- October 06
Daengphut's - 'Mask of the Dead'
from Thai director Namchok Daengphut, is the Horror movie
‘the Mask of the Dead’. We’ve not been able
to find a huge amount of info on the film as yet, except for
the great looking poster, and a very long synopsis
from the films production company website. In the aged
century, the tale of traditional Siamese Takohn Mask that
turned Love to Rage was born. It all started with the love
triangle among Lord Chiang Roonk of Chiang Roonk Dynasty who
deeply fell in love with Princess Pin Lar, whose heart was
given to NaKen – a knight of Chiang Tung. In attempt
to kidnap the princess, Lord Chiang Roonk and his masked troops
ambushed the parade of Princess Pin Lar and her sister, Princess
Dao Fa, while on the way to the temple for Lanna traditional
merits making ceremony. Reported by the horseman, Lord Wang
Kum of Chiang Tung along with NaKen and the troops dashed
to rescue theirs lover princesses. In the middle of the chaotic
and fierce battle, in just one strike, Lord Wang Kum’s
sharp sword cut Lord Chiang Roonk’s head off his shoulder.
NaKen threw Lord Chiang Roonk’s head, which was still
attached to the his mask, into Mhan River, believed able to
imprison all evil spirits. In present day, a fashion advertising
agency was shooting a short film with international models
to promote the sophisticated beauty of the oriental garments
and fabrics. Given the concept “Thai Garments and the
Masks”, as traditional tale, the production was set
at Mhan river. While the crew was busy getting everything
ready for shooting, John – a curious and self-centered
model, dove into the river. While finding himself surrounded
with thousands of Takohn masks, he noticed one shining golden
mask that had a skull attached to it. Without telling anyone,
John took the golden mask, leaving the skull on the bottom
of the river, not knowing his greed has released Lord Chiang
Roonk’s evil spirit from captivity. A lifeless body
was found the next day by the river. Jakra, a young and charming
police offer was assigned to investigate this case. While
investigating, he found many more increasing mysterious deaths.
While John was found dead in his hotel room, the other models,
Louis’s and Mai’s bodies were found in the forest.
Their heads were chopped off. Pin and Pad, the model sisters,
had premonitions of the worse to come. Kan and Pal were skeptical
and trying to figure out what caused these mysterious deaths.
The answer revealed itself after Kara, Araty and Perter were
found brutally killed. The truth of the past, love, revenge
and grudge behind the mask that John brought up from the river.
The ghost of Lord Chiang Roonk appeared in middle of crowded
fashion show. Armed with his primitive hook weapon, his only
mission was to kill every reincarnated soul who was involved
in the last battle. What could stop this grudge? Who would
win in this battle? Their lives were at stake.
Banquet' - Available to pre-order on DVD
can’t but help to be impressed with the speed that Asian
studios turn around their DVD releases, after having been
so recently in cinemas. In this case Feng Xiaogang's epic
‘The Banquet’ is already available (released on
Nov 4th) to pre-order. Both in a standard edition, and a rather
snazzy 2 disc boxed set.
‘The Banquet’ pre-order standard
Banquet’ pre-order special
trailer for Wisit Sasanatieng's Horror - 'The unseeable'
guys over at Deknang.com have picked up that a second trailer
for director Wisit Sasanatieng's much anticipated horror 'The
Unseeable', has just gone live on the official site. This
version has a darker and more sinister feel too it than the
first. Great stuff.
Unseeable' trailer 2 (Windows media)
Nalin to direct - 'Buddha'
Nalin has signed on to direct "Buddha," the
story of Siddhartha, for Barnet Bain Films. Shooting will
start in the spring 07 in India and Nepal. Bain and Nalin
are producing; Peter Russell and Tinker Lindsay co-produce.
Nalin's first feature, 'Samsara,'
was shot in the Tibetan language and has grossed more than
$20 million worldwide. His new project, the more epic 'Valley
of the Flowers,' a $6 million production filmed in Hindi
and Japanese, will be released theatrically in about 30 countries
early next year.
live for - 'The Legend of Sudsakorn'
It looks great, and seems of the verge of being fully active,
as all the animations, menus etc are in place. The visuals
(a boy and his Dragon) are definitely reminiscent of ‘The
Never Ending Story.’ This is going to be a big budget,
high earner for production company Mono films, this December.
