Film - August 06

31st August 06

New Anime from director Yoshiaki Kawajiri - 'Highlander : Vengeance'

‘Highlander: Vengeance’ is to be an animated spin-off of the cult hit film Highlander. The movie is to be helmed by the acclaimed Japanese director Yoshiaki Kawajiri, the mastermind behind some of the most well know Anime to come out of Japan. ‘Ninja Scroll’, ‘Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, and ‘Wicked City to name but a few. The storyline is being written by David Abramowitz who was also the writer for the ‘Highlander: The Series’. Synopsis: Lone warrior Colin MacLeod travels with the ghost Amergan through the ages searching for the immortal despot Marcus Octavius, who killed his lover on the Celtic plains tens of centuries ago. On his quest, he discovers New York is submerged, and one dominant monolith fortress towers over the seas. Colin can save the survivors, but his sword only hungers for the blood of one man. Despite many lifetimes of training, Colin has failed to vanquish Marcus on the great battlefields of history. Can he finish what he started and stop Marcus? Will Colin lead the people to freedom or become consumed by hate? An animated feature is definitely an interesting direction to take what was otherwise becoming a very tired and long in the tooth series of live action feature films. If anyone can inject some magic back into the world of the Highlander, Kawajiri would be a good bet. The movies website quotes the release date as this year, but the latest info makes it more likely 2007.‘Highlander:Vengeance’ (Official site)

 

30th August 06

'Human Residue' update - new stills online

Way back in April we first highlighted the extremely promising upcoming British independent Zombie horror 'Human Residue'. We were more than a little Intrigued by the movie and have been covering the project from near the start. We have just learnt that the principle photography is complete, which means we can start to look forward to some real goodies appearing on the films website. First of these is a swathe of great new stills from the film, including some of the best shots yet of the zombies, which you can check out here. We were lucky enough to get an opportunity to interview the director Chris Bouchard back in May before he began shooting. If you missed it first time around you can read it here. The final phase of filming begins in September and should wrap soon after. This we are looking forward too. A lot! 'Human Residue' (Official site)

 

30th August 06

Teaser trailer for - 'Curse of the Golden Flower'

A trailer is up and running for Zhang Yimou's 'Curse of the Golden Flower'. It's an intriguing first glimpse of the film, and it looks like it will be one sumptuous piece of cinematography. [Source] kaijushakedown

 

 

 

 

 

'Golden Flower' (Teaser)

 

29th August 06

U.S. poster for Belgian Horror - 'The Room'

An American poster for the dark Belgian Horror flick ‘The Room’ by director Giles Daoust has turned up online. That coupled with an “Exclusive U.S. trailer” to check out on the films official site, would seem to confirm that it has got (or soon will have) a distribution deal in the States. Synopsis: "Alex (Pascal Duquenne) is a man stuck in a wheelchair since a mysterious fall in the stairs. Alex is traumatised by his parents: Max (Philippe Résimont), a frustrated composer turned completely mad and violent; and Marie (Françoise Mignon), a cold and hysteric woman. Alex’s only friend is his sister Melinda, who’s been taking care of him for years. But Melinda, 9-months pregnant of an unknown man, also maltreated by her parents, is about to leave the family home to start a new life, leaving Alex behind. At the peak of the family crisis, a mysterious door appears in the house, at a place where there was nothing before. And everyone who enters it disappears with a terrifying scream. The members of the family discover they’re trapped in the house – every exit seems unnaturally blocked – and they start disappearing into The Room one after the other. Due to these terrifying events, the family will have to face their most terrible secrets, which will almost make them kill each other. But what mystery is hiding inside… The Room ?". Nothing yet as to an exact release date, but we will keep our eyes peeled. 'The Room' (Official sub site)

 

28th August 06

Not one but '4 Horror tales' from Korea

‘4 horror tales’ is a series of films created by four up and coming members of the Korean film industry, most of them trying their hand for the first time at directing. All the movies were filmed on HD (high definition) Video, and considering each was made on comparatively small budget (equivalent to just $1 million) the quality of the finished products look great. We’ve included a poster and synopsis for all four films below. Also theres the link for the website were you can check out trailers for each of them. Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

