Asian film releases in the UK and Trailers for The Viral Factor, Intruders, Hindsight, In Time, Smuggler

For Asian film fans in the UK there has been some great news released in recent days some of which I have been following but the first one is a surprise:

Jackie Chan’s Police Story trilogy will be re-released by Cine-Asia’s Hong Kong legends label on the 1st of August.

Police Story DVD CoverIf you haven’t seen Police Story then you haven’t seen some of the most enjoyable films ever made and perhaps Jackie Chan’s best work. My advice (let us pretend you care about it) Pre-order now.

Also released by Cine-Asia is the latest from legendary Hong Kong director, Tsui Hark in the shape of Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame. The film has wowed audiences at various film festivals and stars Andy Lau as the titular Detective Dee.

Detective Dee DVD Cover

First pictures emerged from the set of Takashi Miike’s adaptation of the videogame Phoenix Wright. The folks at ANN managed to get this rather blurry picture of the courtroom that should be familiar to anybody who played the game. The Ace Attorney Wiki provides a neat comparison.

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The court from Phoenix Wright

Sion Sono’s cult film Suicide Club will finally get an official UK release from Cornerstone Media on the 19th of September.

Suicide Club DVD image

The film features stunning sequences but is somewhat uneven so check out reviews before making a purchase and judging from some comments on Amazon it might be worth picking up one of the Region 1 releases.

Now that I have mentioned Sion Sono Japanese news site Natalie has released images from the set of his latest film Himizu. Based on Minoru Furuya’s manga about an average kid who goes to the dark side after a traumatic incident. Shota Sometani and  Fumi Nikaido in HimizuDue for release in 2012 it will be premiere at the Venice film festival. Right, the trailers come next.

 

The Viral Factor

Release date:  February 2012 (Hong Kong)

Running time: N/A

Director: Dante Lam

Starring: Nicholas Tse, Jay Chou, Bai Bing

Before Japanese cinema I was a major Hong Kong film fan and Dante Lam was one of the big name directors I followed with very Hong Kong centric films like the underrated Beast Cops. Now he has gone international with a film shot in Malaysia and the Middle East with enough American military hardware to give Transformers a run for its money in a new action thriller combining terrorism and law enforcement.

Two brothers (Nicholas Tse and Jay Chou) on different sides of the law are forced to unite in order to stop criminals from releasing a virus.

 

Intruders

Release date:  N/A

Running time: N/A

Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

Starring: Clive Owen, Carice van Houten

This horror trailer caught me off-guard. Starring two of Europe’s most interesting talents, Clive Owen (Croupier, Children of Men) and Carice van Houten (Black Death), this thriller focuses on how monsters and family affect children.

 

Hindsight

Release date:  N/A

Running time: N/A

Director: Lee Hyun-Seung

Starring: Song Kang-ho, Shin Se-kyung

The lead actor and director are interesting the synopsis of the film not so much. Song Kang-ho should be familiar to any Asian film fan from The Good, The Bad, The Weird and The Host and Memories of Murder whilst Shin Se-kyung is new to me. That said South Korea is ace at thrillers (No Blood No Tears, A Bittersweet Life, Public Enemy, Old Boy) so I’m keeping an eye on this one.

Du-heon is a retired former leader of a bunch of gangsters who wishes to become a restaurant owner so he joins a cookery class where he meets a girl named Se-bin. She’s intelligent and quirky and a hit-girl who has been hired to kill Du-heon by the new leader of the gangsters to stop him from interfering in controversial plans to expand into drugs and prostitution. However, Se-bin falls for Du-heon.

In Time

Release date:  N/A

Running time: N/A

Director: Andrew Niccol

Starring: Justin Timberlake, Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy

I’m not a fan of Andrew Niccol’s Lord of War despite it being stylish and I have yet to watch a film with Olivia Wilde or Amanda Seyfried but Cillian Murphy is always good and a strong performance from Timberlake in The Social Network and the concept is enough to intrigue. It has shades of the manga/film Ikegami: The trailer took more than two minutes to sell the concept to I don’t hold out much hope.

 

Smuggler

Release date:  22nd of October (Japan)

Running time: N/A

Director: Katsuhito Ishii

Starring: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Yasuko Matsuyuki

Based on Shohei Manabe’s manga of the same name, Smuggler stars Satoshi Tsumabuki ( ) in what is yet another live-action adaptation of a comic book which makes one wonder where all of the original ideas have gone? Then I watched the trailer and liked it.

Ryōsuke is a failed actor Kinuta (Satoshi Tsumabuki) with massive debts. With only a part-time job at a pachinko parlour he is forced into an arrangement with a loan shark and Yakuza leader (Yasuki Matsuyuki) to work as part of a corpse disposal team smuggling bodies an escalating gang war is creating from the cities. Working for the likes of provides a lot of money but as the team begin to accept work from both gangs, things become very dangerous.

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