Legend of Sudsakorn'
- Tops Bangkok film festival
worthy winner this weekend. ‘Isabella’ has won
the Top prize at the World Film Festival of Bangkok this Sunday.
A quiet thriller by Hong Kong director Pang Ho-cheung ‘Isabella’
tells the story of a Macao police officer's bachelor life,
that is interrupted by the daughter he never knew he fathered.
Other winners at the festival, which ran Oct. 11-23, were
"Seeds of Doubt" for screenplay; "Climates"
(Iklimer), by Turkish helmer Nuri Bilge Ceylan, for cinematography;
and "12:08 East of Bucharest," which took a special
jury prize. The People's Choice Award went to "The Banquet"
(no surprise there then), the fest's opening film. The event,
backed by the Tourism authority of Thailand, is in its fourth
year. Festival director Kriengsak "Victor" Silakong
said the Thai public was seemingly more aware of the festival
this year and 70% of the available tickets were sold. [Source]
Concept art for Stan Winstons - 'The Deaths of Ian'
have turned up some concept art for horror film veteran Stan
Winston's upcoming film, 'The deaths of Ian'. The story:
Ian Stone (Mike Vogel) is an all-American kid with a great
life and a loving and devoted girlfriend, Jenny Walker (Christina
Cole). Late one night, while driving home from a painful loss
on the field, Ian comes across a bewildering discovery; what
looks like a dead body near the railroad tracks. Investigating
the grisly discovery, Ian is attacked by the ‘corpse’,
forced onto the tracks and run over by an oncoming train.
Only to wake up in an office cubicle! He’s still alive
and living with a beautiful but eerily mysterious woman called
Medea (Jaime Murray). Jenny is still there, but she’s
not his girlfriend, just a co-worker and one of a number of
apparently familiar faces. That’s when Ian learns he
is being hunted. Every day at the same time the clocks stop
and someone, or something, comes for him and kills him. The
only problem is Ian won’t stay dead. He wakes in a new
life and new place each day, only to find the cycle repeating
itself. He is desperately searching for someone to help him
make sense of what’s going on before his pursuers succeed
in killing him for the last time! To see the rest of
the artwork, and read a much more detailed synopsis of the
movie, click here.
Exclusive: International poster for - 'Blood and Chocolate'
by Katja Von Garnier and Starring Olivier Martinez (Taking
Lives, Unfaithful) and Agnes Bruckner (Murder by Number, The
Glass House) ‘Blood and Chocolate’ is adapted
from the novel the novel by Annette Curtis Klause. The film
is the story of a teenage werewolf who has spent her life
trying to hide the fact that she is part wolf. She must choose
between her love for a human, and her pack family after her
relationship with a visiting American threatens to expose
her secret. Whilst most sites are listing this as opening
first in the U.S. in January 07, two separate Malay films
site are quoting it as launching there in December 06. You
can check out the poster full size, from the link below.
and Chocolate’ (Poster)
Barker to remake - 'Hellraiser'
this is no vague unfounded internet rumour. From the man himself
via Revelations and Fango, he has announced in an interview
he intends to remake his most famous film to date. The debate
about this will now no doubt rage for weeks on end. My only
thoughts on the matter are, it was bound to happen sooner
or later, and if anyone was going to do it then who better
than Barker. You can read the full annoucement from the link
Serial Killer Thriller - 'Ne le dis à personne'
Britain's very own Kristin
Scott Thomas 'Ne le dis à personne' aka 'Tell No
One' tells the story of David Beck (Francois Cluzet) who's
wife Margot was savagely murdered by a serial killer 8 years
ago. He has now rebuilt his life, but never forgotten his
lost love. He finished medical school and establishes himself
as a successful pediatrician. On the anniversary of their
first date Beck receives a mysterious anonymous e-mail. Clicking
on an photo attached to the mail, he sees the face of a woman
in the middle of a crowd. The picture is dated today, the
woman is Margot…..
