- June 08
J-Horror ‘Exte: Hairy Extensions': DVD Giveaway
have another great DVD giveaway! Sion Sono’s J-Horror
‘Exte: Hairy Extensions’ is being released through
Revolver films, and we have three copies up for grabs. The
giveaway is open to all, but please be aware that these are
region 2 discs. The comp runs until July 14th, after which
3 winners names will be picked at random. To enter, send us
an email to the address on our contact
page, with your name and the title "EXTE DVD"
in the subject field. Thats all there is too it, good luck!
our review of EXTE here
Thai poster for 'The Coffin'
playing catch-up with their Korean (who are releasing the
film first) counterparts, the Thai marketing campaign for
the new Thai horror 'The Coffin' has been kicked
up a notch, with the appearance of a new (suitably bloody)
for the film online. More details on the production can found
down the page, in our post dated June 15th.
R2 DVD: Review
(2007) Director - Xavier Gens
R2 DVD (Optimum Releasing) Reviewed by: Darren Cenerini.
a few years now, Asian horror films have been the only horror
films worth watching (besides the old classics), in all honesty.
Stuff like Ringu, Suicide Circle and Shutter were constantly
pushing the bar on what was actually frightening to me nowadays.
Then it took a turn for the worse and the previously mentioned
"Sadako Syndrome" kicked in. Suddenly every horror
film in existence had to have a female ghost with long black
hair obscuring her facial features. A lull had come over the
films I adored so. And then something wondrous happened, and
it's name was Alex Aja. A director from France, Alex Aja unleashed
Haute Tension (High Tension, AKA Razorblade Romance) and a
remake of Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes in the recent past.
Both were terrifying new visions of the slasher film, films
that were as dark and gritty as they were blood soaked and
deranged. Not a bad thing in the slightest, it was high time
for the old '70's and '80's balls to the walls horror movies
to resurface, the "Video Nasties", as it were. Aja
then started to inspire other French directors, one being
Xavier Gens who then let loose a film so violent and filled
with homages to the slasher of old, I couldn't help but sit
there and smile as my screen turned red.....Read
the full review here.
the DVD here
trailer for J-Horror 'Ikigami' (aka Death Notice)
full length trailer is now available to see on the newly updated
official site for Tomoyuki Takimoto’s J-horror, ‘Ikigami
(Death Notice).’ Based on the manga series created by
Motoro Mase, the film tells the tale of a future Japan run
by a government determined that citizens should have “productive”
identified as unproductive are randomly selected for death
and issued ‘ikigami’ (Death Notice). The period
of notice, just 24 hours. The film will follow the story of
some of the victims, but also that of Matsuda, whose grim
and reluctant task it is to deliver the Ikigami. A cheery
tale then! Ikigami opens in Japan in September.
Century Boys' Theatrical poster
The Theatrical poster for the live action version of '20th
Century Boys' directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi (Sword of Alexander)
has appeared on line. Its very nice and all, but we have one
small gripe - its missing the giant killer robots! I
guess for that, we shall just gave to be patient. For more
background information on the film, including the synopsis
and teaser posters, check our earlier posts on April 20th
Century Boys (Official site)
Of The Dead' R2 DVD: Review
of the Dead (2007) Director - George Romero
R2 DVD (Optimum Releasing) Reviewed by: Darren Cenerini
I'm an enormous fan of Asian cinema in every aspect, my other
great love in the cinematic world are horror films both good
and bad from across the globe. My favorite type of horror
film has to be a good old fashioned zombie movie, and apart
from the legendary Versus, I strongly feel there has yet to
be a great Asian zombie film. Sure, there's plenty of good
ones (Junk, Wild Zero, to name a few) but they just don't
stack up to films such as the original Dawn of the Dead. Speaking
of which, the director of most of the widely recognized zombie
films, George Romero, maybe you've heard of him, has just
recently unleashed his newest vision of the genre which he
helped create. This time instead of continuing his long running
"of the Dead" series he chooses to write a film
that takes place when the outbreak first occurs, so roughly
around the exact moment Johnny is murdered in the cemetery
in Night of the Living Dead. So, has Romero managed to again
make a compelling piece of film with social commentary padding
the very premise of the story? Or is it a repeat of the gut-wrenchingly
awful Land of the Dead?.....Read
the full review here
Official UK Website
on set photos for ‘The Storm Riders II’
A ton of new on set photos have emerged for
‘The Storm Riders II.’ Danny & Oxide Pang’s
(Bangkok Dangerous) the live action sequel to 1998 martial
arts fantasy 'The Storm Riders.’ Special FX for the
flick are to be created by Fat Face, the Hong Kong effects
house that did the amazing work on the previous Pang bros
talent on the sequel will include art director Yee Chung Man
(Curse Of The Golden Flower) & action director Choi Shing
(Bichunmoo). The same cast as the first pic - Aaron Kwok and
Ekin Cheng - also returns for the film. All in all its looking
like we will have a real treat in store. Lensing on the project
started in March 20008, aiming for a release in Oct 09. Great
Check out the stills here
Chungeorahm announces Chinese sequel to 'The Host'?
movie house Chungeorahm films, Producer of Bong Joon-ho's
hit horror 'The Host' have announced a Chinese version
of the sequel will be made. Completely seperate to the Korean
'The Host 2,' the film will feature Chinese actors and be
in Chinese. Director Ning Hao's Stoneman Films will front
the project, with a release date due sometime late in 2009.
