Prisoners of the Ghostland

Prisoners of the Ghostland

Prisoners of the Ghostland

Nicolas Cage leads this samurai-heavy post-apocalypse Western, the English-language debut from beloved filmmaking madman Sion Sono (Why Don't You Play in Hell?).

In the treacherous frontier city of Samurai Town, a ruthless bank robber is sprung from jail by wealthy warlord The Governor, whose adopted granddaughter Bernice 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.

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Prisoners of the Ghostland / Reviews

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

It's certainly never dull. How could it be really?

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Bloody Disgusting

Bloody Disgusting

A triumph for bizarro cinema.

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Slash Film

Slash Film

A maniacal whirlwind of cinematic insanity...

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IGN

IGN

A particularly surreal tribute to the Western, the Samurai film, and the Mad Max post-apocalypse.

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Total Film

Total Film

Really there's only one word to describe it: nuts.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

The film is a profound disappointment in part because it feels so overdetermined to live up to Sion Sono and Nicholas Cage's respective brands.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

A cheeky picture whose melodramatic grandeur is undercut by the story's knowing preposterousness.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

If you like Westerns, martial arts, Japanese cinema, Nicolas Cage, or anything weird AF, then this is certainly for you.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

It is an excellent introduction to the director for anyone who hasn't dipped into his filmography. And Cage? It's another solid, snarling turn from the hardest working action man in Hollywood.

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Film School Rejects

Film School Rejects

Sion Sono's arguably got something to say here - he usually does - but his themes are typically far more successful when paired with more entertaining and/or thoughtful fare.

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Collider

Collider

If you give yourself over to this thing, it's a neon-lit ride worth taking.

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