- November 07
Wars' on R1 DVD and Blu-ray
Korean blockbuster monster feature D-Wars is now up for pre-order
on both DVD and Blu-ray formats. East meets West, and ancient
myth meets modernity in this creature feature from Korean
director Shim Hyung Rae. A TV news reporter (Jason Behr, The
Grudge), an antiques dealer (Robert Forster, Firewall), and
a beautiful young woman (Amanda Brooks) all play a role in
an old Korean legend coming to life.
giant snake is slithering its way through the streets of Los
Angeles, and the trio must keep it from reuniting with an
ancient spirit that will turn it into an evil, even more destructive
dragon. Dragon Wars is a throwback to classic monster movies
of the 70’s-80’s. D-Wars is more of a guilty pleasure
than fellow Korean import The Host, but it features impressive
action and nods to monster movie favorites such as King and
Kong and Godzilla.
(Official U.S site)
the R1 DVD
here or Blu-ray
no seido’ (Accuracy of Death)
to our post way back in July, we have now turned up a one
sheet for director Masaya Kakehi's new project ‘Shinigami
no seido’ (literal translation "Accuracy of Death"),
a horror fantasy starring Takeshi
Kaneshiro. Takeshi plays the Grim Reaper who appears to
his possible victims in human form and spends a week with
them, before deciding whether or not to take them.
film will be Kaneshiro's first to be shot in Japan, since
the So-so sci-fi pic "Returners"
in 2002. Manani Konishi will co-star as one of Kaneshiro's
potential victims. The movie is based on a novel by Kotaro
Isaka -- the writer's fifth to be made for the big screen.
The film will be released in Japan via Warner Bros, March
of Death (Official site)
in the U.K
to note for all our U.K readers. Ang lee's multi award winning
and more than a little racey thriller 'Lust, Caution,' opens
in U.K Cinemas in January.
The Plot: Mrs. Mak, a woman of sophistication and means, walks
into a café, places a call, and then sits and waits.
She remembers…how her story began several years earlier,
in 1938 China. She is not, in fact, Mrs. Mak, but shy Wong
Chia Chi. With WWII underway, Wong has been left behind by
her father, who has escaped to England. As a freshman at university,
she meets fellow student Kuang Yu Min. Kuang has started a
drama society to shore up patriotism. As the theater troupe's
new leading lady, Wong realizes that she has found her calling,
able to move and inspire audiences - and Kuang.
He convenes a core group of students to carry out a radical
and ambitious plan to assassinate a top Japanese collaborator,
Mr. Yee. Each student has a part to play; Wong will be Mrs.
Mak, who will gain Yee's trust by befriending his wife and
then draw the man into an affair. Wong transforms herself
utterly inside and out, and the scenario proceeds as scripted
- until an unexpectedly fatal twist spurs her to flee. Shanghai,
1941. With no end in sight for the occupation, Wong - having
emigrated from Hong Kong - goes through the motions of her
existence. Strangely, Kuang re-enters her life; as Wong reprises
her earlier role, and is drawn ever closer to her dangerous
prey, she finds her very identity being pushed to the limit...
The film has been given an 18 certificate, so we assume that
the release is the full (frontal) 157 min version. 'Lust'
arrives in U.K theatres January 4th. Lust,
Cronenberg's 'Eastern Promises' on R1 DVD
Cronenberg's critically acclaimed London based thriller 'Eastern
Promises' is out on DVD next month. The film follows the mysterious
and ruthless Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen), who is tied to one
of London's most notorious organized crime families. His carefully
maintained existence is jarred when he crosses paths with
Anna (Naomi Watts), an innocent midwife, who accidentally
uncovers potential evidence against the family. Now Nikolai
must put into motion a harrowing chain of murder, deceit,
and retribution. The film is available in wide screen, full
screen, and HD versions.
Promises (Official site)
the DVD here
nearly time for 'Chocolate'!
days. According to Thai film site 'Movieseer' the release
date for Prachya Pinkaew's highly anticipated martial arts
action pic 'Chocolate,' has been set for Feb 08! Prachya is
perhaps best known as the director behind 'Ong
Bak,' the hit movie that catapulted Thai martial arts
maestro Tony Jaa, too international stardom.
