ENJOY THE MOVIES
"I've heard that you're quite the fighter." Well Go USA has revealed a new official US trailer for another new Ip Man movie - this one called Ip Man: The Awakening. It already opened in China & Hong Kong last year, and is available to watch on streaming from the Hi-YAH! service right now in the US. This one stars a new Ip Man - actor Miu Tse. While visiting Hong Kong, the young Master Ip intervenes in a kidnapping attempt, unintentionally igniting a turf war with a ruthless human trafficking ring. In retaliation, the gang kidnaps one of Ip Man's close friends, leaving him with no choice but to challenge the group's notoriously brutal boxing champion head-on. The cast also includes Guanying Chen, Hua Qi Long, Zhao Yu Xuan, and Hao Yan Fei. This definitely doesn't look like it has the same filmmaking artistry as the last few Ip Man movies (Kung Fu Master), but at least there should be some good fights. We can hope for that, right?
"What a tragic story." Cohen Media Group has revealed their official trailer for this indie Greek comedy called Apples, which originally premiered at the 2020 Venice Film Festival a few years back. We posted a promo trailer then and reviewed it out of Venice (it's superb!) but now that it's finally landing in theaters in the US, we're happy to feature it again. After a pandemic causes people to develop sudden amnesia, a man is enrolled in a recovery program designed to create new memories. The film evokes profound questions: "Are we the sum of the images we compile and display of ourselves, or are we something richer, and deeper?" Apples stars Aris Servetalis, Sofia Georgovassili, Anna Kalaitzidou, Argyris Bakirtzis, & Kostas Laskos. It's a very bleak film but so creative and captivating, highly recommend catching it when it opens.
"Come on down and tell Dad what you saw." Cinetic has unveiled a festival promo trailer for the film titled R.M.N., the latest from acclaimed, award-winning Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu. It's premiering at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival later this week, which is where Mungiu won the Palme d'Or back in 2007 for his chilling abortion film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. The synopsis is a bit vague but still interesting: A non-judgmental analysis of the driving forces of human behavior when confronted with the unknown, of the way we perceive the other and on how we relate to an unsettling future. Mungiu also provides this quote about the title: "I feel I owe one explanation: RMN in English is NMR: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance – basically a brain investigation. Given how the world looks today, I feel we need one.” The film stars Judith State and Marin Grigore. I still have no idea what's going on, but this trailer is so intriguing & peculiar, I'm even more excited to find out exactly what's happening here. Looking forward to catching it in Cannes.
"A stranded alien girl who must find her lost friend." Well Go USA has revealed the official US trailer for a cheesy Vietnamese sci-fi kids movie titled Maika: The Girl from Another Galaxy, opening in theaters this June. This already premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, playing in the Kids section. After a meteor falls to earth, 8-year-old Hung meets an alien girl from the planet Maika, searching for her lost friend. The alien girl helps Hung make new friends and heal a broken heart. But danger lurks everywhere. Together, they go on an adventure to help Maika find a way home and escape from some local criminals. The fun film stars Phu Truong Lai, Diep Anh Chu, Tin Tin, Ngoc Tuong, and Kim Nha. I actually watched this during Sundance and it's enjoyable (my review), even if it is so cheesy and obvious, because there's a strange kind of charm to it. Definitely meant for kids but some adults might enjoy it, too.
"An absurdist chuckle-fest." Samuel Goldwyn Films has revealed an official trailer for an indie comedy from Denmark titled Wild Men, which is finally getting a US release this June. It first premiered at last year's Tribeca Film Festival, and also stopped by the Neuchâtel and Fantasia Film Festivals. In a desperate attempt to cure his midlife crisis, Martin has fled his family to live high up in the Norwegian mountains. Hunting and gathering like his ancestors did thousands of years ago, living in the wild. But surprise, surprise, Martin's quest for manhood leads to deep and hilariously uncomfortable realizations about the presumed masculine ideal. Rasmus Bjerg stars as Martin, with an extra manly cast including Zaki Youssef, Bjørn Sundquist, Marco Ilsø, Jonas Bergen Rahmanzadeh, Håkon T. Nielsen, Tommy Karlsen, Rune Temte, and Sofie Gråbøl. This looks like a Taika Waititi comedy but from Scandinavia, with a hilarious cast of characters and so many wacky scenes. I'm looking forward to catching up with this sometime soon.
"I often think of moments we spent together. They're like gifts." Madman Films in Australia has debuted an official trailer for a French indie drama titled The Passengers of the Night, ahead of it premiere at the Sydney Film Festival in June. The film first screened at the Berlin Film Festival, but it didn't really pick up any great reviews. Set in 1981 in Paris, this is sort of an autobiographical tale of a French family. Left by her husband, Elisabeth finds herself alone, responsible for the day-to-day care of her two children. She picks up a job on a night-time radio show, where she meets the free-spirited Talulah, a youngster she decides to take under her wing. "This heart-warming film is filled with small acts of kindness that have profound effects." Charlotte Gainsbourg stars as Elisabeth, joined by Noée Abita as Talulah, Quito Rayon Richter, Megan Northam, Thibault Vinçon, and Emmanuelle Béart. This film does indeed have an impressive soundtrack and some nice cinematography, but there's not much more to it than that. I saw this at Berlinale and didn't care for it much unfortunately, but that's just my own personal take on it. Worth a look anyway.
