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"Cut him down for me, expertly." As you wish, master. Well Go USA has debuted the official US trailer for Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Assassin, starring Taiwanese actress Shu Qi as an assassin who must return to her hometown and kill the man she loves. The cast includes Chang Chen and Satoshi Tsumabuki. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and has been playing to rave reviews at fests like Sydney, TIFF, and Busan. It's also playing at the New York Film Festival coming up. If quiet, meticulous Taiwanese cinema is your thing, you don't want to miss it. This trailer is an improvement over the first teaser & follow-up. Enjoy.
More Takashi Miike! This guy doesn't ever stop making movies. Miike most recently made the films Shield of Straw and Over Your Dead Body, following 13 Assassins in 2010, and this is his latest work. Yakuza Apocalypse is a genre-mash-up described as a "comedic vampire thriller, a gangster epic, a martial-arts extravaganza and an end-of-the-world spectacle." Apparently it's not as epic and endlessly violent as the title indicates, according to this review: "While on paper seeming like the Takashi Miike-est Takashi Miike film ever, it might be a surprising bummer for the Midnight Madness crowd expecting a kinetic horror-action film. Every shot lasts far longer than expected and with little to no music, creating a stream of silence followed by a burst of action rhythmic pattern." Based on the footage in this trailer, I'm still quite intrigued.
"Everything changed in a blink of an eye." Cohen Media Group has debuted the official US trailer for Deniz Gamze Ergüven's Mustang, a film that premiered at Cannes and has been winning awards at other festivals as it plays this year. Mustang is set in the north of Turkey, about five sisters who "fight back against the limits imposed on them". I've heard some rave reviews about this, including one from Darren Aronofsky who tweeted from TIFF about the film: "holy shit. how good is #mustang !?" From the looks of it, very good. I am more than intrigued by the footage in this trailer, and from here I just can't wait to catch a screening. The film opens in November in select theaters right during the awards season. In the meantime, take a look.
"Tokyo Tribe, never ever die!" Oh yes, it's time. XLrator Media has debuted the official US trailer for one of the wackiest, wildest, most badass action films of last year - Tokyo Tribe, from director Sion Sono. This premiered at Fantastic Fest in 2014, where I raved about it, calling it "totally balls out, insane, wacky and just plain awesome." It's a very campy, very excessively elaborate rap musical set in futuristic Tokyo, with various "Tribes" battling it out over dominance in Tokyo. It's the perfect kind of movie to gather all of your friends on Saturday night, with lots of pizza and beer, to watch. No seriously, this film is just crazy. Enjoy!
"The next time we meet, one of us must die." Well Go USA has unveiled an official US trailer for the Korean martial arts film Memories of the Sword, starring Byung-hun Lee (seen in Terminator: Genisys) and Jeon Do-yeon (seen in The Housemaid) and Kim Go-eun (seen in Monster). The story seems to follow a revenge plot involving a young girl who trains to take on one of the most powerful men and warriors of the Goryo Dynasty. It does look like there are a few epic fight scenes in this, with some stunning slow motion shots. But is it anything more than just a revenge story with some martial arts action? Will anyone find out?
"Go faster and we'll make it, God willing." The first official trailer has debuted via TIFF for the outstanding film Taxi, or Jafar Panahi's Taxi, where Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi takes us for a ride throughout Tehran inside his taxi, picking up all kinds of fun passengers. This won the top prize at the Berlinale Film Festival, the Golden Bear, and that's where I saw it and loved it. It's a fun film and it has a heart aside from the themes it explores through Panahi's lens. This trailer is a quick intro to some of the people he picks up, and the light-hearted feel of the film. This is really one of the best discoveries of the year, so give it a look.
"A love that can't be stopped." The first official US trailer has debuted for Fatih Akin's epic new film The Cut. Starring the very talented Tahir Rahim, seen in A Prophet, The Eagle and The Past, set in 1915 a man survives the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire, but loses his family, speech and faith. One night he learns that his twin daughters may be alive, and goes on a quest to find them leading him all the way to America. This looks quite magnificent, despite mixed reviews. I love the shot of him watching the Chaplin movie and getting emotional and inspired by that. The cast includes Simon Abkarian, Makram Khoury, Hindi Zahra & Kevork Malikyan. You might not want to miss this one. I'm looking forward to seeing it.