4 horror tales’ (Official site)

 

'Hidden Floor'

Min-young moves onto the fifth floor of a new studio apartment with her six-year-old daughter, Joo-hee. She's concerned when her downstairs neighbor, HAN Chang-soo, says that he cannot tolerate the noise above him, even though the two women live tranquilly. Furthermore, she is anxious about other residents' strange behaviors – never mind the mysterious deaths. Min-young hardens herself mentally after the move into the new house, largely because of her daughter's unprecedented odd behavior and continual run-ins with a bizarre woman. Convinced that Joo-hee has fallen sick and perturbed by the mysterious events around the studio apartment, Min-young looks to find the truth.

 

 

 

 

'February 29'

Ji-yeon, a tollgate ticket girl, is frightened by a mysterious black car, which pays a bloodstained ticket fee at midnight. Her fear deepens after her colleague, Jong-sook, tells her that 12 years earlier a prisoner transport vehicle caused a traffic accident wherein all the prisoners involved died – and some of the corpses disappeared. Afterwards, a murder occurred near the tollgate on February 29th every four years. Soon, odd events become increasingly frequent, usually involving a doppelganger of Ji-yeon. When Jong-sook is killed on the fateful February 29th, Ji-yeon – with the help of two detectives – starts looking into matters herself.

 

 

 

 

'D-Day' aka 'Roommates'

Roommates Yoo-jin, Eun-soo, Bo-ram, and Da-young are cramming for a college entrance exam. It's difficult for them to adapt to the stifling atmosphere of the women's lodging institute – and to get along with each other due to their differing personalities. Yoo-jin has the most difficulty with the stuffy institute life; she begins to have visions of events that took place at the institute in the past – like the tragic fire that occurred years ago. Yoo-jin gradually becomes consumed with fear, and the relationship among the four intimate friends begins to suffer.

 

 

 

 

 

'Dark Forest'

Woo-jin, Jung-ah and three other trekkers happily depart for a mountain climbing trip. On the way into a forest – a forest which is off-limits – Se-Eun and Joon-hoo are wounded and the group is faced with a serious obstacle: they are disconnected from any area where a cell phone is available and effectively cut off from the world. Jung-ah is particularly uneasy; she is unwillingly able to see the future, a residual influence of her shaman parents. The stranded, frightened party soon has an opportunity to discover the forest's startling secrets...

 

 

 

 

 

 

27th August 06

'Straightheads' - Now to open in 2007

It appears that Gillian Anderson’s new British film the revenge thriller ‘Straightheads’ has dropped back its release date from this year to next. A shame as we were looking forward to seeing how Ms Anderson would handle the part. We’ve seen her do period drama recently in the excellent adaptation of Charles Dickens 'Bleak House’, but this a very different role. Now she’s a women out for revenge and it sounds like she gets the chance in spades. For those not familiar with the film here’s an updated synopsis: When Adam (Danny Dyer) is invited by a beautiful, confident older woman Alice (Anderson) he has just met to accompany her to a lavish party in the country he knows he is going to have the best night of his life. That night, exhilarated by the sexual chemistry they share, and the highly charged sex they have just had, Alice and Adam speed away from the party down a wooded and desolate road in Alice’s fast car. In a moment of distraction, their attention fixed on each other rather than the road, a fateful collision occurs which catapults them both into the path of a most vicious brutal and unprovoked attack, the consequences of which leave them emotionally and physically scarred. A dark and intensely disturbing thriller, ‘Straightheads’ exudes moments of eroticism fused with barbaric events that lead Alice and Adam into a spiral of violence for the sake of their own self-preservation, and revenge. So it seems we will have to be patient. The latest information given by the films distributors Verve Pictures, is that the movie is now due out February 07. ‘Straightheads’ (Official site)

 

26th August 06

'The Victim' - Update and synopsis

A big thanks to the guys at Thaicinema.org who dropped us a line this morning with a synopsis of the upcoming Thai flick ‘The Victim’. The story goes: A young girl Ting (Pitchanart Sakakorn) wants to be an actress. While waiting for her big chance, she is offered parts in police reenactments of homicides. After several jobs, Ting feels she is somehow connected to those victims who seem to be coming alive again. Sounds promising. We have also picked up that the official site for the film is live, but no real content as yet.

