Nowadays it takes something of pretty significant importance for me to post on LoLyfe.com. Today, one of those pretty significant things has happened…
Production I.G surprised fans in January with the announcement of a new Ghost in the Shell project. We were to wait by our persocom’s for further news… Then on Tuesday I saw this via the GITS Channel on YouTube. There isn’t much in the trailer that needs translating but the basics are that this is a prequel. It’s a four part mini-series. The first instalment is to be released on June 22 in Japanese cinemas with a Blu-ray and DVD version following closely behind on July 26. Subsequent episodes will be released after that but no dates (at this point) have been leaked.
The storyline is unavoidably the origin story of the lead protagonist of the series, Motoko Kusanagi. Geek food for this comes in the form of the voice actor that spoke the last line in the original Ghost in the Shell film, where Kusanagi is placed into the cyborg body of a young girl, will be handling the voice tasks for this series.
More news will undoubtedly follow and I will be following with extreme prejudice. Stay tuned…
From Director Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed, Appleseed EX Machina), comes the surprisingly cool looking Starship Troopers: Invasion — A CG epic based on Robert Heinlein‘s book and continuing ten years on from Paul Verhoeven’s ’97 effort (and thankfully, ignoring all subsequent sequels).
Johnnie To‘s never ending stream of production awesomeness hits again with the driving action film Motorway from Accident Director, Soi Chang. Starring Shawn Yue, Anthony Wong, Guo Xiaodong, Barbie Hsu and Josie Ho.
A driver for an elite undercover police squad called The Stealth Riders, comes up against underworld racers and cons on the run. His task is to bring down the legendary getaway driver who hasn’t been heard of for fifteen years.
The film is released in Hong Kong cinemas on the 21st of June, so it’ll be a few months before it surfaces on Blu-ray. In the meantime, check out the trailer: Continue reading →
I have just gotten around to watching Punished, the Johnnie To produced kidnap thriller starring Anthony Wong, Richie Jen and Maggie Cheung.
A top notch cast show their chops with this gritty tale of a kidnap and ransom gone wrong. Wong shows that he is still box office draw with a great performance as a real estate developer Wong Ho Chiu, whose wayward daughter is kidnapped for a hefty HKD$50 Million pay off. Chiu entrusts his loyal bodyguard Yiu Kai Chor (Richie Jen) to track down and take out each of the perpetrators involved in the botched kidnapping but he has to live with his decisions as Yiu keeps him appraised every step of the way. Continue reading →
Switch, the latest Andy Lau effort takes from James Bond and Ethan Hunt and by the looks of the trailer, it’s going to be a fantastic action romp.
Directed by Jay Sun and also starring Zhang Jingchu, Lin Chi-ling and Tong Dawei. Not much more information to offer as it’s just had the trailer premier at Cannes, which you can see in full HD below. Continue reading →
With the news today from Cannes that Jackie Chan is retiring from Action Films, his latest epic, Chinese Zodiac (aka CZ12), will be his last – we can at least rejoice that it is a sequel to the much loved 1991 caper Armour of God II – Operation Condor.
Jackie reprises his role as Asian Hawk as he battles to bring back bronze statue heads of the twelve zodiac animals.
“This is my last action film,” he said. “I tell you, I’m not young any more. I’m really, really tired. And the world is too violent right now. It’s a dilemma – I like action but I don’t like violence.”
Jackie is in Cannes for the yearly film festival to promote the upcoming film, and also to showcase his 1983 Masterpiece Project A, which is being screened at the Cinéma de la Plage tonight (18 May).
Check out the teaser for Chinese Zodiac (courtesy of Mtime.com) after the break Continue reading →
Director Hasumi Eiichiro (Umizaru) brings to the small screen, Wild 7. Starring Eita [Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai]), this action epic sports an all-star cast depicting a gang of reformed criminals who have been strung together by police to take down criminals that are protected by corrupt government officials.
Based on Mochizuki Mikiya‘s classic manga series from the 70′s, the film has been ported to modern day Japan and utilises blockbuster effects with fantastic results.
