The Guard, Ninja Kids, Take Shelter and Tree of Life Trailers

More Takashi Miike this week with the announcement that he is adapting Phoenix Wright for the big screen – joy to the world! Here are the trailers that have caught my eye this week.

The Guard

One of my films to watch this year, John Michael McDonagh’s The Guard has been making waves at various film festivals from Sundance to Berlin and is out in the UK on the 28th of July.

Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) is a maverick Garda officer (cop) in Galway, Ireland who has a dying mother, an addiction to prostitutes and a drug-smuggling ring who like to quote Nietzsche and have no interest in drugs as well as a visiting FBI agent named Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle) lecturing about the drug gang to deal with. When a man turns up dead in a holiday cottage and Everett shows Boyle mug-shots of drug traffickers he is following and one of them turns out to be the dead man, they realise the case is much bigger than they thought.

The cast looks excellent with Gleeson and Cheadle joined by Mark Strong.

Ninja Kids

Takashi Miike is a favourite director on this blog and he is quite prolific, his work covering a range of genres and subjects (not just Yakuza and lunatics) and as proof of that here’s a trailer for Ninja Kids!!! (three exclamation marks, baby) – a live-action adaptation of a gag manga which has had an anime adaptation.

Eight year old boy Rantaro attends a school for young ninjas during the Sengoku period. He befriends an orphan who has lost his parents in the turmoil of the period as well as Shibe, son of a wealthy merchant. The three get into various misadventures at their school as well as with rival ninjas from Dokutake Castle.

The film will be released in Japan on the 23rd of July. I suspect the fact that we in the west only get his violent Yakuza and horror films is the reason for my surprise. Oh, and the fact that it’s aimed at kids. I can’t see myself watching this… ever but it’s nice enough.

Update: 11/02/13 – Review

The Tree of Life

Brad Pitt and Sean Penn star in a film that has everybody praising it. The Cannes Palme d’Or went to this film, here’s the trailer.

Terrence Malick is one of the worlds great directors and A New World was such a wonderful film to watch.

Take Shelter

Jeff Nichol’s film premiered at Sundance and has been screened at Cannes. Here’s the trailer:

Ohio, present day, Curtis LaForche lives with his wife, Samantha, and six-year-old deaf daughter Hannah. He begins to suffer terrifying dreams which drives him to build a storm shelter. Soon people begin to take note and tensions emerge.


Here’s a video collecting 150 of the greatest movie one-liners and catchphrases. Worth a watch although taken out of context some of the magic is lost and I’m sure we can all think of better ones.

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