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Encore: Fri-Sun, Oct 1-3


  • Dir. Sion Sono
  • USA/Japan
  • 2021
  • 100 min.
  • R
  • DCP
  • Assistive Listening
  • Hearing Loop

“It might be the wildest movie I’ve ever made, and that’s saying something,” says totally normal Nicolas Cage, who joins forces with the prolific Japanese provocateur Sion Sono (LOVE EXPOSURE) for this gonzo marriage made in midnight movie heaven. In the treacherous frontier city of Samurai Town, a ruthless bank robber (Nicolas 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 five days, the bandit sets off on a journey to find the young woman — and his own path to redemption.

“Cage wasn’t kidding when he called this one of his ‘wildest’ films. The collision of influences alone is a deranged delight…. It’s bonkers. It’s brilliant. It’s Nicolas Cage in all his give-no-fucks glory.” —Kristy Puchko, Mel Magazine

“An over-the-top love letter to the genre, a head-on collision of East and West that, in a just world, would deserve at least as many sequels as JOHN WICK. At its best, its genre cinema at its purest and storytelling eccentricity at its most entertaining — like Akira Kurosawa by way of Baz Luhrmann, with the volume turned all the way up.” —Colin Fitzgerald, Pop Matters