R1 DVD now available
American audiences can now purchase the Academy Award nominated
animated feature Persepolis for their DVD players. Co-directed
and written by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi, the
French language film tells the story of the Iranian Revolution
and its effects on a middle class family. Related through
the perspective of Satrapi herself growing up during the turbulant
period, Persepolis begins just prior to the overthrow of the
government. Hopes of political freedom from the Shah, however,
quickly become dashed once the Islamic regime becomes increasingly
authoritarian. Based on Marjane Satrapi's own graphic novel,
her debut movie won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival
and has been hailed by critics as one of the best films of
for 'Hard Revenge Milly' AND 'The Masked Girl'
A first trailer has appeared for Japanese ultra violent revenge
pic 'Hard Revenge Milly' and our discovery has also answered
a question that's been puzzling us for some time. Why the
films run time was listed at only 44 mins? The answer - It's
part of a double bill! 'Hard Revenge Milly' will be followed
up by mini skirt wearing, high school girl action fight em
up - 'The Masked Girl.' A double bill action fest, of death
dealing femme fatales. It doesn't get much better than that.
The film opens in Japan in August.
Revenge/Masked Girl trailer
Revenge/Masked Girl Website
Japanese revenge pic 'Madame O': DVD Review
O: Director - Seiichi Fukuda
R1 DVD: Review by - Pete Higgins
O” is not your average female-revenge flick. For one
thing, its sedate pace (it was made in 1967) takes some getting
used to. For another, its languid, poised, quietly beautiful
heroine is hardly the stuff of modern J-horror. And, for yet
another, the unrelenting gaze with which it observes some
pretty disturbing goings-on is brutally effective.
plot, for what it’s worth, is your average female revenge-flick:
Madame O, a successful gynaecologist, was gang-raped on the
beach that summer, and now she picks up guys in bars, sleeps
with them, and kills them. Pretty standard stuff, right? Not
this time. Prepare yourself for a film that packs a real emotional
The star, Michiko Sakyô, is in practically every scene,
and she brings a truly mesmerising quality to her role, going
about her business with a steely determination that’s
never less than compelling. Whether she’s injecting
her sleeping lover with some unnamed substance, or just driving
home from work, you can’t take your eyes off her for
a second. As the film progresses and things get really far
out, you might want to stop looking, but resistance, as they
say, is futile.
Switching, seemingly at random, between colour and black-and-white,
“Madame O” is quite unlike any other film I’ve
ever seen. Perhaps it’s just that I haven’t seen
many Japanese films from the sixties. Anyway, even in its
dubbed version, this is a film worth tracking down, because
no amount of dubbing can detract from the superb cinematography
and the film’s stately but hypnotic progress. And then
there’s the surprising subtlety of the sex scenes, which,
like those in “Lust, Caution” actually advance
the plot and teach you something about the people involved,
rather than just spicing things up. Yes, whatever it takes
to make a cult classic, “Madame O” has got it.
trailer for indy fantasy Horror 'Another Day In Hell'
at 24frames we get wind of a fair few independent movie productions.
Some bad, some good and every once in a while, we get what
could be a real gem turn up. Enter stage left the very promising
teaser trailer for fantasy horror ‘Another Day In Hell.’
Written and Directed By S.Kane the film stars Monique Ganderton;
Rowan Tichenor; Kaycee Camp and Shea Hobson. According to
the movies production company Courtesan films, the project
is to start the festival circuit over the next 6 months. This
one we'll keep an eye on, thats for sure.
Plot Outline: Set in a radical re-interpretation of the traditional
concept of Hell, a group of revolutionaries "kidnap"
the soul of the angel of death in order for the inhabitants
of Hell to die again and leave. Throughout the course of the
day opposing forces struggle to contain or spread news of
'Red Cliff' posters
in case we haven't had enough, another slew of suitably epic
looking character posters are out for John Woo's period action
movie, 'Red Cliff.' The film will have its world premiere,
for 'Queens of Langkasuka'
it to you first. The official site for Thai mega budget fantasy
of Langkasuka' has just come online. What treats are there
to see? Well so far theres only the full length theatrical
trailer - but far higher resolution than seen before. All
we can say is.....Wow!
been going on about this movie long enough that you should
know the background story to the pic. But for those that missed
them first time around, you can check out all our earliers
stories, posted on: August
19th and May
of Langkasuka (Official Site)
Zombie horror 'Guard Post 506' on English subtitled DVD
news, Korean Zombie horror GP506 is up for order on English
subtitled DVD. One of the few local frighteners to come out
of the country this year the film is Writer/director Kong
Su Chang's 2nd feature following his acclaimed horror R-Point,
the highest-grossing Korean horror film of 2004. His new military
horror revolves around the mysterious mass killing of an entire
squad of soldiers stationed at Guard Post 506 inside the demilitarized
Plot: Sergeant major Noh Seong Gyu (Cheon Ho Jin) gets the
most disturbing call of his life. An entire squad of 21 soldiers
from Guard Point 506 has been massacred except for one who
is in a state of deep coma. 21 military investigators including
sergeant Noh are sent to the crime scene where they discover
dead bodies mutilated beyond recognition with no signs of
outside attack. With the torrential rain blocking all paths
to the base, the team find themselves trapped inside the bloodbath.