'Chocolate' stars newcomer Nicharee "Jeeja" Vismistananda
as an autistic girl who learns how to fight both by absorbing
her martial arts skills from what she sees on TV and from
the Muay thai boxing school next to her home. When she finds
a list of debtors in her sick mother's diary, she decides
to go collecting. Her quest leads her to confrontations with
criminal gangs and also her father, a member of the Japanese
In another twist, Prachya also recently revealed in an interview
with Thai newspaper 'The
Nation' that the film Daab Atamat (Sword), the third Thai
martial arts project he and Tony Jaa were to work on, has
been cancelled. After 'Chocolate' he will apparently be making
another action film with a female lead. More 'Choc'
news as we get it.
Update on 'Riaru onigokko' (The Chasing World)
to our post on November 10th, the site for Japanese Sci-fi
thriller 'The Chasing World,' now has a full length trailer
online. An added bonus, we have also scared up a cool new
poster featuring one of the films cyborg killer bad guys.
Chasing World website
Village of warriors' full trailer now online
on July 18th we reported
that a test trailer was out for the upcoming Thai action epic
‘Siyama: Village of warriors.’ Now the full (English
subtitled no less) trailer is online, with its audio and visual
FX complete. The studio seems to have done a great job on
the post production work. It’s all looking very spiffy,
with Sorcery, martial arts and epic battles galore. ‘Siyama’
opens theatrically in Thailand on Dec 20th.
trailer for 'Kung Fu Dunk'
director Kevin Chu's new martial arts actioner 'Kung Fu Dunk,'
now has a first slick looking teaser trail of its very own.
For more background info on the production, check out our
earlier story, dated November
Fu Dunk teaser
trailer & posters for Korean fantasy horror 'Hansel &
first teaser trail and posters are out for director YIM Phil-sung’s
(Atlantic Journal) surreal fantasy horror ‘Hansel &
Gretel.’ Based on the famous fairy tail written by the
Brothers Grimm, the movie tells the story of Eun-soo who gets
lost in the woods and is lured by mysterious girl, to her
strange house deep in the forest. Still in post production,
the film stars CHEON Jeong-Myeong, SHIN Eun-Gyeong and JEON
Jin-Hee. As well as the trailer & posters, there is also
a shed load of creepy stills from the pic to be seen. Links
& Gretel trailer
Blade 2' on the way!?
this teaser poster we've just found on their site, it looks
like Thai moviemakers Mono Films have a sequel to their 2005
hit action movie 'The Tiger Blade' in the works. The poster
also confirms that Tharatorn Siriphunvaraporn, the director
of the first movie is on board to helm the new pic. The first
'Blade' had its flaws, but it also had a ton of rollickingly
good martial arts (with a mystical twist) action & stunts,
far better than you'd expect considering the movies relatively
low budget. If they can top the first one, we could be in
for a real treat. For those not familiar with the first film,
here's the low down on the plotline:
a volatile case confronts the police, a young maverick cop
with mystical powers is put on the case. Yosthana teams up
with the seductive Duangdao, and together they must hunt down
and capture the brutal and deadly 'Five Bullets Bandit.' The
gang is led by the fearsome, Mahesak, who, like Yosthana is
skilled in the art of sorcery and magic. Mahesak can only
be defeated with The Tiger Blade, a magical and ancient sword,
replete with the powers of nature, and the forces of good.
Yosthana must find the Tiger Blade, and bring Mahesak to justice,
before the bandits bring total chaos to the city. The stage
is set for a gruesome battle between the two nemeses, but
only one can survive”
can check out the original films official site, from the link
Tiger Blade (Official
Tiger Blade on DVD
and hi-res trailer for French re-release of 'Suspiria.'
Argento’s classic cult horror ‘Suspiria’
is once again in Cinemas 30 years after its original release.
Now fully restored for a new generation of fans to enjoy,
the pic opens today
in French theatres.
Jessica Harper, Joan Bennett, Stefania Casini the film
is the story of a young American ballet student, Suzy Banyon
(Jessica Harper), who goes to Germany to attend a prestigious
dance academy. Later she discovers the school is a front for
a coven of witches who practice black magic.
well as the spiffy 30th anniversary poster,
French site Allocine are hosting a Hi-res version of the trailer
for the film. The beginning of which graphically highlights
the improvement made to the movies picture quality.
