Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, Twixt, Resurrect Dead, A Letter to Momo, From up on Poppy Hill Trailers

Hello once again audience. A nice selection of trailers here that range across my favourite things, gothic mysteries and Japan. But before we get into them a little request…

If you have yet to see Studio Ghibli’s Arrietty in the cinema then please do because it is wonderful. Check for my review on Monday!

HaraKiri: Death of a Samurai

Release date: October (Japan)
Running time: N/A
Director: Takashi Miike
Starring: Ebizo Ichikawa, Hikari Mitsushima, Koji Yakusho, Eita

 After devouring the awesome 13 Assassins I have been Takashi Miike’s latest film which is a 3D remake of Masaki Kobayashi’s 1962 Hara-Kiri. Here’s the full trailer.

Seeking an honorable end, poverty-stricken samurai Hanshiro requests to commit hara-kiri in the courtyard of feudal lord Kageyu’s estate. Trying to dismiss Hanshiro’s wish to save face, Kageyu recounts the tragic story of a similar plea years ago from young ronin Motome. But the arrogant lord is unaware of vengeful Hanshiro’s bond to Motome…


Release date: N/A
Running time: N/A
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, Ben Chaplin, Elle Fanning

Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now is one of my top ten films of all time so the news of a trailer for his next project is exciting. His latest film, Twixt, gets its premiere in September at the Toronto Film Festival.

A writer with a fading career is taking part in a book tour when he arrives in a small town and gets involved in a murder mystery centering on a young girl. Whilst dreaming, he is approached by a ghost named V who gives information on the story which leads him to the truth and the realisation that it might have more to do with his life than he might have thought.

Resurrect Dead
Release date: N/A
Running time: N/A
Director: Jon Foy
Starring: N/A

This trailer had me intrigued within seconds. It seems like The Coversation or Zodiac crossed with a documentary creating a mystery thriller about a mystery over twenty years old called the Toynbee Tile mystery where tiles are placed on streets across the eastern United States with strange messages on each one. Perhaps Banksy has a time machine…

A Letter to Momo
Release date: Early  2012 (Japan)
Running time: N/A
Director: Hiroyuki Okiura
Starring: N/A

Production I.G.’s upcoming release  A Letter to Momo received a trailer earlier this week. The film has major production talent with Hiroyuki Okiura acting as director, his first movie since his magnificent debut Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, the animation and background has been handled by Ghibli chaps Masashi Ando (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away) and Hiroshi Ono (Kiki’s Delivery Service) respectively and the project has animators from a myriad of other high-profile titles like Evangelion, The Sky Crawlers, Tokyo Godfathers and Summer Wars. It’s showing at this year’s Toronto Film Festival in September.

Momo is a young girl who grew up in a big city. However, following the premature loss of her father, she has to move with her mother to the old family house on a remote island. Here, time seems to have stopped: old wooden buildings, holy shrines surrounded by trees, fields painstakingly carved out from steep hills… and no shopping mall.

Needless to say, Momo is not too overenthusiastic about this new environment. Most of all, her heart is still feeling uneasy about an unfinished letter left by her father. A letter that contained only two words: “Dear Momo…”

What was dad going to say?

One day, exploring the attic of her new big house, Momo finds a dusty and worn out book. And from that moment, something really unexpected starts happening around her…

Kokuriko-Zaka Kara (From up on Poppy Hill)
Released: 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, the film is directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Goro Miyzaki who directed the underrated Tales from Earthsea.

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.

4 thoughts on “Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, Twixt, Resurrect Dead, A Letter to Momo, From up on Poppy Hill Trailers

  1. Hara-Kiri is a must see. I still haven’t seen 13 Assassins yet…I must do so pronto!
    Coppola is hit and miss with me. The trailer didn’t really sell me, but I might check it out anyway.
    Resurrect Dead looks interesting, this is the first I’m seeing of it.

    1. Coppola has been hit and miss for a long time but I like the look of Twixt – I’m drawn to that type of movie, I’m intrigued about how the thing will pan out but it looks like it’ll be more interesting than the average cinema output. Hara-Kiri is a definite must-watch as well.

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