"You'll witness… the invisible hand of God at work." Cinetic has revealed the first festival promo trailer for a new film titled Holy Spider, which is premiering at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival kicking off this week in France. This is the latest film from an Iranian-Danish filmmaker named Ali Abbasi, who earned acclaim for his excellent Swedish troll film Border that played at Cannes a few years ago (you have to see it!). Holy Spider is playing in the Main Competition this year, a big upgrade for Abassi and a chance at winning some festival awards. A journalist descends into the dark underbelly of the Iranian holy city of Mashhad as she investigates the serial killings of sex workers by the so called "Spider Killer", who believes he is cleansing the streets of sinners. The PR describes it as "gritty thriller" and it doesn't seem like there are any supernatural twists. Holy Spider stars Zar Amir Ebrahimi and Mehdi Bajestani. One of my most anticipated Cannes films this year - this looks damn good. There are some touches of Memories of Murder in here. Take a look.
"You know the recipe of all perfumes?" Madman Films in Australia has released their own official trailer for Perfumes, a French comedy from filmmaker Grégory Magne. This already opened in France back in 2020 and played in the US last year, but we're just catching up with it now and have never posted this trailer so far. Anne Walberg is a celebrity in the perfume world. She creates fragrances and sells her incredible talent to companies of all kinds. She lives as a diva, selfish, well-tempered. Guillaume is her new driver and the only one who is not afraid to stand up to her. Can they save her by working together? Emmanuelle Devos stars with Grégory Montel, Zélie Rhixon, Sergi López, Gustave Kervern, Pauline Moulène, and Lisa Perrio. This looks amusing with all the usual quirks that come with the perfume business - and all the strange smells. Almost like a light-hearted, modern comedic version of the darker medieval Perfume movie.
"How could you kill the suspect?!" An early promo trailer has arrived for a Korean film titled simply Hunt, which will be premiering at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival this month. The film is Cannes' Artistic Director Thierry Frémaux's 2022 pick for their annual Korean Midnight Movie premiere, a chance to make a splash at the festival in the South of France. Hunt is also the directorial debut of "Squid Game" star Lee Jung-jae, who also stars in the period espionage action film. "Expose the mole within the agency! Can the 'Hunted' become the 'Hunter'?" Park Pyeong-Ho and Kim Jung-Do are agents for the National Security Agency. They are both excellent at their jobs and rivals. The two men chase after a North Korean spy sent to South Korea. They soon uncover a hidden truth about an assassination plot. The film stars Lee Jung-jae, Jung Woo-sung, Heo Sung-tae, Jeon Hye-jin, and Jeong Man-sik. This looks crazyyy intense, it's the epitome of "action-packed"! There's so much action in this trailer I think even Michael Bay is jealous of Korean cinema.
"The disease only lets the chosen ones live." GKids has debuted the main official US trailer for the Japanese anime film The Deer King (the final English title), originally known as 鹿の王 ユナと約束の旅 in Japanese (which translates to Promised Journey with Yuna, the King of Deer). It premiered last year and opened in Japan in the fall, now arriving in US theaters starting in July - with a special two-day event and theatrical run. The Deer King is the directorial debut of the acclaimed animator Masashi Ando. Ando has previously worked as a character designer, animation director, and key animator with the famed Studio Ghibli, and also with directors Satoshi Kon and Makoto Shinkai. Masayuki Miyaji is best known for directing the 2009 series Xam'd: Lost Memories. The fantasy film, adapted from a novel, is about a battle of empires. Shinichi Tsutsumi voices the lonely warrior Van, who survives a deadly and mysterious disease; Ryoma Takeuchi voices the genius doctor in search of a cure; Anne plays a skilled female warrior named Sae, trying to track down Van. It looks like an epic, mythical adventure filled with magic & creatures & mystery. Have a look.
"Please tell me she isn't dead." Oh she's definitely not dead - watch out you fools! Dark Star has revealed a new official red band trailer for a freaky Spanish horror film titled The Passenger, which premiered last year at the 2021 Sitges Film Festival (a great fest!). La Pasajera follows a group of travelers sharing a van. When they accidentally hit a stranger in the middle of the road, they decide to take her to the hospital but soon realize there is something seriously wrong with her. This looks like it gets extra disgusting and totally crazy, the kind of horror only die-hard horror fans will be able to stomach. Starring Ramiro Blas, Cecilia Suárez, Paula Gallego, Cristina Alcázar, and Yao Yao. Spain has been cooking up some crazy horror recently and this looks like another WTF disgusting creation to enjoy with all your friends on the weekend.
"Unemployment is driving me crazy." Totem Films has revealed an early festival promo trailer for a Finnish film titled The Woodcutter Story, originally Metsurin Tarina in Finnish. This is premiering soon at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival in the Critics' Week sidebar section of the fest. If you follow Finnish cinema, this is the feature debut of the writer of The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki. Pepe the woodcutter's life in his idyllic Finnish village is torn apart over the course of a few days, but he is seemingly fine with it all. As though he knows some profound truth about existence. Very interesting. It's "a film that is very comical and very serious, metaphorical and plot-driven at the same time," the director says. "To me cinema is poetry. This is also where my background is: I started out as a poet when I was 23. Any poetry – be it literature or cinema – is a contemplation on the language." The film stars Jarkko Lahti, Iivo Tuuri, Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Katja Küttner, Marc Gassot, Ulla Tapaninen, & Armi Toivanen. Yeah this looks great.