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John Woo's Newest Action Movie 'Manhunt' Gets a 90s-Esque Trailer

Manhunt Trailer

He's back!! Media Asia has debuted a new international trailer for John Woo's latest action film Manhunt, being described as a return to his action roots in the vein of his 1989 classic The Killer. Let's hope that's all true, because we haven't really seen a great action movie from John Woo in a while. Manhunt is about an innocent prosecutor who sets out on a mission to clear his name after being framed for crimes he didn't commit. Zhang Hanyu stars as the prosecutor, and the cast includes Masaharu Fukuyama, Qi Wei, and Ha Ji Won. This is actually a remake of the 1976 Japanese film Kimi yo Fundo no Kawa o Watare. I'll be seeing this at the Venice Film Festival when it premieres there in a few weeks. The footage in this trailer looks very weird like it's straight from the 90s, but here's to hoping Woo is totally back and better than ever.

 Posted August 17 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

New US Trailer for Dardenne Brothers' Latest Film 'The Unknown Girl'

The Unknown Girl Trailer

"Think it over before giving up your career." Sundance Selects has revealed an official US trailer for the film The Unknown Girl, the latest from French filmmaking brothers Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne. This premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, to mixed reviews from critics, and is just now finally getting a release in the US (after already opening in every other country). Adèle Haenel stars in The Unknown Girl as a young doctor at a clinic. After refusing to open the door after hours, the next morning the police come to question her about a person found dead nearby. She also starts her own obsessive investigation, attempting to figure out the woman's identity. The cast includes Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier, and Louka Minnella. If you're into the Dardennes' films, it's worth a watch, otherwise it's hard to recommend.

 Posted August 10 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official Trailer for Anticipated Bollywood Musical 'Secret Superstar'

Secret Superstar Trailer

"Mom, I want the world to hear my voice!" Up for another singing competition movie? Bollywood is ready to launch a guaranteed hit with the movie Secret Superstar, about a 14-year-old girl from Baroda who dreams of being a singer. It's not often we feature trailers for Bollywood movies, but I thought we'd make an exception for this one, especially considering it opens the same day in India as it does in the US later this October. Zaira Wasim stars as Insiya, with Meher Vij, Raj Arjun, Tirth Sharma, Kabir Sheikh, Farrukh Jaffer, and Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan. This actually looks fun, but it's still another one of these singer-must-overcome-her-family stories we've seen many times before. English subtitles included.

 Posted August 3 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Andy Lau in New US Trailer for Chinese Heist Movie 'The Adventurers'

The Adventurers Trailer

"The operation is compromised." Well Go USA has debuted an official US trailer for the Chinese action heist movie called The Adventurers, from director Stephen Fung. The action-packed film is about three of the world's top thieves, played by Andy Lau, Tony Yang, and Shu Qi, who band together to pull off the "heist of a lifetime." But hot on their trailer is a French detective, played Jean Reno of course, who chases them all over Europe. The full cast Jingchu Zhang, Eric Tsang, Tony Yo-ning Yang, David Bowles, and Yi Sha. This definitely looks slick, kind of like a Hollywood action heist movie with some cool set pieces and locations, but I hope it's actually good. Seems like it's going to be super cheesy, a little too much Hollywood.

 Posted August 3 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for Survival Revenge Film 'Iceman' About a Neolithic Man

Iceman Trailer

"They found a man, but not his story…" A trailer has debuted for a film titled Iceman, which is premiering at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland kicking off this week. This film could be described as an ancient Neolithic man version of The Revenant, about one man who angrily seeks revenge but must first survive the brutal Ötztals Alps. Jürgen Vogel stars as Kelab, with the full cast including Susanne Wuest, André Hennicke, Violetta Schurawlow, Sabin Tambrea, Martin Schneider, and an appearance by Franco Nero. The film uses an early version of the Rhaetic language. This actually looks damn good, with some impressive hair + beards and an intense story set entirely in the wilderness. I'm intrigued enough to watch.

 Posted July 25 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for Korean Action Film 'The Villainess' Starring Ok-bin Kim

The Villainess Trailer

"Let me show you what you made me into." Well Go USA has released the first official trailer for an action film from Korea titled The Villainess, which premiered out-of-competition at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this summer. I heard some rave reviews of this and I definitely want to check it out. Ok-bin Kim stars as Sook-hee, a trained assassin who tries to become a stage actress after giving 10 years of service as an assassin. But her dark past comes creeping back and she must take things into her own hands to finish her work and be free once and for all. The full cast includes Eun-ji Jo, Seo-hyung Kim, Ha-kyun Shin, and Jun Sung. One review from Cannes says that its "dynamically staged, blood-drenched action sequences are a highlight." Based on all the buzz and footage from this trailer, I'm very excited to see this film. Take a look.