Noh's task is to solve the case in just ten hours and bring
back the body of first lieutenant Yoo Jeong Woo (Cho Hyun
Jae), the son of the army chief. First believed to be one
of the dead, they soon discover that lieutenant Yoo is missing
in action, which brings the total number of corpses down to
19. When the search team find their visibly perturbed missing
man, fingers point to him as the prime suspect. But Noh is
convinced there's more to this case than meets the eye. What
he doesn't know yet is that something horrific is heading
Post 506 Trailers
'The Mutant Chronicles' poster
Simon Hunter’s film adaptation of the 'The Mutant Chronicles'
has been knocking around in post production and festival (garnering
very mixed reviews) circuits for what seems like forever.
Now with the appearance of this first U.S. theatrical poster,
could it mean they are finally preparing to actually start
marketing the film for release? They haven't exactly rushed
so far. Which has us wondering why.
Set in the distant future when the Earth is no longer inhabitable
and the Megacorporations have banded together to control the
remaining planets and their moons. When an alien force of
undead Necromutants known as the Dark Legion prepares to attack
the inhabited Mars, the Megacorporations assemble a band of
warriors to destroy the warlord Alakhai. Together they return
to Earth, infiltrate Alakhai's gothic Citadel, and attempt
to reduce it to rubble.
Chronicles (Official Site)
(‘Whispering Corridors 4') on R1 DVD
somewhat misrepresentative and over the top cover art to one
side - Korean horror ‘Voice’ (aka Ghost Voice’)
is to get a R1 DVD release through Genius products. The fourth
(and very possibly the silliest) in the series that began
with 1998 classic ‘Whispering Corridor,’ is directed
by Choi Ik-hwan, who worked as assistant director on the first
Young Eon (Kim Ok Bin), a timid high school student dies mysteriously
while singing in the school's music room. But even in death,
Young Eon's voice continues to be heard by her best friend,
Sun Min (Seo Ji Hye). Although startled by this supernatural
development, Sun Min adapts rather quickly to the situation
and tries to uncover the reasons for her friend's untimely
demise. But Sun Min's absolute faith in her dearly departed
friend is soon shaken when a plague of mysterious deaths start
to occur on campus! Are these murders Young Eun's doing? Or
could the culprit be someone far more sinister?
Features: Behind The Scenes - Trailers
Quite Hollywood': The untold story of OZPLOITATION cinema
writer/director Mark Hartley comes 'Not Quite Hollywood.'
"Jam packed full of outrageous anecdotes, lessons in
maverick filmmaking, a liberal smattering of international
names (including Ozploitation devotee Quentin Tarantino) &
a genuine, infectious love of Aussie movies, 'Not Quite Hollywood'
is a fast moving journey through Australian genre cinema of
the '70s and early '80s A perhaps forgotten cinematic era
unashamedly packed full of boobs, tubes? gore and kung fu."
Sounds just about perfect to us!
Quite Hollywood (Official
first trailer for 'The Coffin'
Further to our story a couple of days ago on new Thai horror
'The Coffin,' now we are first to turn up the films official
site. Within is a great looking trailer, oozing with all the
ingredients of a great horror - Atmosphere and creepy visuals
Sono’s ‘Exte: Hair Extensions’:
Hair Extensions (Ekusute) (2007) Director - Sion Sono
Reviewed by: Darren Cenerini
one thinks of Asian horror films, one can't help but think
of the many films in recent years that have suffered from
"Sadako Syndrome", by which I mean the abundance
of horror films whose villain is a long haired, female spectre
with malicious intentions. Luckily for us, prolific director
Sion Sono has noticed this trend (and how ridiculous it is)
and wishes to turn it on its head; by making a horror film
dealing entirely with long black hair.
follows the story of Yuko (Chiaki Kuriyama), a wannabe hair
stylist who spends all her waking hours practicing her techniques,
speaking in a phony dramatic style with her co-workers, and
putting up with a lot of stress caused by her half-sister,
Kiyomi. Kiyomi is incredibly irresponsible and both neglects
and abuses her daughter, Mami. One day after Yuko leaves for
work, Kiyomi drops Mami off at Yuko's home and leaves to go
hang out in a seedy bar. Yuko now has to try to undo the psychological
damage that Kiyomi has inflicted on Mami, while she works
and studies for her stylist exam. While this is happening,
the corpse of a young female has been found in a shipping
crate full of hair. The body is brought to the morgue and
is quickly stolen by a psychotic worker with an extreme hair
fetish named Yamazaki (Ren Osugi). Yamazaki has discovered
that the corpse can grow hair at an alarming rate, and wanting
to give the people of Japan beautiful hair, he begins to cut
it and give it to hair salons to use as extensions. Unfortunately
for anyone who has the extensions put in, the young woman
who's hair they're receiving was brutally murdered and her
rage lives on through her hair!
