- Aug 31
- Trailer for short film SHARE THE VISION with Lee Byung-hun
- Posted by Adgy - 31/08/11 at 05:30 PM
Korean superstar Lee Byung-hun hasn't got much happening between now and the release of the G.I. Joe sequel next year, but one thing that is happening is the release of a short film he worked on called Share The Vision coming out in Korea on September 3rd. And we've got the trailer for you here. The film is 33 minutes long and is directed by Yang Yoon-ho, the man behind Fighter In The Wind and Libera Me.
It co-stars Lee Su-Kyeong (Triangle) and Bae Soo-bin (Ghost) and it looks pretty good. The film will consist of 3 episodes, with each having its own theme by famous Korean pop musicians.
- Aug 31
- Full trailer for Norwegian horror thriller BABYCALL
- Posted by Deljhp - 31/08/11 at 04:24 PM
With their great past track record, it’s always worth taking a moment to pause when a Scandinavian country dabbles in the dark art of the horror thriller and as local helmer, Pål Sletaune’s Norwegian scare flick Babycall has been on our back burner for some time now, we’d be slacking if we didn’t mention the fact that the full trailer for the film has just been released. Noomi Rapace of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ fame takes the lead - in what looks to be quite a taunt little rollercoaster ride - and its due for release on October 7. Someone pick this up for distribution in an English speaking territory, and soon!
Synopsis: Anna and her eight year old son Anders are under the witness protection program following a difficult relationship with Anders’ father. They move into a large apartment complex. Anna becomes overprotective of her son and even buys a babycall to keep track of him. Soon, strange noises from other apartments appear on the monitor, and Anna overhears what might be the murder of a child. Meanwhile, Anders’ mysterious new friend starts visiting at odd hours, claiming that he has keys for all the doors in the building … Does this new friend know anything about the murder? And why is Anders’ drawing stained with blood? Is Anna’s son still in danger?
- Aug 30
- SUICIDE CLUB: DVD review
- Posted by Deljhp - 30/08/11 at 05:07 PM
Director: Sion Sono. Review: Adam Wing.
When it comes to celebrated movie openings, you wont find any more memorable than Sion Sono’s 2001 cult hit Suicide Club, available for the first time in the UK courtesy of Cine Du Monde - 54 high school girls, one subway station and a southbound ticket to hell. The police believe it to be the first of a string of suicides, but their investigation takes a sinister turn when a sports bag is discovered at the scene of one of the alleged incidents. The contents suggest an altogether different investigation is in order, taking Detective Kuroda (Ryo Ishibashi) and his team of officers on an unexpected, horrifying and deeply disturbing journey into the depths of depravity.
A girl called Kiyoko - known to investigating officers as The Bat - suspects that she has found the answers on a strange website, one that shows red and white dots matching up to the number of suspected suicide victims. At around the same time, a mysterious stranger calls Kuroda at work - a young boy with what sounds like a speech impediment. He warns Kuroda of another mass suicide set to take place at the same station as before. Add to the mix the appearance of Genesis and his horde of twisted henchman; a girl called Mitsuko (Saya Hagiwara) who gets caught up in the case, and the regular bombardment of girl band sensation Dessert, and what you are witnessing is anything but ordinary...Continue reading review.
- Aug 30
- Out in the U.S. today: BANGKOK KNOCKOUT
- Posted by Adgy - 30/08/11 at 03:57 PM
Just a quick heads up for our American readers. Panna Rittikrai, the man behind Ong Bak, Born To Fight, Chocolate and a number of other Thai martial arts films you know and love has a new movie called Bangkok Knockout out in the U.S. today courtesy of Magnet Releasing. It's on shelves now in DVD and Blu-Ray and comes with behind the scenes and making-of featurettes. You know by now what to expect from a Rittikrai movie, so if that type of head-busting awesomeness is your thing, then you need to get on this.
Synopsis: Bangkok Knockout features a range of martial art disciplines at its best when a group of "fight club" friends, whose styles vary from Muay Thai, Capoeira to Kung Fu and Tai Chi, must join forces and fight for their lives in a daring rescue of a kidnapped friend.
