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Prisoners of the Ghostland is a 2021 New Old West action film starring Nicolas Cage and Sofia Boutella and directed by Sion Sono.

Nicolas Cage plays Hero, a man, who, following a botched bank robbery, is hired by a ruthless dictator known as the Governor to find his missing granddaughter, Bernice. He is equipped with a suit that, should he fail to comply with the Governor's orders, will self destruct in five days.


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  • Hazy Feel Turn: Yasujiro grows sick and tired of the Governor after he is forced to execute Stella, but he still fights Hero in the final battle.
  • Informed Flaw: We are told the ghosts have taken all joy and liveliness from the children of the Ghostland. In spite of this, and living in a nightmarish wasteland, they seem like normal, happy children.
  • Madness Mantra: "Tick... tock... tick... tock..." Said as Yashiro executes a helpless Stella.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: The Governor doesn't have any fighting skills, leaving all the heavy lifting to Yasujiro.
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