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"Let's skip school tomorrow to test your powers." Tired of so many cinematic superheroes? Try this on for size. A trailer has debuted for a Danish film titled Antboy, a Spider-Man-like story of a young boy (played by Oscar Dietz) who gets bit by an ant and gains superpowers. Despite the cliche storyline, including an overweight villain named The Flea (played by Nicolas Bro), this actually looks quite charming, almost as if it has the childish wonder and humor of Amblin films. While they show quite a bit in this trailer, including his costume, the villain and love interest, it's not overly revealing. I'm still curious to see this at TIFF. Enjoy!
In Martial Arts there is no right or wrong, only the last man standing. Even though this film has been out on Blu-ray in China for over two years, The Weinstein Company is finishing their last marketing push for the US theatrical release of Kar Wai Wong's The Grandmaster next week. To top off all the footage and trailers and featurettes we've seen, Mondo has created a stunning new poster for the film that was designed by Russian illustrator Vania Zouravliov. There's an English version and a Chinese variant in gold. Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang star in the film about martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.
The legend. The teacher. The grandmaster. The conclusion. IP Man is getting old. Time for him to fight his final fight, if he can muster up the energy. Two new trailers have recently debuted for Ip Man: The Final Fight, a martial arts action drama featuring Anthony Wong as the Ip Man. While we've seen Wong kick ass in films like Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, this is the first time he's playing the Ip Man, the legendary martial arts expert who trained Bruce Lee. These two trailers are going for an epic The Dark Knight Rises kind of vibe ("the conclusion!") and are fun to watch, but don't exactly convince me to run out and see this right away. I'm certainly interested in it, to say the least. I always enjoy a good martial arts film.
"All this because of a bike?!" Another charmer from the other side of the world for today's trailer. Wadjda is a film that I've been hearing great things about for many reasons. It's the first feature film from a Saudi Arabian female filmmaker named Haifaa Al-Mansour, and tells a story set in Saudi Arabia about a young girl who just wants to get enough money to buy a bike. It premiered at the Venice & Telluride Film Festivals last year and earned rave reviews. Sony Classics is releasing in the US, but hasn't set a date, however thanks to the upcoming UK release we now have a cute English subtitled trailer to watch. World cinema at its best.
Time for another look at the Unforgiven remake from Japan, starring Ken Watanabe as Jubee kamata in the Will Munny role that Clint Eastwood played. As crazy as it may seem, this doesn't look terrible at all, it actually looks pretty damn good. This impressive full trailer for the upcoming Japanese release is a good sign this isn't the disaster many thought it would be. There are no subtitles, but if you're familiar with the original Unforgiven it shouldn't be too hard to make sense of it. Aside from gorgeous cinematography, there's an odd mix of Japanese sensibilities and Westerns, like lots of horseback riding. Give it a look below.
Gatchaman! I can't believe they actually made this. Some may recall that for a few years we closely covered the development of an animated adaptation of Gatchaman, a Japanese manga/anime series. It was never finished and never released, however, the Toho Company in Japan decided to just make an entire live-action Gatchaman movie instead. And here we have the first trailer. I don't even know what to make of this (no subtitles yet) but the footage is wacky. Almost Power Rangers meets The Avengers, or something like that. Some of the VFX look good, but those costumes, my goodness. Maybe I'm missing the point? Check this out.
"The switchblade is like the cross - it stays with us our entire lives." Today's trailer is for the Italian film Siberian Education, directed by Italian Gabriele Salvatores, starring John Malkovich as "Grandfather Kuzya". The film is based on a memoir about growing up as a member of the Urka community in the small republic of Transnistria, located between Moldova and Ukraine. It's entirely in English and seems to focus on two friends growing up and how they all turn out in this crime-ridden town. The cast includes Eleanor Tomlinson, Peter Stormare, plus Arnas Fedaravicius and Vilius Tumalavicius. Take a look below.