were any other director, I honestly feel this film would not
have worked. Sono puts his unique flair into the whole story
and once again makes a film that is both incredibly stylish
and unnerving from the very moment it begins....Read
the full review here
character posters and a ton of stills from 'Painted Skin'
new character posters and over 100 stills from Donnie Yen's
new historical action horror movie 'Painted Skin' were apparently
released on Sunday, during the 11th Shanghai International
Film Festival. KFCC
managed to track down all three posters and about 40 of the
pics and we have to say the movie is looking stunning. Check
them all out from the links below.
Vestiel's 'Eden Log' up for pre-order on R2 DVD
Vestiel's dark sci-fi horror ‘Eden Log' is finally to
DVD - with an R2 release via Momentum
Pictures, in July. The films stars Clovis Cornillac &
Vimala Pon. Those in the U.S. and Canada eager to see the
movie may be in for quite a wait. Magnet releasing the genre
arm of Magnolia Pictures have acquired the North American
rights, but as
yet no release date has been announced.
Tolbiac (Cornillac) wakes up naked, disorientated and lost
in a dark cave deep below ground. He's cold, hurt, and has
no idea what brought him there, or what happened to the dead
man lying next to him. Surrounded by the ruins of an underground
world and with only the faintest light source to guide him,
Tolbiac attempts to recover his lost memory as he struggles
to reach the surface. His journey takes him through a labyrinthine
network of tunnels and abandoned laboratories, where he discovers
he is not the only one trapped in this tomb-like underworld.
Pursued by ravenous mutants and evil phantoms, he eventually
meets a woman who may provide the clue to his identity, while
all along the way he is confronted by evidence of a mysterious
organisation known as Eden Log.
Log English language teaser trail
'The Coffin' opens in Korea
anticipated around these parts, it would appear that upcoming
Thai Horror 'The Coffin' will actually open first in Korea!?
Last month we reported that Korean disributors had been Cherry
picking the best of older Thai frighteners to fill the gaps
in their summer horror movie release scedules. Now it seems
they are going after all the latest films too. You'll hear
no complaints from us about that though. A Korean release
should guarantee a quality English subtitled DVD,
by Ekachai Uekrongtham (Beautiful Boxer), the film stars Karen
Mok (So Close) and Ananda Everingham, male lead of the Thai
international horror hit, ‘Shutter.’ Inspired
by a true Thai ritual of lying in coffins to cheat death and
get rid of bad luck, ‘The Coffin’ is a supernatural
thriller about a man and woman who are confronted by a series
of paranormal and terrifying incidents after going through
the bizarre ritual. ‘The Coffin’ opens in Korea,
“Chris is an average Thai-Chinese guy living in Sydney.
Following the Thai custom to cheat death and rid oneself of
bad luck he agrees to a bizarre dare at a party, to lie in
a coffin for a whole night. As the lid is nailed shut and
claustrophobia strikes he soon feels short of breathe, But
as the Coffin suddenly shakes violently he soon realizes that
claustrophobia is the least of the terrors awaiting him.”
Upcoming Australian horror 'The Fury'
Australian horror films are still quite a rare beast, but
we have just had news in of a promising looking new project
'The Fury, ' directed by Ian Colmer. His first time in the
big chair, Colmer has worked on the likes of Superman Returns,
House of Wax and See no Evil. Ian Thorburn is also on board
as Director of Photography whose past work includes Mission
impossible 2, Ghost Ship and Pitch Black. The pic stars Erica
Leerhsen, Patrick Nuo, Holly Brisley, August Lacore, Sam Lawson.
With a production pedigree like that, we could be in for good
things. There is no trailer as yet, but there are some great
looking stills to be seen on the films official site. Still
in production the movie opens in Australia and the U.S. in
the new year.
5 teenagers take shelter in an abandoned slaughter house rumoured
to be haunted by a malevolent poltergeist. Overcome by an
incredible rage, one of them seeks to destroy the others...
Fury (Official site)
action ‘Blood: The Last Vampire’ still on for
dates for this production are going back an forth like a fiddlers
elbow! Last month we had read that French backer of the film
Pathé had pushed the released back to 2009. But
now, according to Jun Ji Hyun's (pic left) Management Agency
Sidus HQ 'Blood' will be released in 2008, via Universal
Studios. "Its being planned to be released around September.
We are certain that it will be released this year," a
Sidus HQ representative announced. "A fixed American
release date will be decided around June or July," the
rep explained. "After its release, she will decide on
her next project. She's currently looking at a couple of scripts."