Website now fully live
official site for Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza's Spanish
horror [REC] is now fully live. All the usual treats lie within.
One of the most (aside from the kick ass trailer) interesting
things, is a wallpaper showing of one of the "infected."
It's the clearest pic we've seen so
far, of one of the movies Zombies.
And he looks Naasty. [REC] opens in Spain on Friday.
Hark, Ringo Lam, Johnnie To's 'Triangle' up for pre-order
Hong Kong crime caper 'Triangle' is now up for pre-order on
English subtitled DVD. The movie is the result of a first-time
collaboration between three masters of Asian cinema, Tsui
Hark, Ringo Lam, and Johnnie To. Each directed a segment of
the film, based on an adventure quest they had imagined. It
involves the characters Sam, Fai, and Mok, three penniless
friends, a group of gang members, and a priceless ceremonial
robe embroidered with gold, the object of everyone's desire.
The three must choose between friendship, greed, & survival.
the DVD here
trailer for 'L - Change the World'
were first on the scene with news that a full trailer has
appeared on the site for the 'Death Note' spin off movie,
titled: ‘L - Change The World.’ The
pic directed by the Hideo Nakata (The Ring 2, "Kaidan)
mainly on detective L's (played by Kenichi Matsuyama) story
after the events of the original two Death
Movie (Official Site)
comes 'The Mist'
its imminent release Stateside on November 21st, the marketing
machine for the latest Stephen King novel to be movierised
‘The Mist‘ is in over-drive. Reasons to be intrigued:
It's Stephen King. Frank (no-one does King better) Darabont
(The Shawshank, Green Mile) directed the movie and wrote the
Screenplay. Best of all, it's a rare beast these days, an
R rated horror flim.
to remake cult horror 'From Beyond'?
It looks like U.S. production house Shoreline Entertainment
has a new version of ‘From Beyond’ (based on the
short story by H.P Lovecraft) in the works. The original 1986
film version directed by Stuart
Gordon was a sure fire cult classic, and fans of his version
will no doubt consider it be a tough act to follow. That said,
Shoreline has produced some original and entertaining genre
pics. It will be interesting to see what they can do with
the story. The new version is listed as being in "pre-production."
Aside from the poster, the only other info available is this
piece of concept
art and a synopsis from the Shoreline
Davis Tillinghast is a modern day Sherlock Holmes, using his
keen intellect and powers of deduction to solve the cases
no one else can ... until now. A series of bizarre and seemingly
impossible mutilations have him stumped, the only tenuous
clue leading back to the laboratory of his estanged brother
Crawford, a crazed genius obsessed with inter-dimensional
physics. Crawford has invented an instrument that hyper-stimulates
the pineal gland of the brain, making visible the many thousands
of parallel universes that occupy our space/time continuum.
But unbeknown to him this machine is also empowering creatures
from other realities, giving them the ability to "drift"
- travel between dimensions. Davis discovers that a "drifter"
has been causing the random mutilations and sets out to destroy
his brother's machine. In the process, Davis is exposed to
a vast amount of the machine's energy, turning him too into
Beyond clip (1986 version)
teaser poster for 'Antoo Fighter'
new teaser poster is out for upcoming Malaysian horror comedy
'Antoo fighter.' Ever so slightly (well very by the looks
of it) camp, it appears to be
great cheesy fun none the less. Directed by Azizi Chunk
it follows the adventures of super heroes the 'Antoo fighters,'
as they fight to save the world from evil.
"A group of ghostly creatures from the past led by Drakulat
Van Listerooy returns to the present time terrorizing and
dominating the town after they had escaped from a group sworn
to fight against evil spirits in the past. Drakulat and his
sidekicks journey to Kuala Lumpur and conquered the KL Tower
and made it their headquarters. There they began to destroy
the city till it brought the whole nation to a dangerous state.
objective of Drakulat is actually to free Lord Sharon, satan's
spawn, so they could conquer and destroy the whole world together.
