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Time for a break from the norm with something just a little bit badass. A brand new wide promo banner for Wong Kar-Wai's The Grandmasters recently showed up online, from Facebook. We recently featured the full trailer for the martial arts film about the Ip Man, who trained the legendary Bruce Lee, so marketing is underway. The cast is lead by Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi and Chen Chang, two of whom also get their own "character posters" below as well. This banner shows the Yip Man poised on some sort of ladder or ledge or something, but I like the big text and composition, and I'm looking forward to see this film sometime soon.
"An archer left behind by history..." Whoa, this looks awesome. Today's trailer is for an upcoming martial arts film called Judge Archer, written and directed by up-and-coming Chinese filmmaker Xu Haofeng, also behind the epic The Grandmasters. As described by Twitch, where I came across this, "Xu approaches his films with a unique blend of grounded pragmatism - you'll never see anything in his fight sequences that wouldn't actually work - and philosophical rigor." Yea, it is badass. It stars Song Yang, Yu Chenghui, Li Chengyuan, Yenny Martin and Zhao Zheng. Just give this trailer a watch, it's impressive, check it out.
Almost a year and a half ago we got a teaser trailer for Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmasters, an upcoming martial arts project about Ip Man, the legendary martial arts grand master who trained Bruce Lee, but we haven't heard anything since then. Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi star in the film that looks like it has visuals as impressive as the kung fu fighting within. This is an international trailer that gives a December release, but we're not sure if that means we'll see The Grandmasters here in the States before 2012 is over. Either way, this looks like a fantastic foreign film that deserves some attention if it gets a theatrical release.
Another day, another remake (or a re-adaptation). "I said I truly love you." This one comes from China, a remake of the 1988 movie Dangerous Liaisons, which was an adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos's 1782 French romance novel of the same name (Les Liaisons dangereuses). Starring in this is the stunning Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Horsemen, The Grandmasters) as Madame de Tourvel, with Jang Dong-gun (Tae Guk Gi, The Warrior's Way) as Xie Yifan, also featuring Cecilia Chung, Shawn Dou and Lisa Lu. It actually looks surprisingly tense, and seductive, give this a watch.
"What kind of man are you?" This has been a long time coming, especially because it premiered in Cannes more than a year ago. The trailer is for a film now called simply Dragon, directed by Peter Ho-Sun Cha, originally known as Wu Xia when it premiered, previously called Swordsmen as well. The film stars Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro with Yu Wang, Kara Hui, Wu Jiang. It's a rather expansive, intense, and revealing, but still badass trailer for the martial arts drama that plays kind of like A History of Violence. It's a good film, so this is just a reminder to take a look and check it out once it's available near you. Watch and enjoy!
Every thief for himself. Today's trailer comes from South Korea, a heist film called The Thieves, basically South Korea's version of Ocean's Eleven, with some fun little modern character twists. This one is set mostly in Macau, another casino city, and involves one big diamond and a gang of 10 thieves, played by the likes of Yun-seok Kim, Hye-soo Kim, Hye-su Kim, Gianna Jun, Jung-jae Lee, Simon Yam, Hae-sook Kim, Dal-soo Oh, Kwok Cheung Tsang and Soo Hyun Kim. This looks kind of fun, and interesting, but not necessarily to the levels of Ocean's Eleven. Nonetheless, it's still worth watching today - take a look!
Time for a slight change of pace (from all the Die Hards, Broken Cities and Lincolns today) with a charming animated French film called Ernest & Celestine about a friendship between a big bear and a little mouse. This delightful hand-animated feature has been playing the film festival circuit, but thanks to a tip from SlashFilm we now have a trailer, though it's still entirely in French. That said, the animation is beautiful and the heart of the story is still there. It kind of reminds me of Ratatouille, in the way a small mouse becomes friends with someone he's not supposed to be friends with. I really want to watch this! Check out the trailer.
As Vince Vaughn and Cobie Smulders get ready to star in a remake of the French Canadian comedy Starbuck, a trailer for the the film's US release next year has finally arrived. Patrick Huard, Julie Le Breton, Antoine Bertrand and Dominic Philie star in the film from Ken Scott (who is directing the remake as well), which follows a middle-aged man whose life is turned upside down when he learns he has fathered 533 children through sperm donation. When a few hundred of the children express an irrepressible need to meet their father, the donor, codenamed Starbuck, must decide whether he will reveal his identity.
When our own Alex Billington hit the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, he discovered the Rust & Bone from Un Prophete director Jacques Audiard, starring Marion Cotillard (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) and Matthias Schoenaerts (most recently seen in the Oscar nominated film Bullhead). Now we get a taste of the "raw, emotional" film he was talking about as the first lovely UK trailer for the film has arrived. Complete with phenomenal use of M83's track My Tears Are Becoming a Sea, there's some beautiful imagery for a film that looks like a promising French drama and I can't wait to see it. Don't miss!
"We live in the midst of contradiction." I love Studio Ghibli. The release of their new movies in America is delayed roughly a year or two, meaning we get last year's new movie this year (or maybe next). Their latest is From Up on Poppy Hill, or Kokuriko-zaka kara, directed by Hayao Miyazaki's son Goro Miyazaki, of Tales from Earthsea previously. Poppy Hill premiered at TIFF last year and is perfectly timed to debut now, as it's a sweet love story that takes place the year before the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics. It's more of a charmer, a sweet drama without fantasy elements, but it looks as good as Ghibli movies always do.
"Thrust together by forces of nature... ripped apart by greed... a fortune awaits to anyone that survives... Dragon Gate." Hot damn, this looks crazy. There's a new trailer out for a kung fu martial arts epic that goes by the lengthy title The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, starring Jet Li as Chow Wai On. If you love martial arts, anything, you've got to see this. Directed by Hark Tsui of Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, the focus is on the 3D, and they really go all out. The quotes are from trades reviews, as this premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and opened around the world last year. But it still looks damn fun.
I dunked headfirst on the Alamo Drafthouse's Rolling Roadshow canoe trip for their latest import - Mikkel Nørgaard's Klown. I want to get that out of the way in case anyone is excited about this. You don't have to scroll through searching if I made a faux pas. I did, and the result was a quick bath in the warm waters of the Guadalupe River. Everything was okay, as immediately after I and 100+ fellow canoers/movie lovers were then treated to an experience in cinematic hilarity. Klown is without a doubt the funniest comedy the summer has to offer, as sweet as it is shocking and laugh-out-loud hilarious all the way through.
See the extraordinary life of founder of the Yang style Tai Chi. This teaser isn't new, it actually came out back in April, but given we just heard that Tai Chi 0 is now scheduled to premiere at the Toronto Film Fest, I had to feature it. The TIFF guide describes it: "Young genius Yang Luchan travels to Chen Village to learn the forbidden secrets of martial arts, but quickly learns that the village is menaced by a formidable battalion of Steampunk soldiers." Awesome, I'm sold. This is a short teaser, but gives us a good idea of the steampunk style, the martial arts, and characters. I was already in, but now I'm even more anxious to see this at TIFF.
Welcome to an elite society. The Weinstein Company has released the official US trailer for Easy Money, the Swedish crime thriller formerly known as Snabba Cash, which already has a sequel shot and ready. Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman stars in the gritty, violent crime thriller about organized crime and drugs. It's an intriguing trailer, trying to hide the dialogue, using only music and copiously prominent text ("from 'The Killing'!") to try and sell this to a wide audience. Don't forget, Martin Scorsese is "presenting" this in US theaters this summer, but only in NY & LA to start. Take a look at the trailer, plus a sequel bonus, below.