 

 

 

 

The Victim(Official site)

 

26th August 06

'Bug' - Official website and trailer online

The official site for the new Horror ‘Bug’ directed by the mastermind of the 'The Exorcist' William Friedkin is live, with a spiffy new trailer to boot. 'Bug' is psychological thriller starring Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon, Harry Connick Jr, and written by Tracy Letts. The film based on Letts' play is about modern paranoia in the wake of the Gulf War, and contains elements of black comedy, romance, and horror. Its looking good.

 

 

 

 

'Bug' (Official site)

 

25th August 06

Who was - 'The Victim'

The Japanese and Korean Horror film industry really need to start watching their backs. Thailand just keeps upping the ante with the quality and sophistication of the Horror movies they are producing. We have picked up on another upcoming film ‘The Victim’. This seems to go even further to show that Thailand might soon well be the place to go for Horror in Asia. The posters alone made we want to (more of which you can check out here ) see this movie! We are still looking for an accurate synopsis, but in the mean time we managed to dig up a great looking teaser trailer. That alone has massively upped its must see status. More info as we get it.

 

 

 

'The Victim' (Teaser)

 

23rd August 06

'Cicak-Man' - Malaysia’s first superhero

Malaysia are creating their very own (and first) superhero 'Cicak-Man'. Perhaps they didn't like being outdone by their neighbors Thailand who have their own big budget superhero flick 'Mercury Man' . The Malay film is to be produced by KRU Films and will be shot on true-HD (High Definition), with intensive use of CGI, motion control cameras and about 40% of the shots done on green screen. 'Cicak-Man' is set in the fictional city of Metrofulus and revolves around the lives of two best friends Hairi (Saiful Apek) and Danny (Yusry). One day Hairi unintentionally receives super powers and it is up to Danny to race against time to help find an antidote to help cure Hairi who is getting considerably weaker as his human cells are changing to the cells of a lizard. 'Cicak-Man', directed by Yusry Abdul Halim, stars some of Malaysia’s top actors and actresses such as Saiful Apek, Fasha Sandha, Aznil Nawawi, Aziz Satar and many more including Yusry himself. So far there are only behind the scenes stills on the official site, so we will have to wait for some trailer action to see what this is going to look like. The film opens in Malaysia in November. 'Cicak-Man' (Official Site)

 

22nd August 06

'Chai-lai's Angels' - hit Singapore

Chai-Lai Angels, Thailand’s ridiculously over the top version of Charlie's Angels is about to open in Singapore, but there it seems to have been renamed with the rather dull title of ‘The Dangerous flowers’. The 5 glamorous girls work as undercover secret agents, they have various disguises, they fight criminal organizations, they look good while delivering those high kicks, and even report to a "Bosley", the list just goes on. Filled with plenty of camp, jokes, implausible situations and crazy antics, you'd half expect the Angels to be slick, efficient, and deadly. Not so. Our leading ladies turn out on more than one occasion to be bumbling and completely ineffective. The storyline (little that it has) revolves around the girls defeating the evil plans of an arch villain and his gender–bending head henchman. While this is definitely a film not to be taken too seriously, it still looks great fun. The movie opens in singapore on August 24th. 'Chai-Lai Angels' (Official Site)

 

22nd August 06

London International Animation Festival opens today

The London International Animation Festival (LIAF) is a much anticipated annual event on the festivals calendar. It swings into action today and climaxes with the ‘best of the festival’ programme on 27 August. LIAF will be bigger and better than ever before - more than 200 short films from 25 countries will be screened over six days at the Curzon Soho. This is the UK's largest animation festival in terms of the sheer amount of films that are screened. As well as the best recently released British and international films over seven competitive sessions, there are programmes devoted to: digital animation, abstract animation, animated documentaries, kids animation, a student panorama, retrospectives on Frederic Back, Korean animation, a studio focus on Nukufilm from Estonia, and a masterclass from visiting Canadian animator Marie-Josee Saint-Pierre. For a full rundown of the festivals programme check out the official site.