In order to make it all happen he needs to locate the chosen
girl, Delyla, who carries the blood line of having extraordinary
powers and becoming the perfect sacrificial victim to Lord
Sharon and freeing him into the world. The presence of Drakulat's
clan is felt by Pak Din (one of the last Antoo fighters in
the late 50's). Antoo fighter is a top secret group consisting
of 5 chosen people on earth to protect the world from evil
spirits every 60 years."
fighter' opens in Malaysia in the new year. Antoo
fighter Unofficial teaser
footage from 'The Forbidden Kingdom'
first clip for Jackie Chan and Jet Li’s upcoming martial
arts fantasy ‘The Forbidden kingdom’ is out. First
impressions. We’re surprised at actually how good it’s
all looking. So far. Directed by Rob Minkoff, with (more importantly)
fight scenes choreographed by 'The Matrix’s' Yuen Wo
Ping, it does stand a chance at being a pretty decent flick.
it out for yourself, from the link below.
Forbidden kingdom (Trailer:Youtube)
'Exiled' and 'Election 2' DVD giveaway Winners!
contest to give away 3 copies each of Johnny To's 'Exiled'
and 'Election 2' has come to an end, and the winners have
been drawn. Congratulations are due too: Graham Webster,
Rod Morgan, and Kai Ljung. Those who entered but
didn’t win this time, keep a look out. We have more
great giveaways coming up soon.
posters for Thai horror 'The Screen'
new posters have arrived for 'The Screen, the promising big
budget Thai horror from 5 Star Productions. 'The Screen' is
directed by Songsak Mongkolthong & stars Na Ayudhya, Namo
Tonggumnerd, Pakkaramai Potranan & Achita Pramoj. Check
out the link below, to take a peek at them bigger.
Pang's 'The Detective' on English subtitled DVD
latest offering from one of those prolific pang boys, hits
DVD next week. Oxide Pang's ‘The Detective’ stars
Aaron Kwok, who continues his string of winning performances
in this detective thriller, with a hint of horror. Kwok is
supported by talented character actors Liu Kai Chi (Infernal
Affairs 2), Kenny Wong (Gong Tau), Wayne Lai, Kiki Sheung,
and Jo Koo.
Working form a tiny office, near-sighted, debt ridden private
detective Tam (Kwok) talks big, but does small business. He
gets an interesting new job when his friend Lung shows up
one day with the picture of a woman whom he claims is trying
to kill him. Unable to locate the woman, Tam starts looking
up her acquaintances, but he seems to always be in the wrong
place at the right time. At his first port of call, he walks
into a man hanging from the ceiling, the first of many dead
bodies he stumbles upon. Tam becomes increasingly obsessed
with finding the truth behind the mysterious deaths, but digging
too deep could have dangerous consequences.
the DVD here
goes Zombie in David Morley's 'Mutants'
horror seems to be heading in another direction, with the
news that filming has started on director David Morley's Zombie
survival pic, ‘Mutants.’ The film is produced
by Alain Benguigui and Thomas Verhaeghe for Sombrero Productions.
"In a world devastated by a pandemic virus that turns
human beings into primitive and bloodthirsty creatures, Marco
and Sonia set off to find a secret base to escape from the
'mutants'. When the latter attack them, Marco is infected
too. Little by little, he undergoes the same changes. Sonia,
who is expecting a baby, is then forced to fight her worst
enemy, the man she loves."
for Mutants was written by Morley, Johann Bernard, and Louis-Paul
Desanges. The movie stars Hélène de Fougerolles
as Sonia, and Francis Renaud as Marco. It co-stars former
Muay Thai champion Dida Diafat. ‘Mutants’ will
be released theatrically in France in the summer of next year.
poster for Johnny To's 'Mad Detective'
boy was it a hard find. Even though Johnny To's new pic 'Mad
Detective' opens in barely two weeks time, there's been a
real lack of promotional material to be found online for the
film. Thats a little surprising when you consider it's going
to be vying for ticket sales against two other heavy hitters,
Days of Night' & Danny Pang's 'In
Love with The Dead.' Which along with MD are all released
in Hong Kong on Nov 29th. Not perhaps the wisest of scheduling
choices by the films production company? 'Mad Detective' stars:
Lau ching Wan, Lam Ka Tung and Andy On.
plot: "A missing police pistol is connected to a series
of recent murders. Its owner Wong vanished while pursuing
suspects in the Hong Kong mountains. His partner Chi-Wai miraculously
returned unharmed. Hotshot regional Crime Unit inspector Ho
knows the only chance he has of solving the case is to ask
for help from his mentor, former boss Bun. Bun was a gifted
criminal profiler until he went insane several years ago.