No One' (Official
live for - 'The passion'
website for the survival horror ‘The Passion’
has gone live. The main points of interest are a far better
(center icon) quality trailer, and a load of stills from the
movie. Looks good.
still from Thai Fantasy - 'Queen of Lung-Gasuka'
one so far alas, but even that gives us some idea of the scale
of the production. The set in the pic looks hugely lavish,
and has us eager to see more! For more background details
and a summary of the plot, you can check out our original
story on the movie posted way way back on August
independent Dutch Horror - 'Horizonica'
Ramon Etman’s ‘Horizonica’ apparently holds
the distinction of being the largest project in Dutch cinema
history, to be entirely completed by using only volunteers.
With a tiny budget, Etman managed to persuade various Dutch
celebrities, actors, singers and DJs to join the cast and
crew for free!
"Jenny, a young woman, seems to run through the forest
aimlessly. A passing car stops and its driver helps her. The
girl is pretty beaten up and speechless.. Then the story leaps
back in time. In light of their initiation, two groups of
sophomore students are dropped in the forest. Among them is
Jenny. With a minimum of supplies they have to find their
way back to the civilized world. What they don't know is that
a strange disease is being spread in this civilized world.
Not just a common 'flu, but a terrible virus that's infecting
everyone in a rapid pace. A side effect is that it unleashes
all evil in human beings. The students are facing hardships
as well; slowly they start to realize what's going on and
what started as an innocent adventure seems to end in a horrifying
When you consider the film was made for just over $25,000,
you cant help but be surprised by the quality of the result.‘Horizonica’
To's "Triad Election" - US release date
have covered news that Johnnie To's ‘Triad Election
(the sequel to his epic Election) is due for release in New
York April 07. Synopsis: Jimmy (Hong Kong superstar Louis
Koo) is in the running for the coveted post of Triad president.
He faces resistance from his "godfather" Lok (Simon
Yam), who has served his two-year term and makes an increasingly
desperate effort to throw tradition to the wind and maintain
his position. As the power plays escalate, so does the violence...
Election 2 is an uncompromising film; violent, serious, politically
controversial, and spectacularly unsympathetic. It also depends
in large part on the viewer having seen its prequel.
to ‘Wong’ for the pointer.
trailer & poster for – ‘The Host’
very good it looks too. Joon-ho Bong’s mega grossing
blockbuster ‘The Host’ is due to hit France on
the 22nd November. We have turned up the poster and trailer
for the French release, which offers a few new tantalising
glimpses of the monster. Enjoy.
Host' Trailer (windows Media)
pick up - 'Blood on the Tracks'
to the Hollwood Reporter, Rogue Pictures have bought the film
rights to an upcoming vampire comic book titled "Blood
on the Tracks," setting Neill Dela Llana and Ian Gamazon
(pic left) to write and direct the adaptation. Michael Zoumas
is on board to produce via his Zoom Entertainment, while Barry
Levine is producing via his newly formed company Blatant Pictures.
"Blood" revolves around a series of killings in
the New York subway system. While at first it is thought to
be the work of a serial killer, it later is revealed that
the murders are the work of a vampire who has been living
in the tunnels of the city from the days when it was still
New Amsterdam. Agent John Levin, who represents Levine's company,
came up with the initial concept and pitched it to Levine.
Levine was setting up a comic book company named Radical Comics
that also would produce movies via an arm called Blatant Pictures.
He took it to author/comic writer David Tischman, who shares
co-creator credit. Tischman will exec produce.
trailer for 'Cicak-Man' - Malaysia’s first superhero
covered news last month on Malaysia's first superhero ‘Cicak-
Man’. Now the first trailer for the movie has arrived
on Youtube, it has pretty much confirmed what initial reports
hinted at. The film indeed appears to be as camp as a row
of tents. Heavy on the ‘comedy’ we’d do
best to expect more 'Ultraman', than ‘Dark Knight’
this time round.