"Emotionally Powerful. Richly Nuanced." Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled the official US poster for Zhang Yimou's Coming Home, a very moving, emotional drama about two lovers in China trying to remember each other. Lu and Feng are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution. He finally returns home only to find that his wife cannot remember him, though he desperately tries to make her remember. I really love this film, and I just want to support it and remind people that it's finally hitting US theaters coming later this fall. There have been plenty of trailers already - seen here, here & here - plus my review from Cannes last year.
In a world filled with secrets, solving a mystery can be murder. The Weinstein Co has debuted the official US trailer for a film called Shanghai, which you may remember hearing about because we ran the first trailer for this in 2010. The film has been delayed for release here in the US for 5 years, and TWC is just now putting it out quietly this month. John Cusack stars in Mikael Håfström's Shanghai (the film Håfström made before going on to do The Rite and Escape Plan) as an expat who goes to Shanghai when it's occupied during WWII and falls for a woman and uncovers gangland secrets. Also starring Chow Yun-Fat, David Morse, Ken Watanabe, Franka Potente & Jeffrey Dean Morgan. It doesn't look so good. Have fun.
Let's give this another shot. The reason we're posting another trailer for Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Assassin is because it was one of the most-talked-about films out this year's Cannes Film Festival. Critics loved it and raved in their reviews, the film won the Best Director and Best Soundtrack awards, and Hou Hsiao-hsien fans have been talking about it for months already. Chinese actress Shu Qi stars as "the assassin", a girl taken away as a child and trained in martial arts who returns to the land of her birth, with orders to kill the man to whom she was promised - a cousin who now leads a military region in North China. So she must choose: sacrifice the man she loves or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins. Enjoy.
"Somebody help me…" Second part? But we haven't even seen the first! Indeed, true. Eventually one day it will get a US release. John Woo has been in China directing a massive two-part epic called The Crossing, billed as the "Chinese Titanic" - you will see why with this trailer. There are some shots right out of James Cameron's Titanic in this. The film is set during the Chinese Civil War in the 1940s, following three couples from different backgrounds whose are affected by the sinking of the steamer Taiping, which was traveling to Taiwan and led to the deaths of over 1,500 people. Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Song Hye-kyo, and Huang Xiaoming star. It looks like Woo went all out, hopefully for the best. I'm curious to check this out.
This looks like it's going to be incredible. The first teaser trailer for one of the big hits of this year's Cannes Film Festival has arrived online. It's a short teaser for Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Assassin, starring Shu Qi, showing a few of scenes without any subtitles or voiceover, but it still looks stunning. The film received rave reviews during the festival and was considered a top contender for the Palme d'Or, but ended up with Best Director. Shu Qi plays "the assassin", with a cast featuring Chang Chen and Satoshi Tsumabuki. A slave to the orders of her mistress, Nie Yinniang must choose: sacrifice the man she loves or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins. I seriously can't wait to see this, hopefully on a very big screen.
"Quit playing Nelly! I know you're not her!" Sundance Selects + IFC Films have debuted a US trailer for the new film from German filmmaker Christian Petzold, titled Phoenix, a post-WWII-set Hitchcockian mystery about a woman who survives a concentration camp with a disfigured face. She attempts to find her husband and figure out if he betrayed her, while pretending to be a different person all along. Acclaimed German actress Nina Hoss stars, along with Ronald Zehrfeld and Nina Kunzendorf. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, and the trailer includes some very positive quotes in praise of the complex narrative. If you're into mysteries or thrillers involving false identities and scorned partners, this is for you.
"A love story for the modern age." Cohen Media Group has debuted the official US trailer for the upcoming release of François Ozon latest film, The New Girlfriend, starring Romain Duris, Anaïs Demoustier and Raphaël Personnaz. This first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, and also played at the London, Stockholm, Zurich, Hong Kong, Seattle, Glasgow, and Montclair Film Festivals. The story follows a woman who discovers her late friend's husband, played by Romain Duris (seen in The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Mood Indigo, Chinese Puzzle), likes to dress like a woman. It looks like an interesting film, almost like something from Xavier Dolan or Wong Kar Wai, with beautiful cinematography and vivid performances.