Since then, he lives in seclusion with his beloved wife May.
has the gift to see a person’s inner personality, where
their subconscious desires, emotions & mental states are
laid bare and these are the key to unlocking a killer’s
identity. Bun comes to the conclusion Chi-Wai has a total
of seven personalities and the cap’s alternate identities
are responsible for his murderous behavior. While Bun’s
investigation and mental state gets increasingly out of control,
Ho starts to believe he has made a serious mistake in asking
this mad detective to help with the inquiry. What began as
a quest for an answer has now taken a schizophrenic turn where
truth and lies, reality and delusions intertwine..."
well as the cool poster, you can also check out the Mad
Signal' site gets a revamp
They've had the painters and decorators in at the website
for Magnolia Pictures upcoming shock horror THE SIGNAL, giving
it a major upgrade. Directed by David Bruckner and Jacob Gentry.
Cast: Anessa Ramsey, Justin Welborn and AJ Bowen.
plot: A mysterious signal is being transmitted from all media
devices in the city of Terminus, provoking murder and madness
within the psyches of its inhabitants. One man battles to
save the woman he loves from the vehemence of her crazed husband.
But, in order to succeed, he must first decide who he can
trust in a city where everyone appears to have succumbed to
the violence of the signal--including himself.
Signal gets a limited release in the U.S. February 22nd.
Signal (Official site)
Signal original teaser (Youtube:Viewer discretion advised)
trailer for 'Riaru onigokko' (The Chasing World)
official site for Kazunari Shibata's Japanese Sci-fi/Horror
'The Chasing World' now has a teaser trailer for the movie.
The screenplay for the pic written by Shibata, is based on
the hit novel by Yûsuke Yamada. The movie stars Takuya
Ishida, Mitsuki Tanimura, Shunsuke Daitô, Mitsuru Fukikoshi,
and Akira Emoto.
"In Japan, a mysterious series of murders has occurred,
which only targets people whose last name is 'Sato'. During
a fight with a gangster, high school student Tsubasa Sato
winds up in a parallel world. Things appear to be the same,
but his friends and classmates are somehow different from
who they used to be. Tsubasa doesn't understand what is happening
around him. After seeing a girl killed in front of him by
a pursuer, he finds out that he is now in a world where the
lord of the land plays a lethal game of tag - a real onigokko
(chasing game) that targets people whose last name is 'Sato'.
If, during the 'game', a target manages to elude his pursuers
for a few hours every day for a week, any wish that he has
will be granted. Tsubasa discovers that the parallel world
is linked to ours; when a person is killed in the parallel
world, so is the target's counterpart in our world. When the
siren sounds to signify that onigokko has begun, Tsubasa races
to protect his sister's double - and hence his sister herself..."
by Phantom Film Ltd. the movie is to released theatrically
in Japan, in the new year.
Chasing World website
Sci-fi thriller 'Dante 01' website and new trailer
The website for Maro Caro's dark science-fiction thriller
DANTE 01 has just gone live. Lurking within is a new extended
trailer for the film, and all we can say is...WOW! What with
this, Julien Leclercq's recent release 'Chrysalis'
it seems clear that French Sci-fi is going through a major
Renaissance at the moment. For
a rundown on the films cast and plot, check out our post dated
01 (Official site)
horror 'Someone Behind You' aka 'Two people' now on DVD
Oh Ki Hwan (The Art Of Seduction) hops on the comics to film
bandwagon with ‘Someone Behind You.’ The film
is based on a best-selling comic titled "Two People",
which tells of an old family curse marking one person dead
at the hands of two people in every generation. Staying true
to its genre, ‘Someone’ provides a bloodbath of
horror using familiar scare tactics like gory visuals and
chilling audio effects. Combining Oh
Ki Hwan's understanding of mainstream
trends and comic artist Kang Kyung Ok's cleverly devised,
twist-laden plot, this creepy screamer is a horror-thriller
like no other.
