Villain and The Last Circus Trailers

Only two trailers this week – although two is enough because these look to be really interesting and exciting.


Release date: 19th of August 2011

Running time: 103 mins

Director: Lee Sang-il

Starring: Eri Fukatsu, Hikari Mitsushima


Third Window Films have announced the acquisition of Japanese film Villain. Based on a novel written by Shuichi Yoshida, the film will be released on the 19th of August.

Starring Eri Fukatsu and Hikari Mitsushima, the film takes place in a dull fishing village where Yuichi, a construction worker, spends his time working and taking care of his grandparents. His life is a lonely one without friendship, his only joy is his car. He is also a suspect in a recent killing of a woman. Mitsuyo (Eri Fukatsu)is a young woman who is in a similar predicament. Working in a men’s clothing store and living with her sister in an apartment. When Yuichi and Mitsuyo meet when using an online dating site they instantly fall in love. The two take off in an attempt to avoid the police but the journey will reveal the darkness of the characters.

The Last Circus

Release date: Showing at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 19th and 20th June

Running time: 107 mins

Director: Alex de la Iglesia

Starring: Carlos Areces, Antonio de la Torre, Carolina Bang,

This one has snuck up on me. Released in Spain December last year, The Last Circus (Balada Triste de Trompeta) looks to be a gloriously vulgar exploitation flick mixing the politics of the Spanish Civil War and Spain under the rule of General Franco, sexy dames and violent clowns. All I know is that it looks far more interesting than Transformers.

1937, The Spanish Civil War is raging and a “Happy” clown is recruited by a militia to join battle. Still in his costume. He proves to be deadly as he massacres a platoon of National soldiers.

1973, the Clowns son, Javier, is living in the tail end of the Franco regime and wants to be a clown himself but has seen too much sadness and as a result, is not funny and can only play the “Sad” Clown. Although he joins a circus, he finds himself being humiliated by a “Happy” Clown named Sergio who has a much abused wife named Natalia. Javier falls in love with Natalia and tries to rescue her which puts him in a dangerous love triangle.