Man’ Trailer (Youtube)
Horror thriller - 'Pars vite et reviens tard'
translated as ‘Leave quickly, return late’ : ‘Pars
vite et reviens tard’ tells the story of a modern-day
Parisian town crier, who gradually learns that someone is
using him to give cryptic warnings of a plague outbreak in
the city. Synopsis: Paris, year 2000. The police chief
of the Adamsberg district is intrigued by the numerous appearances
of a 4 reversed, painted on the interior doors of various
buildings of the capital. For days, an anonymous customer
has deposited in the post box of the town crier, mysterious
even incomprehensible messages. Sometimes written in French
of the 17th century, sometimes even in Latin. The advertisements
become increasingly cold in the dark. To what plague so terrible
that anyone hardly dares to murmur its name, do the obscure
messages refer? Should they be taken seriously or are they
simply the work of a madman? There is a teaser to watch
over at the films official site. No english subs as yet but
we are on the hunt for one.
vite et reviens tard’ (Official
full trailer for William Friedkin's - 'Bug'
first full trailer for 'Bug’ directed by the mastermind
behind 'The Exorcist' William Friedkin is now available to
see on the films website. It goes further to confirm this
will be a very different horror experience, to what we are
used to from Friedkin.
poster for festive slasher - 'Black Christmas'?
it may be the season to be jolly, but what may be the first
poster for director Glen Morgan’s remake of the 1974
slasher ‘Black Christmas’ tends to give you the
impression it will be anything but. Plot Outline: A group
of sorority sisters find themselves being harassed by a stranger
with menacing phone-calls and begin to die, one by one on
Christmas Break. The film from 2929
entertainment premieres in the U.S. on Christmas day.
Films takes Colombian horror pic - 'Espectro'
sales outfit Lumina Films has picked up worldwide rights to
Colombian horror movie 'Espectro.' The movie is debut of 28-year-old
writer-director Juan Felipe Orozco is produced by Paloalto
Films. Juan Felipe apparently wrote the script with guidance
from a psychologist, in an attempt to make the film as disturbing
and intense as possible. The story all takes place inside
the apartment of a woman with agoraphobia. Convinced she's
not alone, she sets up cameras to record herself sleeping
and soon she discovers she has a very unwelcome guest. Watching
the trailer you certainly get the sense that Orozco has captured
the claustrophobic atmosphere of a women terrified to leave
her home, yet equally scared to stay and face her unknown
tormentor. 'Espectro' will screen at the upcoming American
Film Market. 'Espectro'
Wong's - 'Possessed'
production house Hock Star Entertainment are soon due to release
a new international horror feature film, ‘Possessed’,
which stars a host of local and international artistes.
The joint venture with Beijing 3 Bros Film & Media Company
will see Kuching-born Bjarne Wong at the helm of the new flick.
He will be directing a cast that includes Korean transsexual
actress-singer Harisu, Amber Chia, Alan Yun, Steve Yap, Smyth
Wong, Peng Peng, Sharifah Amani, Jay Jay, Sean Lee, Angel
Yeoh and Chef Ismail.
Born in China, Amber and her sister, Lisu are expanding their
modeling and singing careers in Malaysia when Amber suddenly
falls into a coma while Lisu goes missing. Amber is sent back
to China for treatment and wakes up 5 months later but has
no recollections of her past. As Amber struggles to regain
her memory, Dino appears, claiming to be her boy friend. Dino
brings her back to Malaysia and tries to help Amber recall
her past. Back in Malaysia, Amber meets Cissie and Bell and
decides to continue her modeling career. However, Amber is
harassed by a secret male fan, experiences nightmares and
decides to search for her missing sister after finding a photo
and video of Lisu and herself. Soon after, strange things
begin to happen and she even has visions of Lisu’s spirit.