Read our review of the UK Blu-Ray
- Aug 29
- Well Go acquires TORMENTED & THE SHOCK LABYRINTH
- Posted by Deljhp - 29/08/11 at 05:08 PM
Well done, Well Go USA - They have acquired all North American distribution rights to the upcoming 3D horror thriller Rabbit Horror (aka 'Tormented') directed by The Grudge (Ju-on) helmer Takashi Shimizu. They have also acquired all rights to the 2010 horror THE SHOCK LABYRINTH. Tormented will premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival in Official Selection Midnight. It has just been announced that it also has been selected for Official Competition at the Sitges Film Festival, the world’s foremost fantasy and horror film festival to be held in October this year.
TORMENTED (aka Rabbit Horror 3D) centres on a young boy whose family seems to be unravelling around him. His sister is grappling with the reality of life or death, while his storybook illustrating father walks a line with insanity. The situation intensifies when the boy manifests a dangerous friendship with a stuffed toy rabbit that comes to life. Is he crazy or are they all delusional? Shimizu ventures once more into the terrifying corners of the mind where the lines between fact and fiction are blurred. This film marks his first collaboration with award winning director of photography Christopher Doyle who has previously worked with many other noted Asian directors including Wong Kar Wai.
THE SHOCK LABYRINTH (2010) marked Japan’s first foray into the world of live-action 3-D feature films. The story follows a group of teenagers dealing with the disappearance of one of them, Yuki, at an amusement park’s ghost house. On a rainy day 10 years later, Yuki inexplicably returns. However, no sooner is she united with her former friends than she collapses, and the group rushes Yuki to a nearby hospital. But after checking in, they discover that things are not quite as they seem at the medical centre. As the night wears on, the group sinks deeper and deeper into the events from a decade ago that led to Yuki’s disappearance.
Too be honest we didn’t rate Shock Labyrinth (read our review) all that highly - but on face value at least - Rabbit Horror seems far more like the Shimizu we know and love; cracked, tortured and more than a little “Tormented”? Trailer below.
- Aug 29
- ATTACK THE BLOCK on UK DVD
- Posted by Deljhp - 29/08/11 at 12:03 PM
Joe Cornish’s Alien invasion movie (with a very British twist) Attack the Block is set to land (geddit) on UK DVD next month, and we highly recommend you check it out. Inner city urban sprawl, meets teen gang culture, with some horror and a liberal dose of black humour thrown in for good measure – You can’t go wrong really. Attack The Block will be invading homes on Blu-ray and DVD on September 19th.
Synopsis: Trainee nurse Sam is walking home to her flat in a scary South London tower block when she¹s robbed by a gang of masked, hooded youths. She¹s saved when the gang are distracted by a bright meteorite, which falls from the sky and hits a nearby parked car. Sam flees, just before the gang are attacked by a small alien creature that leaps from the wreckage. The gang chase the creature and kill it, dragging its ghoulish carcass to the top of the block, which they treat as their territory. While Sam and the police hunt for the gang, a second wave of meteors fall. Confident of victory against such feeble invaders, the gang grab weapons, mount bikes and mopeds, and set out to defend their turf. But this time, the creatures are bigger. Much bigger. Savage, shadowy and bestial, they are hunting their fallen comrade and nothing will stand in their way. The estate is about to become a battleground. And the bunch of no-hope kids who just attacked Sam are about to become her, and the block¹s, only hope.
- Aug 29
- Teaser art for HK horror thriller QUEEN’S ROAD RIPPER
- Posted by Deljhp - 29/08/11 at 08:24 AM
Take a famous mass murderer from 19th Century London and add an Asian twist to the tale and you’ve got yourself the Hong Kong horror thriller The Queen’s Road Ripper. We Pictures - who’ve already brought us the likes of ‘Bodyguards & Assassins’ and ‘Mr. & Mrs. Incredible’ - are fronting the project, and have updates their site with some teaser art for the flick. One of the most famous serial killers of all time - running rampage on the streets of Victorian Hong Kong, we’re pretty sure we won’t be the only ones intrigued by that prospect?! The films still in pre-prodcution - So more when we get it.