"Farewell, Captain - it's too late for you and your kind." What have we come across here? Peruvian sci-fi action? I'm down to check this out. Our friends at Twitch featured a very action-filled trailer for a film called The 2nd Horseman, a Peruvian action movie in Spanish from first-time director Arthur Cross, which involves a crapload of well-armed militia fighting something strange. This "international" trailer features an English voiceover with some rather ominous lines about reaching the "end game" and "why man once feared the wrath of the Gods." While there is only a quick glimpse of the sci-fi side, I am curious to check this out.
"Does a war really transform us to that extent?" Today's indie/foreign trailer to feature is for a film called In The Fog, directed by Sergei Loznitsa (of My Joy), an "eerie, dreamlike World War II drama" that played in Cannes and TIFF last year. A number of my colleagues ranked this highly as one of the best films of 2012, though it's just now getting a theatrical release. Vladimir Svirskiy stars as a partisan suspected of being a traitor who is apprehended by his comrades and taken out into the woods to be executed — but as the night fog closes in, the difference between darkness and light (or innocence and guilt) becomes ever more murky.
Fear - the ultimate weapon. Today's indie trailer is from Well Go USA for the US release of Andrew Lau's The Guillotines, a martial arts action-adventure out of China about a secret brotherhood of elite assassins known as The Guillotines. When I first heard that title I wasn't expecting to see anything that great, but I'm impressed. It plays on the concept of old school swords vs. new school firearms in a stylish way, and looks like it will have some incredible fights. The cast includes Shawn Yue, Xiaoming Huang, Zhang Wen and Yuchun Li. The circular flying swords are a little gimmicky, but I'm curious to check this out. Enjoy!
What in the heck is going on in this?! Blood-splattered walls, cameras, crews, samurai fights, all packed into a WTF 30-second teaser trailer. There's a new film from Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono (Ai, Suicide Club, Hazard, Love Exposure, Cold Fish, Lords of Chaos, The Land of Hope) called Why Don't You Play in Hell?, that he has described as "an action film about the love of 35mm." Or something like that. The movie stars Sakaguchi Tak and Kunimura Jun. This is a short teaser, but has some insanely weird, psychadelic shots in it. Including what seems to be a river of blood that some woman is sliding down like a slip 'n slide.
Just this past February, The Weinstein Company picked up Wong Kar Wai's visually stunning and kung fu fighting riddled film The Grandmaster. The film is slated to arrive in August, and now the marketing for the U.S. release of the film has arrived. It doesn't offer much more than the previous trailers for the film from its 2012 release in China, but it does have some more gorgeous shots of that rain fight with Tony Leung as Ip Man, the legendary martial arts grand master who trained Bruce Lee, looking like a real bad ass. Chinese superstar Ziyi Zhang also stars in the film, and we hope it gets a good sized release. Watch!
"I don't want them to be together." Memento Films International has recently debuted an English subtitled trailer for a highly anticipated film premiering at the Cannes Film Festival. It's titled The Past, originally Le passé in French, and is written/directed by Oscar winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi of A Separation previously. The film is a contemporary relationship drama starring Bérénice Bejo (The Artist), Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) and Ali Mosaffa (The Last Step). It was just announced as In Competition at Cannes and everything about this looks fantastic, a compelling and emotional follow-up to Farhadi's A Separation.
"Man knows little." As much as I was hoping this was an epic action-adventure on the scale of 13th Warrior or Beowulf or Outlander, it actually seems to be more of a family adventure similar to National Treasure. Nordisk Film and Mangolia Pictures have released the first subtitled trailer for Ragnarok, originally Gåten Ragnarok, starring Norwegian actor Pål Sverre Hagen, seen in last year's Oscar nominated film Kon-Tiki. This is actually more of a teaser with gorgeous sweeping shots of a family on some adventure raiding Viking graves and hugging each other, but beyond that, I'm not sure what they're going to encounter. Take a look!