 

LIAF (Official Site)

 

21st August 06

Fresh in from Thailand - 'Cadaver'

New Asian horror seems to be coming through thick and fast at the moment, and while quantity doesn't guarantee quality, this latest offering from Thailand ‘Cadaver’ seems to be quite promising. Synopsis: Mai is a medical student who confronts a terrifying experience with an experimental cadaver during her anatomy lesson. Soon after she begins to be haunted by a woman ghost that keeps following her everywhere. Mai frightened by the fearsome ghost, turns to her teacher Prakit as the only hope for help. But, when she discovers the truth behind this unknown cadaver, it leads her to find the horrible story of a girl called Dawan, who links to the cadaver. From the trailer and the synopsis the movie seems to follow the familiar pattern of Asian ghost films. But one surety about the Thai film industry, when doing Horror they rarely hold back on the gruesome scares. ‘Cadaver’ opens in Thailand on August 24th. Cadaver(Official Site)

 

20th August 06

'SL8N8' aka 'Slaughter Night' - Full trailer

A full length trailer for the good looking Dutch Horror 'SL8N8' is now available on the official site. We originally covered news about the film in an article back on June 4th. You can read a more detailed summary of the storyline in the archive here.

 

 

 

 

 

'Slaughter Night' (Official Site)

 

18th August 06

Upcoming Thai Fantasy film - 'The Queen of Lung-Gasuka'

Ananda Everingham star of the excellent Thai Horror 'Shutter' has a new project in the offing to be called ‘The Queen of Lung-Gasuka’. The movie is to be a big budget historical fantasy epic and is directed by Nonzee Nimibutr. The script of Queen of Lankasuka, or Puen Yai Jom Salat, has been written by Sea-Write winner Win Leowarin, and it involves ambitious sequences such as CGI-enhanced underwater fights, a couple of magical adventures with giant whales and deep-sea creatures, a feisty cannon battle among the warring parties, and locations as disparate as sea gypsy villages and pirate' gunships. Synopsis from the production company’s website: "War rages on … Princes of neighboring dynasties have formed a coalition with rebel pirates, plotting to seize the powerful cannon from the Land of Lankasuka. The mass destruction juggernaut, capable of obliterating foes in a matter of seconds, is much coveted by any party seeking to tip the balance of power to their advantage. Artillery is deployed, the infantry is mobilized, the Doo Lam force is unleashed ... The clash is critical. The three princesses of the Land of Lankasuka must at all cost protect their realm from the evil clutch of the ongoing wave of invaders – even with their lives on the line". As well as the synopsis, we also have a load of great looking concept art for the film that you can see here. The Shoot began in early August, and the film is due out in 2007. [Source]

 

17th August 06

'Nephesh Seed' - First ever Malaysian film in Cantonese

The Malaysian Horror movie 'Nephesh Seed' – is to be the first full-length Chinese language feature film to be made in that country. The word nephesh in the Old Testament means “soul” and can be alternatively translated to mean “heart” or “breath”. Hence, filmmakers Michael Chuah, Oliver Lee and Aron Koh, who jointly set up production company Dream Image, decided to call their new film project ‘Nephesh Seed’. The story deals with the life of a single mother, who undergoes a medical procedure known as in-vitro fertilisation in Singapore, to have a child of her own. Five years later, she moves into a new apartment and she notices that her child begins to behave oddly. Her fears begin to mount when she finds her child frequently talking to himself in the presence of a shadowy figure. The Cantonese movie marks a turning point in Malaysia’s Chinese film industry, as it is the inaugural full-length horror made in the country and could be the first of many to come.'Nephesh Seed' (Official site) [source]

 

16th August 06

Exclusive : 'La Hora Fría' - New poster and website online

The website for the upcoming spanish Horror 'La Hora Fria' has just come online. The majority of the things of interest (for non Spanish speakers) are to be found in the downloads section. There is only one trailer so far and its the one we covered on August 14th, but from the way the menu is arranged it looks like there will be a lot more due. Soon hopefully!