Synopsis: From late 1888 to 1891, London was overtaken by a series of gruesome murders. Known only by his alias Jack the Ripper, the killer was never caught or identified. After 1891, however, all traces of the Ripper were suddenly lost, until horrific murders of the same nature started to appear in the British colony of Hong Kong. With just one suspect and not close to solving the crimes at all, the police turned to the local mobsters instead. By putting a tighter rein on their businesses, the police wanted them to stop the killings through their own means. Could the only suspect they were tracking be the notorious Jack?
- Aug 27
- Aussie horror thriller UNINHABITED: Review
- Posted by Deljhp - 27/08/11 at 10:07 AM
Director: Bill Bennett. Review: Adam Wing.
The Great Barrier Reef stretches for over 1600 miles off the Northeast coast of Australia; it’s the world’s largest coral reef and one of the seven natural wonders of the world. There are more than 600 islands in all, and Bill Bennett’s Uninhabited is set on one of them. A young couple go to a remote and deserted coral island for a camping holiday, only to find that a ghost seeking retribution for a past outrage has come back to haunt them.
Beth (Geraldine Hakewill) and her dim-witted boyfriend Harry (Henry James) arrive on the ‘deserted’ island for a short break, and before you can say, “this is a clichéd horror movie isn’t it?” they discover they’re not alone, because it wouldn’t be much of a horror movie if they were. Strange occurrences threaten to disrupt their peaceful getaway - footprints in the sand leading nowhere, old bones that suggest indigenous life, and the terrifying discovery that somebody has hung Beth’s washing out to dry...Continue review here.
- Aug 27
- ELITE SQUAD 2 coming to Blu-Ray in the UK
- Posted by Adgy - 27/08/11 at 05:26 AM
Jose Padilha's fantastic action thriller Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within was one of our favorite movies to play at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival and today Independent distributors Revolver Entertainment have revealed that they are planning to release the film in the UK on Blu-ray on December 26th.
There aren't any details or specs for the release, but if you're reading this and you're in the UK, mark your calendars now, as this is one you will not want to miss. We'll update you with details when they become available.
Synopsis: Nascimento faces a new enemy: the militias. To hit upon the system that dominates the Rio de Janeiro, he discovers that the problem is much bigger than he thought. He needs to balance the challenge of pacifying a city occupied by the crime with constant worries about her teenage son. When the personal and professional universe of Colonel Nascimento meets, the result is explosive.
Watch the trailer
Read the 24FPS review from LAFF
- Aug 26
- Official site for Taiwanese undead horror ZOMBIE 108
- Posted by Deljhp - 26/08/11 at 07:44 PM
How about some undead splatter, Taiwanese style, to round off the week? The official site for Chien Joe’s Zombie 108 is now live, with a hi-res version of the teaser trailer, poster and loads of stills to discover. So far its all looking fantastically bloody fun, the only thing we’re not sure of is exactly where its supposed to be based. The poster says ‘Taipei,’ the synopsis mentions ‘Japan,’ but hey we’ll work through the fine detail later. Right now there’s a quick plot summary to get through, then head on down to view the Zombie fun! Z108 is set for release in the New Year.
Synopsis: The nuclear disaster that Japan suffered accidentally alters the genes of the influenza virus. A group of young people got infected and haven’t paid any attention to their illness, until a one of them surprisingly bites a girl’s throat, on a drunken night out. Their friends start screaming at the gushing blood. After a virus event, the government orders to quarantine the sick and evacuate all residents in the vicinity. Meanwhile, the army and the police join to form an team to enter the quarantined zone. However, those survivors suddenly become zombies to attack the living. In no time, the whole city is awash bloodshed. People from all walks of life, including gangsters, policemen and the civilians must to work together to escape seemingly, but in fact they have hidden schemes to compete with and even kill each others. The thing most tested when doomsday arrives, is the human mind.