Amber’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic and strange
after her nightmares become more frequent and violent. During
her search for Lisu, she meets William, who claims to be Lisu’s
ex-boyfriend and also finds video recordings of Lisu. Amber
is obsessed and haunted by the past and gets into a fight
with Dino. During the fight, they both discover something
shocking… When you give up the past and begin a new
life, would you still look back to the past? ...and
if you do rediscover the past; will you be able to live with
Wong is no stranger to the horror genre. He has worked as
an art director and image designer in the film industry for
over 20 years and made his directorial debut last year with
the movie, The Legend of the Red Curse. ‘Possessed’
is set for release in Malaysia and China in November, and
in Korea, Hongkong, Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore soon after.
Proxy' - U.S. site nearing launch
Entertainment’s U.S website for the excellent, dark,
and noir esk Anime ‘Ergo proxy’ is near to going
live, in preparation for its DVD release in the states in
November. For those that missed our original piece back in
May heres a summary of the story :
a world where humans and androids, known as autoraves, live
in relative peace, there exists a domed city named "Romdeau".
Under the implementation of complete management control, it
is a paradise where feelings are literally discarded, and
the governing council dictates the way of life the citizens
should live. But this utopian landscape is soon broken by
a series of mystifying murders. Real Mayar, a female inspector
from the Citizen Information Bureau, along with her autoreiv
partner Iggy, are tasked to solve the murder cases. She is
soon attacked by a creature drawn to her which is neither
human nor android, and learns about the mysterious phenomena
called "Awakening", an event which draws her further
into the case...and to the world beyond the limits of Romdeau."
can check out a new trailer on the U.S. site here.
Until that's fully live there is plenty to see on the original
including a couple of new trailers, minus English subs.
Point picks up Dutch slasher - 'Slaughter night'
news for British Horror fans. U.K. sales outfit High Point
Films has picked up world rights to Dutch slasher pic "Slaughter
Night." Directed by Edwin Visser and Frank van Geloven,
pic will premiere in Pusan, followed by the Toronto After
Dark Festival and will then screen for buyers before the American
Film Market. High Point founder Ronald de Neef, who launched
Italian horror maestro Dario Argento onto the international
market in the 1980s, commented, "What struck us immediately
is just how visually strong the film is, which is ideal for
an international audience."
Night' (Official Site)
site live for stylish Horror - ‘The Unseeable’
in the Thai language at the moment, though I understand there
will be an English version
soon. The main plus to be found on the site
is the trailer, now available in a lovely crisp downloadable
Quicktime version. [Source]
Unseeable’ (Official Site)
of the Himalayas' - Movie poster & teaser trailer
official movie poster and first teaser trailer have turned
of the Himalayas' over at Sina.
It's looks great but is all too brief, so don't blink or you
will miss it. For viewing it I'd suggest you click the small
right hand tick box on the player, for low band resolution.
Not ideal, but the stream glitches big time on high quality.
of the Himalayas' Teaser
HK Crime film - 'Undercover operation'
new Hong Kong gangster flick "Undercover operation"
will hit Chinese cinemas on October 13. Based on real life
stories, the film breaks the mould for gangster movies by
telling the stories of hundreds of undercover cops who work
to split the criminal gangs up.
plot: Set in the darkened world of crime ruled by the
various triad societies dominating every illegal business
in Hong Kong. THE MOB is the most powerful and notorious gang
member lead by Jim (Eric Tsang), Walter (Francis Ng), Tommy
(Chi-Lam) and Fei (Jordan Chan). The
police force headed by Inspector Wai (Miu Kiu-Wai) is consistently
monitoring the group’s activities. He launches Operation
Crouching Tiger by sending over 1000 undercover cops hoping
to infiltrate the whole organization. Aware of the situation,
THE MOB realizes that these undercover cops could mean serious
trouble. On the other hand, unless there are members who dare
to bear witness against the MOB and no matter how many undercover
cops Inspector Wai has inside THE MOB, he could never crush
Producer Wong Jing, and directors Wang Guangli and Marco Mak,
attended a brief premiere with the cast members in Beijing
on Monday. [Source]
operation' Trailer (Windows media)
changes its Oscar choice
is the difference between a replacement and being dropped?