This is great news if true, but after all the rumours and
date changes recently, we will take this latest annoucement
with a LARGE pinch of salt. Source
trailer for 'Death Race'
shouldn't want to see it but we do. The first theatrical trailer
for Paul Andersons remake of the 70's classic 'Death Race'
has arrived. So far its looking pretty good (in that ridiculously
over the top but without much sense of irony kind of way,
that Anderson manages so well) and we did have have fun spotting
some of the scenes and dialog seemingly "inspired"
from other prison & sci-fi movies. Jason Statham also
delivery the goods on the mean and moody front, as only he
can. You can find the links to all the versions (Std &
HD formats) of the trailer, on the pics official site.
Midnight Movies present: Sion Sono’s ‘Exte: Hair
We are huge fans of director Sion Sono's work around these
parts, so we thought this well worth a mention. On June 27th
U.K indy Cinema chain Curzon are planning an exclusive midnight
preview of Sion Sono’s superbly satirical & at times
extremely dark J-horror, ‘Exte: Hair Extensions.’
Screening at their Soho theatre in London the films stars
Chiaki Kuriyama (Kill Bill, Battle Royale) as Yuko, a budding
hair stylist who is unaware that the hair extensions she uses
on her clients are actually cursed...and out for revenge.
party starts from arond 9.30pm, with radical hairstyles, cool
wigs and if you dare…extensions positively encouraged.
Music will be provided by Amanda Palmer from THE DRESDEN DOLLS,
who will be spinning the discs in the DJ booth before the
main event. Tickets are on sale now: £8 in advance /
£12 on door (Members £7/£10). For full details,
whiz over to the Curzon website here.
- Change the World ' on English subtitled DVD
returns to the big screen in the blockbuster Death Note spin-off
L change the WorLd! Matsuyama Kenichi reprises his fan-favorite
role as the quirky genius detective with a sweet tooth. Directed
by Nakata Hideo of Ring and Dark Water fame, L change the
WorLd revolves around the last 23 days of L's life, shedding
new light into the inner world of the awkward and endearing
prodigy as he embarks on his final adventure.
With only 23 days left to live, L burns the remaining Death
Note and proceeds to work day and night solving as many cases
and consuming as many sweets as possible. One final case is
sent his way in the form of a Thai boy who alone survived
a deadly virus outbreak in his village. L gets another guest
when 12-year-old girl Maki (Fukuda Mayuko, Little DJ) shows
up on the doorstep. Both children are connected to an Ebola-influenza
virus developed by Maki's father which has been stolen by
terrorists. With the terrorists hunting for Maki and threatening
to unleash the virus, L is forced to leave his chair and venture
out into the real world, both children in stow. The days tick
down as L rushes to develop an antidote and catch the terrorists
before time runs out.
- Change the World trailer
Good, The Bad and The Weird' website rides into town
good people at Kung Fu Cult Cinema have posted news that the
website for the Korean "Oriental Western" The Good,
the Bad and the Weird, is now up. Directed by Jiwoon Kim (A
Tale of Two Sisters, A Bittersweet Life), the grandiose homage
to Spaghetti Westerns stars Woosung Jung, Byunghun Lee and
Kangho Song as the Good, the Bad and the Weird respectively.
The story concerns each man searching for secret treasure
in 1930s colonial Manchuria. Along with dealing with each
other, they all have to confront the Imperial Japanese Army
as well as Chinese and Russian bandits throughout their travels.
The movie had its premiere at this year's Cannes Film Festival
and should be released in South Korea in July.
Good, The Bad (Official
Good, The Bad (English subtitled trailer)
poster for Indonesian horror 'Karma'
second poster has just been released for the upcoming horror
movie 'Karma.' It's all still looking good and a might bit
intriguing. For more background on the film and to read a
plot summary, check out our earlier post on April
official site (teaser trail within)
Kon: Beyond Imagination - A series of his work
big hello to new contributor Pablo from the
US of A. First up from him - news of a must see for Anime
fans in NY.
New Yorkers; genius Japanese animator Satoshi Kon will be
visiting the Big Apple as part of a retrospective of his career.
From June 27th-July 1st the Lincoln Center's Film Society
plans on screening Kon's movies, opening with his debut feature
movie Perfect Blue followed by his second, 'Millenium
Actress' being shown on June 27th. Shortly after Kon will
have a post-screening conversation with the audience! Thereafter
Godfathers, Paprika & the entire season of Paranoia
Agent will screened on later dates.
Those are able to make it to see the series should really
try to, especially on the big screen. Kon is an innovative
filmmaker who uses the medium of animation to discuss adult
issues of psychology and metaphysics through eye-popping imagery.
After watching Paprika,
which I consider the best film I saw in 2007, I have since
gone out and seen all of Kon's work. Once discovered, I'm
sure others will gain more appreciation of him. For a full
rundown of screening times, check the Lincoln Center's site
Blueberry Nights: Review
Blueberry Nights (2007) Hong Kong/France. Director: Wong Kar
Wai. R2 DVD. Review: Peter Higgins.
words: “Starring Jude Law and Norah Jones.” 6
words which could strike fear in the hardest of hearts. And
yet…And yet, “My Blueberry Nights,” starring
Jude Law and Norah Jones, is not the car-crash one had every
right to expect.
it’s the director’s fault. Wong
Kar Wai is incapable of making a bad movie. He has proved
in the past that he is very capable of making a frustrating,
confusing, inconsequential and infuriating movie, but a bad
one has so far been beyond him. Would Nora Jones change all
that? Or would it be down to Jude Law – he of the gurning
self-regard so virulent it can turn the most innocuous rom-com
(“The Holiday”, anyone?) into a cinematic abomination?