- Aug 26
- Trailer for Korean drama THE CRUCIBLE
- Posted by Adgy - 26/08/11 at 05:59 AM
September looks like it's going to be a really depressing month in Korea. On the 1st they're getting Dance Town, a movie we told you about last week, and on the 22nd comes a film called The Crucible (or Silenced, depending on who you ask). It's a movie based on a book that's based on a real life story about abuse at a school for the hearing impaired. It looks like a devastating piece of work. It stars Gong Yoo (Spy Girl, She's On Duty) and Jeong Yu-mi (A Bittersweet Life, Chaw).
Synopsis: Based on the original by writer Gong Ji-young, this movie is about a true story that happened in Gwangju, about a teacher who was newly appointed in a school for the deaf, and reveals to the world the secret violence and tragedy that had been going on in there.
Visit the Official Website for the film
- Aug 25
- SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO: DVD Review
- Posted by Deljhp - 25/08/11 at 05:05 PM
Director: Takashi Yamazaki. Review: Adam Wing.
Based on the 1974 anime TV series, Space Battleship Yamato is a live action film adaptation directed by Takashi Yamazaki. In the distant future, the depleted forces of humanity lose a major battle to alien invaders the Gamilas, retreating back to a radiation-soaked, nigh-uninhabitable Earth. Man has one last shot at redemption, a toxin-killing device supposedly sent by a benevolent species, located on the distant planet of Iscandar.
Earth’s only hope is the giant star-cruising battleship Yamato, armed with a wave motion cannon capable of mass destruction. The Yamato is launched with an overly familiar ragtag crew of personnel, including angst-ridden hotshot Susumu Kodai (Takuya Kimura), Captain Birdseye Okita (Tsutomu Yamazaki), and super hot fighter pilot Yuki (Meisa Kuroki). The Yamato must race against time and across treacherous space to find the mysterious device and defeat the insidious Gamilas...Continue reading review.
Battleship Yamato Japanese site (with some English content)
- Aug 25
- New characters trailer for Korean thriller BLUE SALT
- Posted by Adgy - 25/08/11 at 05:14 AM
A few weeks ago, we brought you the first trailer for Blue Salt, which is also being called Hindsight in some places, the new film from director Lee Hyeon-seung. Today, we're bringing you a new trailer for the film that focuses more on the people of the film than the plot.
Other than the fact that so far it looks to be a great watch, the film is especially of interest simply due to the presence of actor Song Kang-ho. The veteran actor of films like Sympathy For Mr Vengeance, The Host and Secret Sunshine is always a welcome presence and instantly adds credibility to any production in our eyes. The film is scheduled to be released in Korea on September 1st.
Synopsis: Doo-Hun (Song Kang-Ho) is a retired gangster boss who confronts a mysterious women named Se-Bin (Shin Se-Kyeong). Se-Bin is a 20 year old assassin sent to kill Doo-Hun. Things become more complicated when the retired mob boss and sexy assassin start to develop feelings for each other.
- Aug 24
- THE SWORD WITH NO NAME coming to the US in September
- Posted by Adgy - 24/08/11 at 10:56 PM
FUNimation has announced that it will be bringing Kim Yong-gyun's historical drama The Sword With No Name to Blu-Ray and DVD in the US on September 20th. The film, Kim's first since 2005's horror thriller The Red Shoes, stars Korea's "Queen Of Tears" alongside Cho Seung-woo and veteran actor Cheon Ho-jin in a story based on real people. The full specs for the Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack are not yet known, but the special features on the disc will include a making-of featurette, cast interviews and trailers.
Synopsis: Soo-Ae majestically portrays the Joseon Dynasty’s legendary Empress Myseongseong, a cherished ruler who fought courageously to modernize Korea. Forced to marry a king she did not love – and embroiled in a brutal struggle between rival world powers – the Empress draws her strength from a dashing rogue, a nameless headhunter who would do anything to be near her. This dark and brooding master of the blade protects the Empress as she stands strong against the sinister forces seeking to colonize her beloved country. When a traitor within the royal family orchestrates a plot to assassinate the Empress, only this anonymous swordsman proves willing to spill his own blood in defense of the noble beauty who would sacrifice her life for the people of Korea.