Not much, it seems, when it comes to the odd affair of how
"Invisible Waves" is no longer Thailand's foreign-language
last month announced noirish thriller "Invisible Waves"
as its national champion, the Federation of National Film
Assn. of Thailand announced Friday that "Ahimsa Stop
to Run" would be submitted to AMPAS instead.
is a dramedy about a young man who is tormented by visions
of the future, helmed by Kittikorn Leosakun ("Saving
Private Tootsie") and produced by RS Productions. The
change came as a surprise to the producers, sales agent and
Palm Pictures, the U.S. distributor of "Invisible Waves."
had already begun promoting the film as the Thailand candidate
ahead of a release in early 2007 and was making arrangements
for the Academy's foreign-language voting members to screen
didn't replace 'Invisible Waves' with 'Ahimsa,' " a spokesman
for the federation said. "Because of a very short lead
time in transporting the print to the U.S., we were concerned
that we would miss the deadline and decided to submit another
film to the Oscar committee instead."
Academy will not comment on a country's entry until it puts
out a complete list, according to an AMPAS spokeswoman. "A
country's announcement of a title doesn't mean that it is
the movie that was submitted", she said. "As soon
as the federation made it known to us that the film would
represent Thailand, we immediately arranged the transport
of the print through (agent) Fortissimo Films," said
Five Star productions executive Aphiradee "Amy"
Iamphungphorn. "If the federation hadn't announced in
the first place that 'Invisible Waves' would be the nominee,
we wouldn't be so upset." Strange goings on indeed. [Source]
for Oxide Pangs - 'Diary'
is a much fuller synopsis for Oxide Pang's upcoming film 'Diary'.:
Winnie (Charlene Choi) has become very disturbed and depressed
after her boyfriend, Seth broke off with her. She became schizophrenic,
imagining things that never happen, and often lives in her
own world. One day, she met a guy named Ray (Shawn Yue), who
resembled her ex-boyfriend very much. Seeing this, Yvonne
(Winnie’s best friend) encouraged her to start going
out with Hou so she can forget her misery and start over a
new life. So, Winnie and Ray started seeing each other and
soon became a couple. One thing Winnie realised is that the
courting was the same as her previous experience. Every other
little thing that Ray and she do together seems to be a recollection
of her previous relationship with Seth. And as things go smoothly,
Winnie realises that even this time around, her relationship
with Ray has turned sour as with her last. She began to feel
that Ray’s heart is changing and seems to have fall
out of love with her. Was her past relationship affecting
her now? Was this her imagination or was this really happening
again? Do they all exist in the first place…
Delivered soon from Thailand - 'The Letters of Death'
just in on another Thai horror flick, ‘The letters of
Death’. Not a great amount of detail on the story as
yet, except a suitably cryptic synopsis from the films production
site: What happens when a former sixth grade student who
lived with vengeance came back to take his revenge. The answer
of the quiz must be revealed before time runs out! Is there
probably no answer for this quiz? And if so the only thing
left is the death of everyone? Along with that, we have
found some even more cryptic trailers which you can see here.
These look like they are early rough promo cuts, that will
probally be going onto the movies official site once they're
finished. Until then they will certainly give you a good idea
of what's to come.
letters of Death’ (Official
of the Himalaya's', Another Hamlet Inspired Movie from China
would appear that ‘The Banquet’ is not the only
Chinese film inspired by Hamlet. "Prince of Himalaya"
is another Chinese production based on the famous tragedy
by William Shakespeare. Set in the ancient Tibet, "Prince
of Himalaya" is actually closer to the original story
than ‘The Banquet’ does. Co-written and directed
by US-based Chinese filmmaker Sherwood Hu (Lanling Wang),
it is shot in Tibet with a full Tibetan cast, speaking Tibetan
throughout the film. The prince is played by first-time young
actor Pubajia, who was discovered by the director at a bar
in Jiuzhaigou, located in the southwestern Chinese province
of Sichuan. Director Hu later sent Pubajia to Shanghai Theater
Academy and paid his tuition. Last month Pubajia became the
winner of "My Hero", a boy only American Idol-like
TV Show in China. The cinematography was done by Hou Yong
(Jasmine Women (as the director), Hero, The Road Home, The
Horse Thief). [Source]
of Himalaya' (Stills)
time: An update on - 'Plane Dead'
indeed, every so often we like to take a turn around the world
of U.S. B-Horror. This time it’s ‘Plane dead’.
