Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins and Attack the Block are in cinemas next week and I feel like weeping tears of joy but instead I’ll post up trailers and links for forthcoming films that have caught my eye.
The South Korean remake of a literary classic involving a giant whale and some chaps who hunt it. Not quite.
The trailer has nothing to do with the whale and a lot to do with dramatic things happening to an ambitious journalist named Bang-u who witnesses an explosion on a bridge and decides to investigate after gaining a bag stuffed full of surveillance reports. This looks like a great crime thriller and South Korea has a particular skill in this genre (The Chaser, Vengeance Trilogy, No Blood No Tears) so this has me intrigued.
Martin (Cillian Murphy) and Kate (Thandie Newton) head to a remote island off the coast of Britain in order to reconnect with each other after a tragedy. Unfortunately their trip is interrupted when a mysterious man (Jamie Bell) is washed ashore on their island. After helping him, he tells them of a virus sweeping the outside world and persuades Martin to before engaging in mind-games with the couple.
Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton and Jamie Bell. Three brilliant actors and the possible end of humanity? The trailer is interesting.
Time for that link.
The website I’ve got this week is for a website that should be familiar to Japanophiles and cinephiles alike: Midnight Eye – Visions of Japanese Cinema.
I have been visiting this site for a long time as the reviews are always comprehensive and informative. Two of the main talents behind the site, Tom Mes and Jasper Sharp, should be familiar to anybody who has an interest in world cinema. They have both authored The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film.