Read our review of the R2 DVD
Watch the trailer
Visit the Official Website
Pre-order from Amazon
- Aug 24
- Poster and trailer for Besson’s THE LADY with Michelle Yeoh
- Posted by Adgy - 24/08/11 at 04:41 PM
In preparation for its upcoming debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, the first poster and trailer for Luc Besson's The Lady are now available. The film stars Michelle Yeoh as Aung San Suu Kyi, the inspirational real life pro-democracy advocate in Burma and David Thewlis as her husband Michael Aris. We're really looking forward to this one and hope it secures some distribution very soon.
Synopsis: THE LADY is an epic love story about how an extraordinary couple and family sacrifice their happiness at great human cost for a higher cause. This is the story of Aung San Suu Kyi and her husband, Michael Aris. Despite distance, long separations, and a dangerously hostile regime, their love endures until the very end. A story of devotion and human understanding set against a background of political turmoil which continues today. THE LADY also is the story of the peaceful quest of the woman who is at the core of Burma's democracy movement.
Visit the TIFF Festival page for more info and stills.
- Aug 24
- Dante Lam’s THE STOOL PIGEON coming to U.S. Blu-Ray
- Posted by Adgy - 24/08/11 at 11:00 AM
Great news this morning! U.S. distributors Well Go USA have announced that they'll be releasing Dante Lam's action packed gangster flick The Stool Pigeon on DVD and Blu-Ray on September 27th in the US. The film is available for pre-order as of today and the two disc Blu/DVD combo pack is currently selling on Amazon at almost half the suggested retail price. We're pretty excited about this, as Dante Lam has proven himself, with movies like The Beast Stalker (read our review), Sniper and Fire Of Conscience, to be one of the best action directors currently working in Hong Kong.
The disc looks like it'll have all the same special features as the HK Blu-Ray released last October, including deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, cast and crew interviews, a photo gallery and an optional english dub. It very much sounds like Well Go has done this one right.
Synopsis: Don Lee (Nick Cheung) is a police detective in Kowloon whose reliance on informants leaves him struggling with a guilty conscience. Lee’s previous stool pigeon had his cover blown and it left him paranoid and driven from his wife and home. Although he is beginning to doubt his own methods, Lee recruits a street racer named Ghost (Nicholas Tse) as his latest stool pigeon and assigns him to infiltrate a gang led by the notorious armed robber Barbarian (Lu Yi). Ghost accepts Lee’s offer so he can rescue his sister from a life of prostitution, as well as help his father’s one-million dollar debt. Ghost joins an illegal street race to gain acceptance into Barbarian’s gang. Lee also has personal problems of his own, as wife Cher (Miao Pu) whom he is separated from tried to commit suicide a few months previously and has since had amnesia. Lee begins to realize how wrong he was to exploit his informants and desperately tries to right his wrong before Ghost is in serious trouble.
Watch the trailer
Check out the film's official Facebook page
- Aug 24
- Trailer for Korean legal thriller THE CLIENT
- Posted by Adgy - 24/08/11 at 06:36 AM
Korean director Sohn Young-sung's sophmore feature The Client is due to be released in Korea this September and we've got the trailer for you here. His first feature, The Pit And The Pendulum, got great reviews after it's premiere at Pusan in 2008 and after seeing the trailer for this new one, we wouldn't be surprised if The Client was even more well received. The film stars Ha Jeong-woo, best known in these parts as the star of The Chaser and The Yellow Sea, alongside Park Hee-soon (Hansel & Gretel, 3 Extremes) and Jang Hyeok (Volcano High). Definitely one to keep an eye on.
Synopsis: Defense attorney Kang receives a notorious case to defend Han, who is accused of killing his wife. Even though her body is not discovered, the general public is quick to label him as the devil-reincarnate and begs for a guilty verdict. It's a difficult case but Kang is confident that he will prevail. The defendant is an enigmatic character with OCD who can't express his thoughts clearly. Fortunately for him, there is no murder weapon but he doesn't have an alibi either. The prosecutor handling Han's case is also Kang's archrival, and is determined to bring down Han for the murder and his lawyer along with him. Kang digs into Han's case in order to uncover evidences to clear his client's name.