Casting a singer and an annoying English guy in your first
English-language movie is the kiss of death, isn’t it?
Make that two singers: Chan “Cat Power” Marshall
is in this as well. Along with Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz
and David Strathairn. Let’s face it: there was no way
this was ever going to be any good. And yet…the damn
the full review here
Blueberry Nights (Official
Wig' on DVD
K-Horror classic 'The Wig' is
to finally get a R1 DVD release this month. The movie
is chock full of subtle creepy chills and suspense galore,
with moments of unexpected
and sometimes explosive violence. An
absolute Asian horror classic.
A young woman is discharged from hospital after being treated
for a cancer is seems unlikely she will survive. Having endured
the devastating effects of her treatment, the woman is left
without hair and her sister buyers her a wig, as way of clinging
on to the little dignity she has left. However, it's not long
before her sister begins to suspect that the wig has a sinister
power that is rapidly taking control of her ailing sibling.
the DVD here
Kong theatrical poster and trailer for 'Red Cliff'
the release date of John Woo's uber-budget historical epic
'Red Cliff' less than a month away, Hong Kong Studios marketing
depts are starting to head into overdrive. Latest treats to
arrive are a new theatrical poster and trailer, with scenes
we've not seen before.
'Red Cliff' is now so sprawling in its scope that the film
has had to be split into two parts for its Chinese release.
Whilst outside Asia it looks as though we will have to settle
for a single cut down version. 'Red Cliff' part one opens
in Hong Kong July 10th, with the second half due in December.
trailer for Nicolas Alberny's '8th WONDERLAND'
the intriguing tag line of "how do you fight a country
that doesn't exist?," a new full length trailer for Nicolas
Alberny's futuristic thriller '8th Wonderland' has appeared
the directors Myspace (an intended irony he posted it there,
when you read the synopsis?) page. Repped
though French production house M.A.D films, the movie stars
Geczy, Robert William, Bradford Alain Azerot and Michael Hofland.
Still in production,
the film is due to open in France in September.
Millions of people scattered throughout the world are disappointed
with the way it evolves & decide to unite to improve things.
Through the Internet they create the first virtual nation,
8th WONDERLAND, a starting point of their resistance.
Their common goal: the desire to no longer suffer the television
news without being able to react. Every individual has a chance
to be heard. Each week, all the citizens of 8th WONDERLAND
vote a motion differently by referendum. And if it is adopted,
they are responsible for enforcing in the real world. They
have a line of conduct: to improve things. But what would
happen if the motions of 8th WONDERLAND became gradually reactionary?
There actions becoming more like that of a terrorist, than
responsible law abiding citizen. An intractable problem arises
when the traditional nations realize this new powers threat:
how to capture millions of people scattered all over the world?
How to fight a country that does not exist?
Wonderland (New trailer)
month we reported that Spanish directors Paco Plaza and Jaume
Balaguero were planning a sequel to their highly original
horror hit [REC]. Now, with the film barely a glint in their
eyes, a teaser poster for the production has appeared!
2 will use the same style as the original, with the action
being seen through a handheld camera lens. Cast, budget and
shooting dates have yet to be announced. More as we get it.
eye candy alert - 'The Restless' arrives on R1 DVD
we werent expecting this. Korean director CHO Dong-oh's visual
feast of a martial arts fantasy blockbuster 'The Restless,'
is being released on R1 DVD. Inspired by the Chinese ghost
tale about ‘a warrior that wandered into a haunted village,’
CHO a self-proclaimed ‘fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror film
buff,’ also wrote the script. The pic starring Heo Jun-ho,
Jung Woo-sung & Kim Tae-hee features stunning set pieces,
cinematography and effects. It's like dipping your eyes in
(well sort of) Honey. 'The Restless' goes on sale June 17th.
It is between the 9th ~ 10th century, when turmoil racks the
once great United Shilla Empire, now at the brink of its demise.
Lee Kwak, born with the powers to see spirits, joins the royal
demon hunting squad, ‘Chuh- yongdae’ after losing
his fiancée, Yeon-hwa to evil demons. Lee Kwak excels
as the most talented warrior of Chuhyongdae and the royal
squad seems to gain momentum as powerful fighters against
the forces of darkness. This only aggravates opposition from
the aristocrats who find the supernatural abilities of the
royal squad intimidating not to mention threatening. As such
antagonism reaches its boiling point, the Chuhyongdae decide
to carry out a coup, but when their plot fails, it is not
only their reputation but also their heads they end up losing.