After witnessing the murder of her eldest aunt by her youngest
aunt, Ka In encounters a series of deadly, unexplainable events
in her life. Her classmate attacks her without warning, and
her teacher and even her own mother attempt to kill her. Meanwhile,
watching Ka In's paranoia is Suk Min, a mysterious boy rumored
to have murdered his own father. Suk Min teaches Ka In that
the only way to survive is to trust no one. Ka In searches
desperately for clues, finally learning of the bizarre family
curse that has marked her dead by the hands of two people
in her life. Now all she needs to do is identify the two killers.
But who are they?
Behind You website
the DVD here
for ‘Shamo’ finally arrives
what seems to have been an age, a first trailer has finally
arrived for the hard-core action pic ‘SHAMO,’
via Grady Hendrix over at Kaiju
shakedown. The movie from director Soi Cheang, is the
follow up to the equally violent Dog
million pic, produced by Hong Kong's Same Way Prod, is about
a psychotic antihero who takes up competitive fighting after
being beaten nearly to death at a prison for boys -- where
he's serving time for killing his parents. ‘Shamo’
stars Shawn Yue ("Infernal Affairs") in the lead,
along with Masato ("Lethal Ninja"), Dylan Kuo ("Black
Night"), Francis Ng ("Exiled"), Bruce Leung
("Kung Fu Hustle"), Annie Liu ("Mob Sister")
and Ryo Ishibashi ("The Grudge").
has confirmed what we have been hearing – that the film
has received very mixed reviews, but most agree that the raw
and uncompromising fight scenes are a class act. You can check
out the trailer for yourself, over at Youtube here.
live for 'An Empress and the Warriors'
hot on the heels of our first (November 1st) story on Donnies
Yen's upcoming BIG budget epic 'An Empress and the Warriors,'
we have now turned up the official site (English version available)
for the film. Its only just gone live so content is quite
limited, but they've included a story summary and background
info on the cast, to kick things off.
Empress and the Warriors (Official site)
poster for Tinieblas González's horror 'Underground'
teaser poster is out for Tinieblas
'Underground' aka (ASD: Alma Sin Dueno).' His feature
film debut, Gonzalez is one of Spain’s up and coming
genre filmmakers. His earlier works include a series of shorts
& a gothic adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's “The
Raven...Nevermore.” Written by Gonzalez, Koldo Serra
and Txabier Alastruey, ‘Underground’ is set in
a labyrinth of subway tunnels.
“The 1970s, industrialisation. The movement of people
from the provinces to the cities in search of more opportunities
creates a huge number of tramps and homeless people who huddle
together in communes, hidden beneath the city. The underground,
reservoirs and other subterranean passages serve as improvised
homes. In this period, an urban legend appears concerning
a creature, born from the womb of a dead woman, who manages
to survive. This deformed creature wanders through the depths
of the city and dismembers its victims. The Press call it
the ”Unowned Soul.”
post-modernity. Nathan, Joe and Fu are three young graffiti
artists, experts in street paintings. Motivated by the possible
media impact of an act of sabotage, they plan to ”decorate“
a new underground station on the day before it is opened.
They are helped by Rat, who is capable of outwitting any security
system. When they are unexpectedly interrupted by the violent
Police Chief and his men in the station, the youngsters are
forced to flee and penetrate the dark tunnels of the underground.
To the threat posed by their pursuers is added the presence
of a creature which stalks them, the ”Unowned Soul“.
Both the police and graffiti artists will fall like flies
in his hands. They wanted to make headlines. Now they will.”
Shot in English, 'Underground' stars Brendan Coughlin, Francia
Raisa, Doug Haley and Deance Wyatt. Still in post production
the pic is out in the new year.
Wars' on R1 DVD in January
guys over at Fango
have scored the DVD cover art/ details for the R1 DVD release
Hyung-rae’s CGI epic ‘Dragon Wars.’
The film will be presented in both widescreen and fullscreen
with Dolby 5.1 Surround sound, plus the following (surprisingly
500 Years in the Making featurette, Storyboard-to-screen featurette,
Photo gallery. The disc hits the shelves on January 8th.