- Aug 23
- QUICK is zooming around North America right now
- Posted by Adgy - 23/08/11 at 06:08 PM
We just found out that major Korean action comedy blockbuster Quick is currently playing is select US and Canadian cities and we wanted to tell you immediately. This one has been a huge blockbuster over in Korea and looks like a total blast! Go check out the film's Official Website for dates and cities, as well as photos and all kinds of other cool stuff.
Synopsis: The speed maniac and motorcycle messenger Gi-su receives a mysterious call when he is about to take Arom, his ex-girlfriend and a member of a girl band, to a live broadcast. Suddenly, a mysterious voice on the phone warns that there is a bomb wire to Arom's helmet and that a package must be delivered to a designated address within 30 minutes. "Remove the helmet or fail to complete the mission and the bomb goes off". As the clock is ticking, the two begin a race against time to stay alive.
Check out the new poster in high resolution.
- Aug 23
- Trailer and official site for Thai horror MAE NAK 3D
- Posted by Deljhp - 23/08/11 at 05:48 PM
Another day another Thai horror based around one of their many gruesome folk tales and this particular fable seems to be on the popular side, as this latest version of the story of ‘Mae Nak’ marks the 22nd remake of the well-known legend. What’s the twist in this latest reboot? Yes you guessed it....the new version is in 3D. The fun kicks off in Thailand on October 27 and there’s posters, a long synopsis (in English) and the trailer to be seen on the films official site, or you can check it out at the link.
Synopsis: If you don’t know the story then we can only surmise you’ve been living under a stone. For those rock dwellers here it is again: Nak, a heavily pregnant woman, dies with her stillborn child while her husband, Mak, is away at war. When Mak returns, he doesn’t know that his family is dead and continues to live with Nak unaware that she is actually a ghost.
- Aug 23
- ROGUE NINJA: DVD review
- Posted by Deljhp - 23/08/11 at 04:42 PM
Director: Seiji Chiba. Review: Adam Wing.
Seiji Chiba sure loves his ninja movies. The Kunoichi: Ninja Girl, Alien vs. Ninja, Evil Ninja - its safe to assume that he’s comfortable within the action genre. Fans on these shores are likely to be familiar with Alien vs. Ninja, an action spoof that was little more than a sixty-minute fight sequence. There was enough mutilation and mayhem to keep you from reaching for the remote control though, even if it lacked the invention of some of its siblings.
Rogue Ninja lacks anything approaching comedy aliens, with Chiba instead choosing to take his latest foray incredibly seriously. It's the 16th Century, a period of civil war in Japan, and stuck right in the middle are the Iga ninja. Rather than stand firm against the Nobunaga Oda and the Koga ninja that have joined forces, the Iga turn on themselves, dispensing with each other and saving enemy clans the trouble. Its all part of a power struggle between the Iga high leaders and the Iga lesser leaders, a power struggle ninja Ukagami (Mika Hijii) is all too familiar with.
Being somewhat easy on the eye, she gains the attention of the lesser ninja’s leader. He’s bored of the women in his life, but then, how many ways can a woman please a man if she’s bound and gagged in his quarters? We know he’s evil by the way he treats his women, killing them before telling his comrades to rape them before they get too cold. Nice. Now he wants Ukagami, and he's willing to do anything he can to possess her, including killing her and I’m guessing, passing her dead body around like a tube of Pringles at a house party...Continue review here.
- Epic KING NARESUAN series reaches number 5!?
- Are we ready for a FIRESTORM?!
- Hong Kong celebrates new year AS THE LIGHT GOES OUT
- Poster & trailer for Malay horror THE TRANSCEND
- New poster for THE EXTREME FOX
- Official poster and trailer for NINJA II: SHADOW OF A TEAR
- The End is Nigh: Apocalyptic Blu-ray double bill review
- SHACKLED: DVD review