I’ve been waiting for news on this project since February’s Berlin Film Festival. Well, here’s a little teaser for the up coming movie Reign of Assassins directed by Su Caho-Bin with John Woo as co-director and producer. Not much to go on here apart from a cast list, but I’m still excited..!
Based on the Coen Brothers’ Blood Simple, Zhang Yimou‘s (House of Flying Daggers, Hero) A Simple Noodle Story – being released as A Woman, A Gun And A Noodle Shop – has a US trailer at last.
I’ve been waiting for this one for ages, it’s been too long since a Curse of the Golden Flower faded away and not including his Beijing Olympics opening ceremony credit, Yimou has been a little quiet of late. Although it looks as though by the time we get a release to actually watch, it’ll be available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray from decent overseas stockists… You can already pick up a Thai DVD from Yes Asia, although it doesn’t contain an English subtitle track…
Further to my post back in February, SHOCHIKU have released another trailer for the Beck movie. This time accompanied by a Red Hot Chili Peppers tune, the trailer shows a bit more and is still looking as though it’s remaining faithful to the manga…
I found this one over at Han Cinema and couldn’t resist the share…
You can’t go wrong with Zombie flicks, and this one has a different take on the formula: This time the Zombie is a good guy..!
After getting a job in a restaurant to pay back a loan shark, Young-cheol notices that the locals are starting to act a little strangely. When he is bitten and starts his transformation to one of the undead, he receives a call telling him that his wife and daughter have been kidnapped. He is now on a mission to save his family and he doesn’t care if it kills him in the process – oh wait, it can’t…
•Action •Comedy 136min | Release date in South Korea : 2009/12/23
Written and Directed by Choi Dong-hoon, JEON WOO CHI : The Taoist Wizard takes us back 500 years when Wizards and Goblins do battle in order to possess an all powerful Pipe. Woochi (Kang Dong-won – Secret Reunion, M, The Duelist) is a Wizard in learning but spends most of his time tricking people (including the King) for his own gain.
When Woochi’s Master is murdered for the Pipe he becomes the prime suspect and locked away in a painting for 500 years by Hwadam (Kim Yoon-seok – Chaser, Running Turtle) and three Taoist wizards…
Now it’s today and Woochi is needed to help restore the Pipe and vanquish the same Goblins that once conspired to possess the Pipe in the past, because if they succeed the world will fall into chaos and disorder!
Over two hours of action and fun with plenty of laughs. I just finished watching this and couldn’t wait to recommend it. It’s a bit of a departure from Choi Dong-hoon usual fare, Tazza: The High Rollers and The Big Swindle, but it delivers a wicked punch up the throat to recent films that have failed dismally to deliver when it comes to action/adventure films.
A stellar cast including Kang Dong Won, Lim Soo Jung (Happiness, A Tale of Two Sisters), Kim Yoon Seok (The Chaser) and Yu Hae Jin (Truck) pull off such a major event that it’s not surprising it held South Korean box office audiences enthralled gathering in a massive six million admits during the Christmas 2009 period.
Available from Yes Asia on Blu-ray and DVD First Press 2-Disc Edition comes with cast and crew commentary, pre-production (storyboard, casting, training, photo gallery), making of (CG, production design, action, special effects, lighting), out-takes, trailer, and other special features.
Muties doing Kung-Fu – how awesome is that!!
I grabbed this trailer over at Twitch and just had to post it here. If you like your trailers with a bit of action, then don’t go anywhere, this has action – with bells on!
Just uploaded this to YouTube, thought you might like to take a gander.
This short film directed by Mamoru Oshii (Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell, Avalon, The Sky Crawlers) is taken from Shin-Onna Tachiguishi Retsuden (真女立喰師列伝?) is the sequel to Onna Tachiguishi-Retsuden consisting of six loosely connected short stories.
The Kentucky in the title has something to do with everyone’s favourite fried fowl… as does the lead characters handle of ‘KFC‘… I find the ending of this short both weird and cool … just can’t figure out why…
Assault Girl: Kentucky no Hinako is the forerunner to the recently released Assault Girls, also directed by Mamoru Oshii which is out on DVD on the 26th of June. Check out the trailer below.Trailer source: Nippon Cinema
Todanobu Asano is laying in wait, peeping through that little hole in the floor … just waiting to take revenge…
Ranbou to Taiki is the new film based on a 2005 play by Yukiko Motoya and is directed by Masanori Tominaga (Pandora’s Box). Asano plays Hidenori, a man living with a woman named Nanase (played by Minami of Sakuran and Tomie fame), for the sole purpose a exacting revenge on her. This has been a long drawn out event going on for ten years.