We did actually cover the film back on April
6th where you can read the synopsis for the movie. Originally
there was only ever a teaser trailer for the film, and when
the official site disappeared we had assumed the project had
been canned. But no, it’s back! With a new site and
a full trailer for your viewing pleasure. 'Plane Dead's' premiere
screening will be at the American Film Market on November
- Announces lineup for Horrorthon 2006
in its ninth year, the line-up is all in place for the Horrorthon
Film Festival which takes place this year from Thursday 26th
October through to Monday 30th October at the Irish Film Institute
in Dublin. Lamberto
Bava will be in one of the special guests and introducing
his new film 'The Torturer' .There will also be a screening
of his 1985 movie Demons, and he will take part in a public
discussion with on the Sunday morning. There are also some
Irish premieres of big Horror names (The Host, Frostbite and
Pan’s Labyrinth). Retro screenings include Poltergeist,
Friday the 13th Part 2, Pet Sematary and a new director’s
cut of Darklands. Another plus - screenings of seven new Masters
of Horror episodes from such directors as Dario Argento, John
Carpenter, John Landis and Tobe Hooper. You can check out
the full lineup on the Irish film institutes website here.
- 'The Blue Wolf'
new film from Haruki (the producer of ‘Yamato’)
Kadokawa is to be ‘Aoki Ookami - Chi Hate Umi Tsukiru
Made’, which translates to: ‘The Blue Wolf: To
the Ends of the Earth and Sea’. Directed by Shinichiro
Sawai, and starring Takashi Sorimachi as the Mongol leader,
the film is set to be an epic retelling of the life of Genghis
Khan, from his birth to his conquest of most of Asia. While
I cant attest to exactly how historically accurate a Japanese
account of the Mongol leaders life history will be, it does
look like it will be a sumptuous piece of cinema.
Blue Wolf' (Official
subbed trailer for - 'The unseeable'
director Wisit Sasanatieng, creator of ‘Tears of the
Black Tiger’ and ‘Citizen Dog’ comes his
new film ‘The Unseeable’. Synopsis: A young
pregnant woman Nuan-chan ventures to Bangkok in 1934 looking
for her husband. She stays in the house of a wealthy widow
Run-juan who, it's rumored, still sleeps with her dead husband.
The film is due to be screened at the American
film market this November.
Unseeable’ Trailer (Embedded)
Spain - '6 Films to keep you awake'
soon from Spains Filmax Studios is a package of 6 Films old
and new, directed by some of the most important and recognized
Spanish Genre Directors. You can see a few stills
from several of the movies here
“THE BABY’S ROOM” By ALEX DE LA IGLESIA
(Perdita Durango, The Day of the Beast) …“Would
you sleep if something were cradling your baby next door?”
“THE CHRISTMAS TALE” By PACO PLAZA (Romasanta,
The Werewolf Hunt, Second Name)
…“Would you sleep nine feet under?”
By CHICHO IBAÑEZ SERRADOR (Stories to Keep you Awake,
TV 1969) …“Would you sleep if you could hear noises
from the room upstairs?”
“SPECTRE” By MATEO GIL Amenabar co-writer
(Nobody knows Anybody) …”Would you sleep with
your lover if she had come back from the Other Side?”
“A REAL FRIEND” By ENRIQUE URBIZU
(Box 507) …”Would you sleep in a coffin?”
PRODUCTION - “TO LET” By JAUME BALAGUERO
(Darkness, The Nameless, Fragile)
…”Would you sleep if your landlady had all the
- 'The Passion'
from Thailand is the survival horror ‘The Passion’.