 

 

 

 

 

'La Hora Fria' (Official site)

 

16th August 06

Viggo Mortensen's Spanish epic - 'Alatriste'

Those of you who have a weakness for (me included) period epics and who haven't had enough of Pirates and all things Swashbuckling, you might like to take a look at Viggo Mortensens (The Lord of the Rings) next project 'Alatriste'. Leaving behind middle Earth to reappear in 17th century Spain, Mortensen is donning his swords once again. Synopsis: 17th century imperial Spain under the reign of Philip IV, a weak and easily manipulated monarch dominated by a corrupt court. Intrigue and betrayal, duels and battles, love and hatred are the stage for the adventures of "Captain Alatriste". In his Majesty's service, a proud soldier in Flanders and in times of peace, a hired sword in Madrid and Seville. He wasn't the most virtuous of men, nor the most devout, but he was a man of valour. His name was Diego Alatriste. The film is based on Arturo Pérez Reverte's best selling novels and directed by Agustin Diaz Yanes. Co starring is Elena Anaya (Van Helsing, Talk to Her, Sex and Lucia). Backed by 20th Century fox it seems to be getting a reasonably wide release outside of Spain, with the exception so far of the UK! 'Alatriste’ opens in Spain in September. 'Alatriste’ (Official site)

 

16th August 06

Intriguing new Horror from Malaysia - 'Susuk'

Synopsis and introduction from the official sites Intro:Su·suk (noun) The forbidden practice of inserting and embedding foreign objects such as gold, silver, and diamonds under a person's skin in order to increase the person's allure. The wearer will have to respect a few taboos for this magical spell to work, failing which the consequences will be dire. Synopsis: "Beauty has a price. Soraya is a young trainee nurse who is starting to feel disaffected by her life. A chance introduction to the world of glamour piques her earlier ambition to be a star. She does not succeed at first, but she is told that the forbidden practice of susuk can help. She has to make a choice whether to stay the way she is, or cross the line... Meanwhile, Suzana is a prominent diva with an air of mystery. She has long been a practitioner of the black arts due to her use of the extreme susuk keramat. Every time she violates a taboo, a human life is required. We follow the eventful lives of these two women until we get to the true secret of this dreaded charm". No trailer as yet, but the premise sounds great. There are however some production diary videos to been seen on the website. 'Susuk' (Official site)

 

15th August 06

Exclusive : First trailer for Clint Eastwoods - 'Flags of our Fathers'

We've turned up a trailer for Clint Eastwood's epic WWII retelling of the life stories of the six men who raised the flag at The Battle of Iwo Jima. Its just appeared on the Warner Bro's Japan website, and it looks stunningly good! Synopsis : February 1945. Even as victory in Europe was finally within reach, the war in the Pacific raged on. One of the most crucial and bloodiest battles of the war was the struggle for the island of Iwo Jima, which culminated with what would become one of the most iconic images in history: five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi. The inspiring photo capturing that moment became a symbol of victory to a nation that had grown weary of war and made instant heroes of the six American soldiers at the base of the flag, some of whom would die soon after, never knowing that they had been immortalized. The film was inspired by James Bradley’s quest to learn more about the famous photo of six soldiers raising an American flag at Iwo Jima. His father, Navy corpsman John Bradley, was one of the six men. The trailer also has excerpts from Clint's other film 'Letters from Iwo Jima' , which is about the battle this time told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought in it. 'Flags of our Fathers' Trailer (Windows media)

 

14th August 06

English subbed teaser for Spanish Horror - 'La Hora Fría'

We were the first to cover news of this upcoming Spanish Horror 'La Hora Fria' aka 'The Cold Hour' back on July 7th. Now a teaser trailer for the film has turned up on Youtube. An added bonus is the one we have found has excellent English subtitles. It's light on any action, but it gives you a good idea of the dark mood of the film. One we can definitely add to the looking forward too list.

