Archive for the 'First Look' Category

06
Apr
09

First Look: Official Site for Johnnie To’s Vengeance

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The official site for Vengeance, the newest film from Johnnie To and screenwriter Wai Ka-fai and featuring French icon Johnny Hallyday, has just been launched. While the site is mainly geared toward the audience for the film’s French release on May 20, there is also an English language option on the front page as well. Inside you’ll find the previously released trailer, and some snazzy film stills. There is a radio interview with Monsieur Hallyday, but it’s conducted in French, naturally. Keep checking back though, as sections for production notes and interviews look to be added soon, and may well feature English subs. (Thanks to Frederic for the scoop!)

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26
Mar
09

First Look: Footage from Bong Joon-ho’s New Film Mother

The latest film from Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Memories of Murder, and one third of Tokyo!) looks like a return to smaller-scale drama after the runaway success of his 2006 blockbuster creature feature The Host (though that film also had plenty of human drama in between monster attacks). The title character in Mother (Kim Hye-ja) lives with her asocial and introverted adult son (K-Pop singer/actor Won Bin, making his return to the screen after fulfilling his mandatory military service), and when he’s wrongly scapegoated by the local police for a murder, she sets out alone to prove his innocence. This isn’t a proper trailer, but it does give a few glimpses from the film, along with director Bong speaking. I’m not sure exactly what he’s saying (Any Hangul speakers out there want to help me out with the translation?), but he was quoted in Variety last year, saying of the film:

I want to make the saddest yet most beautiful crime drama ever. At the center of this story is a small and weak mother who stands alone, a woman so determined that she can’t even stop herself.

This scoop courtesy of Wildgrounds, where you’ll also find two posters for the film.

16
Mar
09

First Look: Stills from Paul King’s Bunny and the Bull

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Easy, Britcom fanboys… this isn’t a shot from series 4 of The Mighty Boosh. By the way, when IS series 4 coming?

Fans of British Comedy should recognize Paul King as the director of The Mighty Boosh, one of the most unabashedly weird, inventive and hilarious series to come out of old Blighty in quite some time. Now King is stepping up to the big screen with his feature debut Bunny and the Bull, which is intriguingly described as “a comedy road movie set entirely in a flat.” The film stars Simon Farnaby (aka “Harold Boom” from the Boosh) and Edward Hogg, but features cameos from Boosh stars Noel Fielding (pictured above) and Julian Barratt as well as the ubiquitous Richard Ayoade. Quiet Earth has the full set of stills over here, and while there’s no official UK release date yet, you can look for the film to play in US theaters starting, uh… actually, you should probably just get yourself a region-free DVD player.

05
Mar
09

First Look: Rashomon on Blu-ray

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The existing print of Rashomon as seen on the Criterion DVD…

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…and the newly-released Japanese Blu-Ray version.

Wow. Just…wow. Wildgrounds just took the Pepsi Challenge with two versions of Kurosawa’s 1950 epic Rashomon. The heretofore best release available, from prestige label the Criterion Collection, goes head-to-head with a new Blu-ray release from Japan, and clearly there’s no contest. You can see more shreenshot comparisons here, and until Criterion decides to do a Blu-ray release of their own you can order the Japanese version, which is compatible with North American machines, here.