 Posted July 20 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First US Trailer for Korean Film 'A Taxi Driver' Starring Kang-ho Song

A Taxi Driver Trailer

"Is this all we have for such important guests?" Well Go USA has debuted the an official US trailer for a Korean film titled A Taxi Driver, about a taxi driver and a journalist caught up in the middle of a student uprising in Korea in the 1980s. The film stars Korean actor Kang-ho Song, who you'll recognize from The Host, Snowpiercer, The Good the Bad the Weird, and The Age of Shadows, as the down-on-his-luck taxi driver. Thomas Kretschmann plays the German journalist who hires him to drive him to the town of Gwangju, which is under siege by the military government fighting against citizens and students demanding freedom. This event was a major turning point for the rise of modern South Korea, and this seems like a small but important story about two people unexpectedly in the middle of it all. I want to see it. Take a look.

 Posted July 11 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Full US Trailer for Slave Labor War Film 'Battleship Island' from Korea

Battleship Island Trailer

"We leave no one behind!" CJ Entertainment has debuted another new official trailer for the war film titled Battleship Island, or also The Battleship Island, from director Ryoo Seung-wan. Set during the Japanese occupation of Korea in 1944, the film is about the 400+ Koreans that were conscripted into slave labor mining coal on an island known as "Battleship Island". The story goes that they attempted to band together and make an escape. The main cast includes Hwang Jung-min, So Ji-sub, Song Joong-ki and Lee Jung-hyun. The first teaser trailer we posted was already impressive, but this new trailer packs in tons of action and emotion. It's a strong sell for the film, I'm definitely curious about seeing this. Take a look below.

 Posted July 7 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Trailer for 50th Anniversary 4K Restoration of Buñuel's 'Belle de Jour'

Belle de Jour Trailer

"Luis Bunuel's Masterpiece of Erotica!" A brand new official trailer has debuted for the 50th anniversary 4K restoration of Luis Buñuel's sensual drama Belle de Jour, which first opened in cinemas all over Europe in 1967 (later in the US in 1968). Catherine Deneuve stars in the film as a young housewife who spends her midweek afternoons as a prostitute at a bordello. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and won the Golden Lion top prize; Deneuve also went on to earn a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress, too. Roger Ebert gave the film a perfect review and wrote: "It is possibly the best-known erotic film of modern times, perhaps the best." This is an excellent modern trailer, refreshing and exciting, yet still seductive and tender.

 Posted July 6 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official Trailer for Belgian Drama 'Souvenir' Starring Isabelle Huppert

Souvenir Trailer

"You need a lot of love. From your audience, too." Studiocanal has debuted the first UK trailer for a Belgian drama titled Souvenir, starring French actress Isabelle Huppert as a former singer now working at a factory in a small town. The film played at a few major festivals last fall, including Toronto and London, and is opening in US theaters later this year. Huppert plays Liliane Cheverny, who was once "Laura", a singer who finished second in the 1974 European Song Contest. Her singing dreams are reignited when she meets a young boxer who convinces her she should make a comeback. Also starring Kévin Azaïs, Johan Leysen, Muriel Bersy, and Benjamin Boutboul. This looks like a provocative, passionate film about lost dreams.

 Posted June 20 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official US Trailer for Tavernier's 'My Journey Through French Cinema'

My Journey Through French Cinema Trailer

"Only one thing matters. Taking a step forward, even if it's a tiny one." Cohen Media Group has released an official US trailer for Bertrand Tavernier's cinematic look back titled My Journey Through French Cinema (or Voyage à travers le cinéma français). The documentary is an examination of Tavernier's love of and experience with French cinema, from the films he enjoyed as a boy to his own early career, told through portraits of key creative figures. This premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year in the Cannes Classics section, and looks like a lovely and exhilarating look at so much thrilling cinema from France over the years. Described as a "magnificent, epic documentary… a lifetime in the making," Tavernier looks back at films from Renoir, Godard, and Melville, along with fascinating discussing about cinema past & present.

 Posted June 19 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

New Trailer for Political Thriller 'The Confessions' with Connie Nielsen

The Confessions Trailer

"You're the only one who can disrupt their plans." October Coast has debuted a new trailer for an Italian political thriller titled The Confessions, from Italian director Roberto Andò. Described as a "refreshing suspense thriller", the story is set during a G8 meeting being held at a luxury hotel on the German coast. One of the guests is a mysterious Italian monk, invited by Daniel Rochè, the director of the International Monetary Fund. He wants the monk to receive his confession, that night, in secret. The next morning, Rochè is found dead, and off we go. Toni Servillo stars along with Connie Nielsen, Daniel Auteuil, Lambert Wilson, Pierfrancesco Favino, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johan Heldenbergh, Richard Sammel, Togo Igawa, and Marie-Josée Croze. This film looks like a heavy political thriller, might be worth watching.

 Posted June 5 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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