 

 

 

 

'La Hora Fria' Teaser

 

August DVD updates online

Find out what's caught our eye from this months new dvd releases here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13th August 06

Ji Jin-hee turns tough guy in - 'Su'

The first teaser poster has been revealed for actor Ji Jin-hee’s new film. Ji is to shed his previous gentle image that he acquired doing such romantic films as 'Bewitching Attraction' and Love Letter, to be transformed into a "tough guy” in his first action movie, ‘Su.’ Playing double roles in the film Ji Jin-he has agreed to portray the twin brothers Tae-jin and Tae-su in this action/drama from Tree Club productions. In the film, Tae-su (the 'su' of the title) witnesses the murder of his brother, and gradually becomes determined then obsessed to exact his own grisly revenge on the perpetrators of the crime. Directed by Sai Yoichi (Blood And Bones, Quill) under the Korean name Choi Yang-il, the movie will also feature Kang Seong-yeon (King And The Clown), Mun Seong-geun (Virgin Stripped Bare...), Lee Gi-yeong (Soul Guardians, Marathon), Jo Kyeong-hwan (Born To Kill) and Oh Man-seok (Liar).

 

[Source] KBS Global

 

12th August 06

Exclusive : New Korean Sci-Fi - 'Brainwave'

We have just stumbled across what looks like a very interesting independent Sci-fi movie from Korea. As is always the case with gathering information on new films in another language, it can be hard to find. But we have done some digging and here is what we know so far. ‘Brainwave’ was directed by Shin Tae-ra, and first came to light at the 2005 Jeonju International Film Festival where it was entered in the “Full length Digital films section”. From what we can gather the film so impressed the Korea film council they granted the movie an award of 35 million won ($35,000) to use towards the rental of equipment to transfer the original from Digital to 35mm print, for a cinema release. Finding a full synopsis for the film has proved difficult so far, but the story seems to revolve around a man who discovers he has extraordinary mental abilities. Take a peak at the great looking trailer on the official site.

 

'Brainwave' (Official site)

 

10th August 06

Minoru Kawasaki's - 'Everyone but Japan sinks'

First they sink, now they're the only ones to survive! From director Minoru Kawasaki, creator of the bizarre but fun comedy 'Calamari wrestler' comes 'Everyone but Japan sinks' a hugely over the top parody of this summer's big budget special effects remake, of a strikingly similar name. Think 'Naked Gun' but with earthquakes and cheesy CGI explosions and your in the general area of silliness. Great stuff. [Source] kaijushakedown.

 

 

 

 

'Everyone but Japan sinks' (Official site)

 

9th August 06

Upcoming project for Darren Aronofsky - 'Lone Wolf and Cub'

We are starting to get some info through about an upcoming project of director Darren (The fountain) Aronofsky. He's planning a remake of one of the most well known works in Japanese cinema 'Lone Wolf and Cub'. Known in Japan as 'Kozure Okami' a well-known gekiga or manga created by the writer Kazuo Koike and the artist Goseki Kojima. Its story led to the creation of six films the (most famous of which was 'Shogun Assassin') starring Tomisaburo Wakayama, four plays, television series and much more. 'Lone Wolf and Cub' chronicles the story of Ogami Itto, the Shogun's executioner who uses the Dotanuki battle sword. He was disgraced by false accusations from the Yagyu clan and has been forced to take the path of the assassin. Along with his three-year-old son, Daigoro, they seek revenge on the Yagyu clan and are known as 'Lone Wolf and Cub'. Its not clear yet exactly how the film is going to work style and content wise, but we would assume (and hope!) that if Aronofsky plans a sympathetic remake the film will be in Japanese. His next film 'Flicker' is slated for 2007, so currently 'Lone Wolf and Cub' is looking like getting a release in 2008. More news as we get it.

 

8th August 06

New posters and site for Korean release of - 'The sinking of Japan'

The Korean site for the Japanese disaster flick ''The Sinking of Japan' is now up and running. As is often the case it's a damn sight easier to navigate than the Japanese version. There's also a ton a of great new posters to be seen here. For those not familiar with the film here's a brief synopsis:Japan has just received its death sentence. In less than a year, the island nation will sink! Earthquakes, tidal waves and volcanic eruptions roil the country, leaving millions dead and stranded. Japans only hope lies with one plan and one man! 'The sinking of Japan' has some spectacular looking effects, and made huge takings in its home country. The critics apparently weren't as kind as the general public, but hey its a disaster movie not Macbeth.

 

 

'Sinking of Japan' (Official Korean site)

 

7th August 06

David Slade talks on - '30 Days of Night'

A video blog by the director David Slade (Hard Candy) has turned up online. In it he talks about his upcoming Vampire film for Sam Raimi’s Production Company Ghost House Pictures, entitled ' 30 Days of Night’. For more info about the films story check out our previous article back in March.

