Based on a novel by Kazuhiro Kiuchi, the movie stars Tatsuya Fujiwara as a killer named Kiyomaru Kunihide who murders the granddaughter of a powerful figure in the political and financial world (Tsutomu Yamazaki). A few months later, Kiyomaru discovers the man has offered a 1 billion yen reward to anyone who manages to kill him. Fearing for his own life, he turns himself in to Fukuoka Prefectural Police.
Five elite Security Police are tasked with escorting Kiyomaru from Fukuoka to Tokyo, but they’re repeatedly blocked by citizens and other police looking to collect on the reward and/or exact revenge. Meanwhile, a conflict arises when one of the SP officers, Kazuki Mekari (Takao Osawa), begins to doubt if they should even bother protecting a despicable person like Kiyomaru while his partner, Atsuko Shiraiwa (Nanako Matsushima), remains duty-bound.
“Shield of Straw” will be released by Warner Bros. in Japan on April 26, 2013.