Robbed of his love and now his comrades, sole survivor, LEE
Kwak has no choice but to wander the world as a lonely demon
cult horror 'Alucarda,' retrospective
big howdy to new contributor Sergio who hails
from Mexico. First up from him, a retrospective on the Mexican
cult classic gore horror - 'Alucarda.'
by Juan Carlos Lopez Moctezuma in 1975, Alucarda is an important
reference among Mexican movie goers, one of the reasons is
because of its topics (vampirism, soft lesbianism, gothic
culture and satanic cults). Coming from a country so religious
as Mexico, it gives a curious unusual and Risqu'e vision of
a convent and deals with the forces of evil.
studio Hammer Films and independent Mexican producers financed
the film which received good reviews on the festival circuit,
but as time went by the Mexican film industry forgot this
movie along with other gore and fantastic films, because they
saw erotic cinema as a better chance to make money.
centers on Justine, a young and attractive girl who enters
a convent in which the nuns dress in white pieces of fabric
that gives them the look of a living mummy. There she meets
Alucarda, another attractive girl. Soon they become best friends
and will discover the forces of the dark arts...and that's
when all hell breaks loose...
the full story here
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response and several new members (some already introduced.
Some to come) are already posting. But, there are a few gaps
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the fun. All you'll need is a passion for genre movies and
the ability to write about them well. This is a chance to
share your movie finds and thoughts with other like minded
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Detective (2006) Japan. Director: Shinya Tsukamoto. Review:
Detective is the new film from Shinya Tsukamoto, the twisted
genius who invented the Tetsuo movies. However, unlike those
2 mind-f*cks, Nightmare Detective is surprisingly conventional
and uninspired. Set in an impressively minimalist and blank-looking
Tokyo, the film concerns the efforts of some downtrodden cops
to work out what’s behind a spate of mysterious suicides.
And, while the suicides are genuinely shocking and disturbing,
with more than enough blood and gore flying in all directions,
it soon becomes apparent that the film itself is going to
rely on blood and gore flying in all directions rather than
on a coherent plot to justify its existence.
a gutsy detective played by a sultry oriental version of Mylene
Klass, does her best with an underwritten role, but she’s
not actually given much to do beyond looking sultry and trying
to stay awake. Because if you fall asleep, you see, you could
be in trouble. The suicides, it transpires, are caused by
some seriously f*cked-up guy who crawls into people’s
dreams and causes all sorts of fuss and bother.
for the viewer, is that the people were planning on committing
suicide anyway, so why should we get overly concerned when
the bad guy forces them to, um, commit suicide? Surely it
would be a more interesting film if the bad guy was forcing
people to commit suicide against their will? Anyway, the heroine,
she of the dead-straight hair and the never-changing expression,
hooks up with The Nightmare Detective, a miserable-looking
chap who can get into people’s dreams as well, but uses
this talent as a force for good. I think.
Asian cinema style, the lurid climax manages to mix the ickily
sentimental with the unbelievably depraved. When the monster
– mercifully only glimpsed – finally appears,
it is truly revolting, as far as we can tell. The accompanying
sound-effects, too, are suitably squelchy and moist. Ultimately,
however, Nightmare Detective’s intriguing premise is
rather wasted in this illogical, overlong, excessive (but
somehow not excessive enough) movie.
Forbidden Kingdom' on DVD
to see Jackie Chan fight Jet Li? The Hong Kong edition of
The Forbidden Kingdom the martial arts adventure starring
these two action legends has just been announced for June
13th - meaning you could now pick up a copy at least a month
earlier than the U.S. release! Nice.
the DVD here
trailer for 'The Gene Generation' looks...well...good!
new trailer for Pearry Reginald Teo’s sci-fi ,Cyberpunk,
DNA Hacking action fest starring Bai Ling ‘The Gene
Generation,’ has shown up on the movies Myspace page.
We have to admit to not being wholly impressed with the original
teasers on the official
site, but this version (shown at Marche Du Cannes) is
a far slicker effort. Along side Ms Ling, the flick also stars
Parry Shen, Alec Newman, Faye Dunaway and Michael Shamus.
Word is that Lionsgate have picked up the distribution rights
for the film, so we can expect a release date soon.
Synopsis: In a futuristic world, Michelle lives everyday battling
with DNA Hackers who use their skills to hack into people's
bodies and kill them. She is an assassin, battling her past
demons and trying to keep her younger and extroverted brother,
Jackie, out of trouble. When Jackie gets involved in a petty
crime of robbery, he propels himself into the world of DNA
Hackers, Shylocks (Loan Sharks) and Gang Fights. Wanting the
respect that the world has never given to him only makes it
harder for Jackie to peel himself away from the underground
trades, against the hopes of his sister, Michelle. Michelle
always wanted to leave the city and lead a calm and quiet
lifestyle. As emotions and gunfire get into the way, Michelle
and Jackie soon find themselves battling between their lives
and finding out that in an immoral world, love can still survive.
Blood is thicker than water.
Machine Girl’ arrives in a hail of bullets on R1 DVD
While this post may seem outdated, the splat-happy, revenge
film ‘The Machine Girl’ has not yet appeared on
the shores of 24fps.
director Noboru Iguchi (whose directing career consists mainly
of porn flicks), the Machine Girl is the story of Ami, an
independent schoolgirl who, after her younger brother is murdered
before her eyes, seeks revenge on the Yakuza gang involved.