 

 

 

 

David Slade (Video Blog)

 

6th August 06

Samuel L. Jackson is - 'Afro Samurai'

How cool will this be! Premiering this autumn is ‘Afro Samurai’, an animated series based on the graphic novel by Takashi Okazaki. Voicing the title character and co-producing the five-part miniseries is Samuel L. Jackson. Story: With his unusually long blade, a cold-blooded attitude, and an occasional drag of a hand-rolled cigarette Afro is a lone warrior who roams the land knowing no love and shedding no tears. Upon his head is a cloth band with a mark that ranks him as the #2 fighter in the world. But in truth, he lives only to wreak revenge on the man who killed his father in a duel. That man ironically happens to be the world's top fighter, who wears another cloth headband marked by the symbol of the #1! Intriguingly, Jackson is also tipped to be starring in a live action version of the Manga, rumored for release in 2007. Check out the teaser trailer for the animated version on the official site here.

 

6th August 06

'Cinderella' - New posters and trailer

Some extra updates have appeared online for this great looking horror from Korea, including some new posters and the best trailer yet. From the link below, select 'multimedia' then 'trailer No2' on the far right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New trailer (Official site)

 

5th August 06

Ram Gopal Varma's hard hitting cop thriller- 'Shiva'

A new poster and trailer has turned up for Ram Gopal Varma's upcoming film about corruption and violence in the police force of the Indian city of Mumbai. This is not your usual Bollywood, theres no singing and dancing to be had in this movie.

 

 

 

 

 

Shiva trailer (Youtube)

 

3rd August 06

'Silk' - New Horror from Taiwan

'kaijushakedown' have picked up on what looks to be quite an interesting new horror flick from Taiwan. The best synopsis we can find for it so far is this — " A team of scientists led by professor Hashimoto has managed to capture the energy of a ghost child, thanks to their newly invented device called Menger Sponge. The child, isolated in an empty flat, moves his lips to words no one understands. Hashimoto enlists special agent Ye Qi-Dong, who is able to read on lips, in order to figure out how this child can shed light on life...and especially life after death..." They have also found a great looking trailer for the film. The one downside to it is the incredibly cheesy narration over the top, which is very much best ignored.

 

Silk Trailer (Windows Media)

 

3rd August 06

'The Grudge 2 '-Trailer

The first full trailer for 'The Grudge 2' has arrived. I have to admit to wondering just how much life was left in this Franchise. The first 'remake' was an excellent retelling with enough variation on the original to make it interesting in its own right. But as with a lot of sequels there is always that nagging feeling of worry that they will run out of steam. Not so here. Damn this looks good!

 

 

 

 

'Grudge 2' Trailer

 

2nd August 06

'Tales from Earthsea' - No1 in Japan

Director Goro Miyazaki’s animated adventure ‘Gedo senki’ aka ‘Tales from Earthsea’ has gone straight in at number one in Japanese cinemas nationwide. Based on the hugely popular Earthsea books by Ursula K. Le Guin it tells the story of Ged who is on a journey, searching for the source causing evil disturbances to the world. Ged — once an impetuous and arrogant goatherd boy — is now a mature man, called by others as "Lord Archmage", the greatest of wizards. Initially, "Earthsea" author Ursula K. Le Guin wanted Hayao Miyazaki to direct the film. At the time however the elder Miyazaki was tied up working on 'Howls moving castle' (2004), so couldn't come on board at the right time. Not wanting to pass up the opportunity to make the film, Miyazaki's son Goro Miyazaki stepped up to the plate and decided to make this his first film. Seems he's done a good job then!

 

Gedo senki (Trailer)

 

2nd August 06

'Galactica' season 3 teaser online

A teaser trailer for the 3rd season of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ has appeared up on Youtube. We have also turned up a clip of some of the Galactica cast being interviewed at Comic con, but be warned, if you are going to watch it they apparently drop a few big spoilers about the upcoming series. 'Galactica' season 3 starts airing in October.

 

 

 

Teaser

Cast interview

 

 

 

 

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