Synopsis: One night at a cinema in town, after catching
the last movie of the evening, Praew, an attractive girl is
struggling to escape from Chai, a stranger who attempts to
assault her in a restroom. Chai is actually the head of security
for the huge entertainment complex, and has been obsessively
watching Praew’s every move from his security monitors.
Luckily, Koa, an usher of the cinema comes to save her in
time. As they run to escape, Chai commands his guards to seal
the complex. The chase is on to hunt her down. There
is an official site, but at the moment there is only a title
page. We have however tracked down a full trailer for you
to check out. The film opens in Thailand on October 19th.
Passion' Trailer (Youtube)
Miyazaki starts new project
to Variety, Hayao Miyazaki has started production on his latest
as-yet-untitled animated film, according to Miyazaki's Studio
Ghibli. Release is scheduled for summer 2008 -- four years
after the his last feature, 2004's "Howl's Moving Castle,"
which grossed $170 million in Japan alone. International sales
company and local distribution have yet to be announced, though
Toho has handled all of Miyazaki's recent movies. Studio Ghibli,
which has produced every Miyazaki films since 1985, is releasing
only the odd tidbit about the new pic, such as the July excursion
of Miyazaki and his main staff to scout locations in Kobe,
a port on Japan's Inland Sea, and Miyazaki's use of watercolors
for his storyboards a departure from his B&W norm.
poster, and trailer for Oxide Pangs - 'Diary'
directed by Oxide Pang, is a psychological thriller about
a young woman who confuses past and present relationships
in a reality-twisted plot that ultimately leads to a confrontation
with the truth. [Source]
Kong cinema release for Thai Ghost story - 'Dorm'
Songyos Sugmakanan’s Ghost story ‘Dorm’
is set to get a Hong Kong cinema release on October 19th.
The story revolves around a Thai boy Chatree (Charlie Trairattana)
who is sent to boarding school by his parents, against his
wishes. Despite being the social outcast, and a recluse, Chatree
befriends another pupil, Wichien (Sirarath Jianthaworn). They
become fast friends, but Wichien has a deep dark secret and
at 6pm everyday, he mysteriously disappears.The release is
of course good news for film goers in Hong Kong. But its also
possibly great news for those of us still waiting to see the
film on DVD with English (the Thai disc unusually had none)
subtitles. With a release in theatres in HK, that ‘should’
greatly increase the chances of the film being picked up by
a Hong kong distributor, who almost always provide English
subs on DVDs.
DVD updates online
out what's caught our eye from this months new dvd releases
Chicago - 'Death Walks the Streets'
seems that cop/crime movies with an occult twist are very
much in vogue at the moment. Another upcoming film in the
genre is ‘Death walks the streets’. Said to be
the first chapter in a new trilogy of films blending action
and drama into a rich world of crime and horror. The filmmakers
on their story along the way, starting with the development
of the script in 2004, through the exhaustive 15-month development
process, and into filming.
Michael Labou (Christian Kane) always wanted to live a
simple, normal life--a hard task to achieve when you are born
into a family with ties to "The Organization". With
dreams of starting over with a clean slate, Michael is released
from prison and offered a chance for redemption in the eyes
of The Organization. If he can complete one final assignment,
his obligation to this surrogate family will be fulfilled
and he can move on to right the wrongs of his past. With lifelong
friends Danielle and Malcolm at his side, Michael soon finds
himself in the possession of a mysterious artifact that holds
a power so great that everyone and everything wants it. Everyone
but him... From the city of Chicago to the rural fields of
Illinois, hell breaks loose as the bonds of family, friendship,
and loyalty are put to the test in a modern classic tale of
Evil vs. Evil vs. Evil--and at the center of the struggle,
Michael Labou must overcome them all and do what is right.
Budgeted at over $10 million, the seven week shoot began in
Chicago at the end of July. FX will be done by Precinct 13
Entertainment ("The Devil's Rejects," "Hostel")
and John Roome from The Orb has signed on to do the original
score. Matt Pletcher is producing. For more info you can check
out the 'Death
Walks the Streets' (Official