosts are part of the story as well,” said Sono.
Sono added: “The cast boasts a Face/Off reunion thanks to the presence of Nick Cassavetes, who played an associate of Cage’s villainous Castor Troy in John Woo’s 1997 body-swap action movie. “Nick Cassavetes’ character used to be a partner with the hero for things like bank robberies.
“They are notorious characters in the past. During one of the bank robberies, Nick Cassavetes’ character got caught and the hero run away. So, the character has a feeling against the hero.”
Initially, Sono had the intention of shooting the movie in Mexico but could not due to health problems.
“I had a heart attack before we went into the shooting,” said Sono
“I was living in Tokyo and Nicolas Cage himself suggested, ‘Why don’t we shoot in Japan instead?’ That gave a lot of essence to the east-meets-west stuff. That became quite different and super-interesting,” Sono explained.
Sono expressed that working with Cage is a joyous thing as he’s the easiest person to work with.
“He is literally the easiest person to work with in the world, in my opinion,” said Sono.
“He never acts like a star at all. He tried everything he can to make this movie great for Sion. He did everything for Sion. I actually feel fantastic. Great. Just so you know, I text with Nicholas on a daily basis and we share this happiness that the movie is showing at Sundance,” Sono expressed.
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