Following the loss of her arm during the quarrel, Ami has
an 8-barrel machine gun fitted to the now healed remains,
vowing to annihilate all responsible. And thus begins the
tale of The Machine Girl.
Just from the trailer, you can tell that this movie is in
the same league as Tokyo Gore Police, with such highlights
as a man being forced to eat his own fingers, the infamous
"Drill-Bra", and what looks like a someone having
their skin blown off (for those playing at home, see 1:16
in the trailer). Currently, there isn't a great deal of information
available on The Machine Girl opening in many places theatrically,
but it has already been screened at several film festivals
around the world. The Machine Girl hits the shelves in the
U.S today on R1 DVD - Two whole months before its theatrical
debut in Japan.
Maliwan’s action pic 'The Sanctuary' gets trailerized
Wowzer! A first trailer for Martial arts action pic ‘The
Santuary’ starring Ong Bak stuntman Mike B (Brave),
has hit the net. The film - shot in English features the fighting
talents of Gary Daniels (Tekken), Rapeepan Bootthong and Dean
Alexandrou (The Protector). Thanapon Maliwan ( helmer of Brave)
returns to as writer/director of the project which, though
still well into production has already enjoyed pre- sales
to France & Spain.
A young Muay Thai warrior is accused of stealing a holy Emerald
that his master appointed him to protect. Now on the run from
the police, he must retrieve the emerald from the mafia in
order to prove his innocence and return the emerald to its
'MW' adapted for live-action remake
Boy creator Osamu
Tezuka's Manga 'MW' is to get the live action treatment.
Director Hitoshi Iwamoto is to helm, with a release some time
by some as the Godfather of Manga Tezuka's MW tells the story
of a secret U.S chemical weapon called "MW" which
accidentally leaks and wipes out the population of a southern
Japanese island. Though Michio Yuuki survives, he emerges
from the ordeal without a trace of conscience, to become a
cold blooded and psychotic killer. His one true goal, to spread
MW around the world.
managed to track down the films official site, but as yet
its just a holding page.
Joon-ho talks 'Le Transperceneige'
Film Council Journalist Nigel D’Sa has just written
a great article on the upcoming works (including his new mega
budget sci-fi 'Le Transperceneige') of Bong Joon-ho, the man
behind the international horror hit 'The Host.' We weren't
able to link to it directly, so we've posted it in full below.
of Korea’s all-time box-office monster, The Host (2006),
and the now classic serial-killer mystery, Memories of Murder
(2003), held a roundtable conference in Seoul last week to
discuss a highly gossiped about future project 'Le Transperceneige',
which he aims to have ready for release in 2011.
recently completed his contribution to the omnibus project
Tokyo!, a homage to the city, for which he and two famed French
directors, Michel Gondry and Leos Carax, each made a short
film. The finished project had its world premiere at the Cannes
Film Festival this Spring, where it received glowing reviews.
is currently working on a crime-drama with the working title
‘Mother’, after which he plans to devote all his
attention to 'Le Transperceneige'. At the roundtable, he presented
the project as a ‘multi-national co-production’
in which he may cast Korean, Japanese, Chinese, or other Asian
actors along with English-speaking actors. He describes the
story as something of a “Noah’s Ark” in
tone. Set in a post-apocalyptic future on a train where the
passengers are the last survivors of a devastating world war
and the onset of an ice-age. The train continues to run through
a glacial landscape, with carriages partitioned into classes
as a microcosm for human society.
said at the talk, "I remember it was around the end of
2004. It was when I finished Memories of Murder and was working
on 'The Host.' I went to a comic book store near Hong-ik University.
I go there once or twice a month when I am stressed out. 'Le
Transperceneige' suddenly came into my sight, and I read the
whole trilogy standing there. I could not wait until I got
home to read. "This train has enraptured me. I believe
everyone has a fantasy about trains giving off chugs and puffs,
and landscapes viewed from the window.
you can see from the window in this story, however, is only
the world icebound, with minus 80 degrees outside. Survivors
live in the train, but they can't stay in harmony even at
a time of adversity." "Each partition of the train
represents a class. In the last partition of the train, people
live wretched lives. The closer to the front they are, the
more luxurious life gets. "It's not quite the same, but
it can be similar to what you feel when you get off a plane
and see all the empty seats in business class after you spent
more than 10 hours flying in the confined economy class seats.
You realize some people got there very comfortably and almost
have a fit of anger." Bong confirmed that the film will
be produced by fellow director PARK Chan-wook, who won accolades
and awards for his vengeance trilogy, including the Cannes
2004 Grand Prize for Old Boy.
project will include ambitious special effects, something
BONG wrestled with and proved a master of in his previous
film. "During making The Host, I had such a hard time.
I am not fond of making blockbuster movies. As for The Host,
it was inevitable, since we had to make the monster."
"Le Transperceneige is going to be much more spectacular
with all the trains and frozen scenery. But the spectacle
is not what I really want to show."