So as I await the release of Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins (UK release date is May 5th) I spot the trailer for his latest opus plus two other trailers which have piqued my interest.
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai 3D
I briefly mentioned news of Takashi Miike’s latest remake of a classic film in a previous trailer round-up (complete with trailer for original film) and now here is the trailer for the modern version.
Starring Ebizo Ichikawa (Kabuki actor), the story is about a poor samurai named Hanshiro Tsugumo who goes to the manor of a feudal lord in order to commit ritual suicide, or hara kiri. The feudal lord suspects this is to gain money from him because he has shown beneficence in to other samurai. However, this is part of an elaborate plan to gain vengeance. This is a remake of a film made in 1962 and gets its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival where it is competing for the Palme d’Or.
When I say, “this is a Spanish horror film with the words Produced by Guillermo Del Toro”, that’s two reasons to go see a film because;
1. Spain have been producing brilliant atmospheric horror in recent years and
2. Guillermo Del Toro is involved, need I say more?
Julia (Belén Rueda) is a woman suffering from degenerative eye disease which means she is long her sight. When she finds out that her twin sister who is already blind Sara has committed suicide in the basement of her house, she is suspicious and begins to investigate. Pretty soon, she is under attack from a shadowy presence.
The film is due for release on the 20th of May by Optimum, so it should feature in most cinemas nationwide.
The Perfect Host
Frasier has to be one of THE best television comedies every created. Every performance in every episode is brilliant. Who would have thought a show about an arrogant psychiatrist and his family would be so good? David Hyde Pierce as Niles was simply divine and it’s nice to see him play fully on his lunatic side in this film.
Warwick Wilson is the consummate host. He carefully prepares for a dinner party, the table impeccably set and the duck perfectly timed for 8:30 p.m. John Taylor is a career criminal. He’s just robbed a bank and needs to get off the streets. He finds himself on Warwick’s doorstep posing as a friend of a friend, new to Los Angeles, who’s been mugged and lost his luggage. As the wine flows and the evening progresses, we become deeply intertwined in the lives of these two men and discover just how deceiving appearances can be.
Here’s a link to Roger Ebert’s blog. He’s one of the few North American critics I follow and his wealth of experience creates great articles.