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"The only way to keep our grip is to return to where we belong." Cohen Media recently released this French film in US theaters (starting in NYC), titled Come What May, from director Christian Carion. Set in 1940 at the beginning of World War II, the film is about various people from small village in northern France who had to escape when the Germans invaded. It focuses primarily on two of them: Hans, seeking to recover his son who fled the village, and Percy, hoping to reach the sea, and find a boat back to England. Surprisingly, the film features an original score by Ennio Morricone, one of the few original scores he's written recently besides The Hateful Eight. The full cast includes Alice Isaaz, August Diehl, Mathilde Seigner, Olivier Gourmet and Matthew Rhys. This looks like it's a damn good WWII drama, I might have to check it out.
"The Legend Returns…" Funimation has unveiled another new official US trailer for the upcoming release of Shin Godzilla, originally known as Godzilla: Resurgence in Japan (or also Shin Gojira), Toho's new rebooted take on the giant lizard monster. "Make way for the ultimate homage to one of the most enduring legends of the big screen—Godzilla! The King of the Monsters is back in Tokyo for a city-crushing crusade that speaks to the very roots of the world-renowned franchise." We've already featured other international trailers for this, but you can watch another one with even more footage below. There's surprisingly almost no shots of the Godzilla monster in this, instead it's all people in rooms and running around and freaking out, which is a bit odd. If you're still excited for this, you can get tickets now for its October opening. Enjoy.
"Didn't you expect something like this?" CJ Entertainment has debuted an official US teaser trailer for Kim Ji-woon's new Korean film The Age of Shadows, which we've mentioned once before when the teaser trailer arrived. The trailer is similar, but more importantly we now know that CJ will release The Age of Shadows in US theaters starting September 23rd - later this month. Which is a very smart move because it means we don't have to wait long to see this. The Age of Shadows is a crime thriller set during the 1920s in Korea, telling a story about the Heroic Corps, an anti-Japanese independence organization that fought back against the Japanese occupation of Korea. The cast features Song Kang-ho, Gong Yoo, and Han Ji-min. This looks damn good. I love the cinematography, and it seems like a gripping thriller. Check it out.
"What got into you?" Cohen Media has debuted the official US trailer for Asghar Farhadi's latest film, a drama called The Salesman, which first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival a few months ago. The title is in reference to many aspects of the plot, but also specifically Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman" which is being performed on stage in the film. That performance is the framework of the film, which actually tells the story of a couple whose relationship begins to turn sour after an incident with his wife home alone. Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti star. I saw this in Cannes and enjoyed it, saying in my review it's "a thoroughly engaging morality tale that proves once again just how talented of a storyteller Farhadi is."
"Aren't we censoring ourselves? So what's the point of our music?" Kino Lorber has released a trailer for the upcoming US release of the Tunisian film As I Open My Eyes, about a young girl torn between two lives: her connection to her family and her devotion to her rock band. Newcomer Baya Medhaffer plays the 18-year-old Tunisian woman named Farah, a singer in a politically charged rock band balancing her life as a musician and traditional expectations of her family. Described as a "nuanced portrait of the individual implications of the incipient Arab Spring". This looks like a fascinating and impressive film from Tunisia, worth checking out for many different reasons, including the debut performance of Baya Medhaffer. Enjoy.
"How dare you distribute such sensitive information to the common people!" CJ Entertainment debuted the official trailer for the Korean film The Map Against the World, about a geographer and cartographer who traveled around Korea in the 1800s making a detailed map. The film is directed by veteran Korean filmmaker Kang Woo-Suk, and stars Cha Seung-won as the lead character, along with Yu Jun-Sang and Nam Ji-hyun. The idea is based on the true story of Kim Jeong-ho, who went under the pen name Gosanja, devoting his life to the creation of the "Daedongyeojido" map of Korea first published in 1861. This looks like it has lovely cinematography about a humble man who wanted to share the world with the people.
