Trailers for Kokuriko-Zaka Kara, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Nanagami

This week has been interesting. I stumbled upon the filming of Sherlock Holmes. No, not the movie but the BBC One adaptation. As in the one starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and MArtin Freeman as Watson

The one written by Steven (Doctor Who show-runner) Moffat.

I actually talked to Martin Freeman, who broke from shooting The Hobbit and flew in from New Zealand to film the shows. I acted out of sorts, not so much the cool and calm saturnine chap and more the fan-boy. Whether he thought me rude or just strange I can’t say but I’m still excited that I talked to him in real life. I will not divulge any more information for fear of spoilers and Steven Moffat destroying me (he hates spoilers).

Anyway, here are the trailers and they are pretty exciting. Everything from spies to Ghibli and some Cumberbatch.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Release date: Friday 16th of September (UK)
Running time: N/A
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Ciarán Hinds, Benedict Cumberbatch

From the director of Let the Right One In comes a classic of British, nay World literature. A story about British spies based on John Le Carré’s classic and with a stellar cast, I’m excited by the prospect because the book is just that awesome. Here’s the trailer:

Set in the 1970s, George Smiley is a MI6 agent who has retired from the Circus under something of a cloud. He finds himself trying to adjust to a life outside the secret service. However, the appearance of a rogue agent with information about a mole at the heart of the Circus, means that his Smiley’s old colleagues need him back in the espionage game in order to root the mole out.

Release date: 20th of August (Japan)
Running time: N/A
Director: Ryuta Miyake

From the director of Ju-On: White Ghost (see my review) comes a horror thriller about the disappearance of a young girl in some haunted woods. Considering Ju-On: White Ghost was a film with some long moments of spooky atmosphere I’m intrigued. My Japanese is okay… just not okay enough to get a cast list. Sorry. Here’s the trailer:

Kokuriko-Zaka Kara
Release date: 16th of July 2012 (Japan)
Running time: N/A
Director: Goro Miyazaki
Starring:Nagasawa Masami, Okada Junichi
Based on Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsuro Sayama’s 1980’s shoujo manga, Studio Ghibli’s next film, after Arrietty, is directed by Goro Miyzaki. Goro’s debut, Tales from Earthsea was nothing like his illustrious father’s work. This appears to take a different tack as well.

Set in 1963 this coming of age tale takes place in Yokohama and follows the life of a high school girl named Komatsuzaki. Her father, a sailor is missing, her mother is a photographer who travels frequently and she helps run a lodging house with the rest of her family. The film follows her life as well as her friendship with two boys, Shun Kazama, a school newspaper member and Mizunuma, student council president.

Studio Ghibli has announced its voice cast as Nagasawa Masami (Crying Out Love, In the Centre of the World), who plays the main character, and Okada Junichi (from the idol group V6 and actor in Hana) has been cast as the main male character.