When new a couple move into the area, Hidenori catches the husband cheating on his wife with Nanase, and the whole thing is set up nicely for his revenge to finally happen…
Over the years this blog has changed course a few times, but it will always remain true to it’s roots when it comes to stuff like this…
This trailer has been up on YouTube for a bit now, but I had to include it somewhere on the blog, then I remembered that this little site had it’s humble beginnings worshipping the man, the God, the Geek that is Kevin Smith.
Cop Out sees a major shift in the movies that we’re used to seeing from Kevin Smith, a buddy cop flick is definitely not in line with previous efforts in the least. However, I for one am waiting with baited breath and can’t wait for it to arrive here. With the change in direction I’m sure it will get it’s fair share of haters, but as I haven’t watched a film of his that I didn’t like – I won’t be one of them. Plus I have this uncanny ability to like this dude’s stuff no matter what… And yes, I lovedJersey Girl, hand-on-heart.
The film, originally titled A Couple of Dicks, has the tagline: Rock Out With Your Glock Out – Typical Moves,
is a cop-comedy about a veteran NYPD cop whose rare baseball card is stolen. Since it’s his only hope to pay for his daughter’s upcoming wedding, he recruits his partner to track down the thief, a memorabilia-obsessed gangster. [from IMDB]
If you’re interested in all things Silent Bob then it’s not hard to find him on the internet. He is a major nerd when it comes to blogging, tweeting and various other forms of interwub interaction. The best place to start is probably his personal online diary – My Boring Ass Life – which hasn’t been all that boring in the last month as you’ll see if you go and read it…
Looks like Takashi Miike is a busy boy again. This year sees the long awaited sequel to his 2004 Cult Classic ‘Zebraman‘.
It’s 2025 in Zebra City but our hero seems to have lost his memories… and his powers! The Zebra Queen has called martial law (Zebra Time) and is controlling the city, it’s down to Zebraman to regain control and save the day once again… if only he could get his powers back… Starring Shô Aikawa as the inimitable Zebraman with Abe Tsuyoshi, Inoue Masahiro, and Naka Risa as the Zebra Queen.
Also coming this year sees Miike’s Samurai Epic -13 Assassins. A group of hired Samurai are employed to assassinate a corrupt lord. More details to follow about this one, hopefully a trailer of sorts will appear soon…
One of the best (IMHO) anime’s of recent years has been BECK: The Mongolian Chop Squad. Based on the manga ‘BECK‘ by Harold Sakuishi published by Kodansha in Monthly Shōnen Magazine from February 2000 until it went on hiatus from May 2008.
The story is based around a high school boy that learns to play guitar and ultimately joins a rock band, along the way befriending Ryosuke, an enigmatic musician that has a dog called BECK.
SHOCHIKU Co., Ltd. has announced that 2010 will see a live action version directed by the one and only TSUTSUMI Yukihiko (20th Century Boys series) and will star Hiro MIZUSHIMA as Ryusuke, Takeru SATO as Koyuki and Shiori KUTSUNA.
Information about the project including the above trailer can be found on the SHOCHIKU English web site.
Back on the 11th of January, I wrote about one of the better films to be played at last years Terracotta Film Festival in London -Yoshihiro Nakamura’s ‘Fish Story‘. A film about a Punk Rock band’s final album recording, a song on it that has a strange gap in and the outcome that it causes.
1975 Japan sees the hapless bunch get a recording contract but for it to go nowhere fast, they decide to go out in a blaze of glory and record their last album as they want to, rather than their appointed producer. They include on the album a song inspired by a book that their manager leaves on the table called Fish Story.
Fast forward to 2012 and the world is doomed, a massive meteor is due to arrive and all attempts at destroying it before it gets here have failed. What can save the day? Surely not that song, Fish Story???