"It's wrong to ask for everything at once." Janus Films has debuted a trailer for the upcoming theatrical re-release of Krzysztof Kieslowski's acclaimed series Dekalog, or Decalogue. It's best to refer to the official description to explain this one: "Originally made for Polish television, Dekalog focuses on the residents of a housing complex in late-Communist Poland, whose lives become subtly intertwined as they face emotional dilemmas that are at once deeply personal and universally human. Its ten hour-long films, drawing from the Ten Commandments for thematic inspiration and an overarching structure, grapple deftly with complex moral and existential questions concerning life, death, love, hate, truth, and the passage of time." Janus is putting out a 4K version of the film series in theaters this fall in the US, for those interested in watching it.
"Trust me, he was mad." The Match Factory has released an official international trailer for an Iranian film called A Dragon Arrives!, and I can pretty much guarantee you haven't seen anything like it before. The synopsis introduces it as thus: "An orange Chevrolet Impala drives across a cemetery towards an abandoned shipwreck in the middle of a desert landscape. It is the 22nd of January, 1965. The day before, the Iranian prime minister was shot dead in front of the parliament building." Beyond that, you'll have to try and make sense of all this footage on your own, because it really is something else. Starring Amir Jadidi, Ehsan Goodarzi, and Homayoun Ghanizadeh. I am a fan of Iranian cinema, and this looks extremely unique.
"Do you think I feel sorry for you?" Sony Pictures Classics has debuted an official US trailer for a Danish drama called Land of Mine, set near the end of World War II. The story is about a group of very young German POWs captured by the Danish army who are forced to clear thousand of land mines from a beach. The full cast includes Roland Moller, Mikkel Boe Folsgaard, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman, Emil Belton, and Oskar Belton. As this trailer shows, the film looks like a very moving and tense story about these boys learning that "the war is far from over" even though they've stopped fighting and firing guns. I like the way the trailer ends with silence, plus that "boom" joke at the end, powerful stuff. Worth a watch.
"To think… I've found my freedom." The official UK trailer for the new Mia Hansen-Løve film has debuted. Titled Things to Come, or L'avenir in French, the film stars Isabelle Huppert as a philosophy teacher dealing with various trials and tribulations later in her life, with her husband and children. The full cast includes André Marcon, Roman Kolinka, and Edith Scob. The film first premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and won a Silver Bear for Best Director, which was excellent because Mia Hansen-Løve is a very talented filmmaker. I interviewed her in Berlin, as I'm a huge fan of her past work as well, and wanted to talk with her about her films - read that here. This is a very philosophical film that will make you think deeply about life and where it all leads, all thanks to the always brilliant mind of Mia Hansen-Løve. Enjoy.
Magnolia Pictures & Amazon Studios have unveiled the official US trailer for Park Chan-wook's latest film, The Handmaiden, a sensual crime thriller in Korea. The story is actually based on Sarah Waters' novel, titled Fingersmith, which is set in Victorian Era Britain, however Park Chan-wook decided to tell his version in Korea instead. Kim Min-hee stars as Lady Hideko, Ha Jung-woo as the conman who calls himself the Count, and Kim Tae-ri stars as the maid Sookee. It's a twisted tale of sex and crime, about a Korean maid hired to work for a Japanese heiress, but seduces her and ends up causing all kinds of trouble. There's so much more going on in this, and as expected from Park Chan-wook, it gets wicked in the second half. Enjoy.
"I am Douglas MacArthur – I win wars." CJ Entertainment has debuted an official US trailer for the epic Korean war film Operation Chromite, telling the story of the Battle of Inchon during the Korean War in the 1950s. Liam Neeson stars as Douglas MacArthur, the US military General who lead the campaign to land in the city of Inchon and drive the invading North Korean forces out of South Korea. The full cast includes Lee Jung-jae, Jin Se-yun and Lee Beom-su. We featured a trailer for this earlier in the month, but it was a Korean trailer and showed a bit too much of the big battle scenes. This trailer is edited together much better and actually makes me want to see this film, even if there is only a tiny amount of Neeson in it.