(Official U.S site)
upcoming Vampire pic pre-sold already
the cameras have even rolled, director Park Chan-wook's untitled
(working title 'Bakjwi' aka 'Evil live') project about a priest
turned vampire has already been pre-sold to several big foreign
companies including Frances Wild Side, at the American Film
perhaps best known for the stunningly, fantastically, brilliant
(can you guess we kinda liked it?) ‘Oldboy,’
will begin to shoot the new film in the spring, with a release
in Korea at the end of 2008.
The film will see star Song Kang-ho ('The Host,' 'Secret Sunshine')
as the priest whose transformation, due to a medical experiment,
results in bizarre physical and psychological changes that
lead him into an illicit affair with the wife of his childhood
horror 'Epitaph' up for Pre-order on English subtitled DVD
was co-directed by the Jung Brothers, who were honored with
international recognition when it screened in the New Directors
section of the 2007 San Sebastian International Film Festival.
Unlike traditional horror films, which rely on instant gratification
via sudden scary images and sound effects, Epitaph brings
finesse to the genre with exquisite cinematography and an
intricate plot. Hailed by critics for its originality as well
as first-class performances by its cast, Epitaph is an illuminating
vision of darkness.
“In a modern hospital in 1941, doctors witness weird
events and learn death is the sole healer. In 1979, Dr.Park
receives an old photo album from his twenties in 1941 when
mysterious things befell him and his colleagues. Park was
bound by his parents to marry a girl whom he never met, but
fell in love with a dead woman who happened to be his arranged
marriage. Meanwhile, a little girl who was apparently the
only survivor a car accident was haunted by ghosts every night.
After two doctors (a married couple) involved in these two
stories return to their hospital from Tokyo, a series of serial
murders occurs around them.”
(English subtitled trailer)
the DVD here
teaser poster for 'Kung Fu Dunk'
the slightly dodgy premise to one side for a moment, 'Kung
Fu Dunk' does boast an impressive production team, which could
make for big things. The high school set martial arts action
movie is set to be the biggest budget pic to come from Taiwan
in recent years. The cast is headlined by pop star Jay Chou,
who has appeared in "Initial D," "Curse of
the Golden Flower"
arts drama is about a young man who grew up in a kung fu school
and was recruited by the university basketball team because
of his excellent slam dunk skills. Follow him as he juggles
his time between training for gruesome matches, fighting a
fellow team member for the heart of the girl of his dream
and trying to locate his family.
as Jay Chou, the movie will also reunites "Golden Flower"
action director Ching Siu-tung and cinematographer Zhao Xiaoding.
Working with a $10 million budget, the flick is directed by
veteral helmer Kevin Chu Yin-ping. It also stars Charlene
Choi, Taiwanese model Chen Bo-ling and Hong Kong's Eric Tsang.
The Film is due for release, in Feb 2008.
Look picks up 'Sukiyaki Western Django'
days. First Look Studios has picked up North American rights
to 'Sukiyaki Western Django.' The pic, Takashi Miike's ('Ichi
the Killer') homage to spaghetti-Westerns is performed entirely
in subtitled, heavily Japanese accented English. It also boasts
hugely over the top action/fight scenes, majorly campy performances,
and it all looks utterly fantastic. It's highly doubtful that
the movie will get a large theatrical release in the States,
but one thing this does guarantee, is a decent quality DVD
Western Django (Official
Yen dons armour in 'An Empress and the Warriors'
character posters for Donnie Yen's new big budget action epic
‘An Empress and the Warriors’ have just been released.
The film is helmed by Hong Kong director Tony Ching and stars
Donnie Yen, Leon Lai, Guo Xiaodong and Kelly Chen.
blockbuster is scheduled to open in Chinese theatres early
next year. That’s all we know at the moment. But hey
what more do we need. It’s Donnie Yen, in armour, with
a BIG sword, looking badass! You can check out all four posters
bigger, from the links below. More info as we get it.
international trailer for 'Viy'
guys over at movie site Filmz.ru
have picked up on a 2nd international trailer for the Russian
horror ‘Viy.’ The new clip only goes further to
confirm that this pic will be one sumptuous feast for the
eyes, but it’s still small consolation for the disappointing
fact that the films release has been delayed (see our post
dated Oct 14th) by at least a year. In the mean time you can
check out the new trailer, in lovely crisp downloadable Quicktime.
2nd international trailer