Have to wait until Christmas for this but I reckon Fincher’s vision should be awesome.
Have to wait until Christmas for this but I reckon Fincher’s vision should be awesome.
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…
Trailer after the break
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…
Trailer after the break
Directed by Choi Dong-hoon (최동훈)
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
cdJapan have a wealth of goods for this film:
Assault Girls [Blu-ray]
Assault Girls Special Collector’s Edition [Blu-ray + DVD] (includes a bonus DVD featuring making-of, press conference, interviews with the casts, Q&A, short version of “Assault Girl” and “Assault Girl 2.” Also includes a 92-page storyboard script written by Mamoru Oshii, and 16-page colour instruction manual)
Assault Girls [DVD]
Assault Girls Special Collector’s Edition [DVD] (includes the bonus DVD mentioned above in the Blu-ray release)
There are also T-Shirts and a soundtrack too
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 loved Jersey 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.
Check out the official website here.
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???
Third Window have picked up the rights for the film and will be releasing it soon – stay tuned for updates.
In the meantime, check out the trailer that Nippon Cinema has with English subtitles here.
Yuji Iwahara’s manga, King of Thorn is being made into a full length movie. The trailer (below) depicts the storyline as thus: 160 humans have been infected with the lethal Thorn virus and are put on ice until a cure can be found. The story takes place after a few people wake up from their cryogenic chambers seemingly only to be fed upon by a group of monsters.
English website is up here: link
Set in the grimy underbelly of Sao Paolo, Yu Lik-wai’s film dissects the dynamic between a man and his adopted son as they weave through the cities counterfeit world.
A dark and mesmeric piece (shot almost entirely on green screen by the looks of it), it attempts to show the congested conflict of a city at war with itself and eventually its people.
Anthony Wong (156 projects dating back to 1984!!) plays Yuda, a man at the top of the ladder in the counterfeit market, his empire stretches far and wide and he is a friend of the people. Jô Odagiri (Azumi, Shinobi, Hazard, Adrift in Tokyo) plays Kirin, his son and right hand man. The two get caught in a web of betrayal when corrupt politicians looking for a pension pay off set Yuda up for a big fall. Spiralling into certain doom the father and son team have to fight their way out of jail, gang wars, blackmail and assassination attempts just to try and break even but things go from bad to worse as dark days arrive and they come face to face with their own mortality and destiny.
Also Known As: Dangkou | Purasutikku shiti (Japan)
Runtime: 118 min
Country: Brazil | China | Hong Kong | Japan
Language: Portuguese | Mandarin | Japanese
Subtitles: English | Traditional Chinese | Portuguese
Filming Locations: São Paolo, Brazil
Production Company: Gullane Filmes | Bitters End | Novo Films | Sundream | Xstream
With a CV like Miike Takashi’s, the last thing you’d expect is for him to be at the helm of a kids film. However, that’s exactly what he did this year and the ‘Yatterman‘ DVD is set for release on the 25th September. A previous ‘Superhero’ type film of Miike’s that did well was Zebraman and so maybe the progression to this type of project was on the cards. But when you consider the cult status of Yatterman within Japan, then probably the best known Cult Director should be in charge.
Yatterman, an anime that originally aired from ’77 to ’79, the basic premiss of which is that a strange object known as the Skull Stone has been broken into pieces and scattered across the globe. Legend tells that when the Stone is put back together it is able to give the precise location of the largest gold deposit in the world. Because of this, a band of villains known as the Doronbo Gang, led by Doronjo, are on the hunt for the missing pieces so that they can achieve domination, but their quest for the stone is impeded by the two that call themselves ‘Yatterman‘, Gan-chan and Ai-chan.
In 2008 a remake of the anime began airing in Japan featuring the voice cast of the original series. Updated with a modern twist, the series still follows the same plot line but the stone is replaced by Skull Rings.
The trailer for Fuyuhiko Nishi‘s “High Kick Girl!” is here, and it’s got English subs!
I’m well pleased about this as it’s one of the films that I missed during my last visit to the UK. The Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square was hosting ‘Terracotta – A Far East Film Festival’ and High Kick Girl! was the final film on the final day.
Yeah, I know, it’s been quiet for a while again – what can I say? I’ve been in hermit mode, only coming out for the odd morsel every-now-and-then. But this next bit of news excited me a little bit, so I thought I’d make the effort and post something for a change.
In 2006 a great little anime feature (released in Japanese cinemas) called Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo (or The Girl That Leapt Through Time) came out at the same time as Earthsea. Not only did it do well, it beat the Ghibli flick in all aspects especially in acclaim among anime aficionados. No mean feat.
Anyway, the director Mamoru Hosoda and writer Satoko Okudera have reunited to produce another film for 2009. Early rumours suggest that the film will be called Summer Wars and will involve a young girl who gets embroiled in a series of adventures, pulling her family along with her.
If their previous effort is anything to go by, this should be a great feature and something to really look forward to.
Buy The Girl Who Leapt Through Time at Yes Asia.
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