After being leaked and pulled, here’s the brand new full-length trailer for Park Chan-wook’s newest film Thirst. (The subs weren’t coming through in the embedded YT clip, so click above to watch). It stars the amazing Song Kang-ho as a priest who becomes a vampire after a blood transfusion, and Kim Ok-bin as his neighbor’s wife and the object of his obsession. Also worth a look is the film’s official site. There’s quite a bit of content, including a star-studded behind-the-scenes featurette with everyone from directors Lee Chang-dong and Bong Joon-ho, to actresses Lee Young-ae and Jeon Do-yeon visiting the set of Thirst, and Focus Features CEO James Schamus raving about director Park. The film opens in Korea on April 30, and with Universal backing the film (and Schamus’ unbridled enthusiasm), we should hopefully see a US release later this year. (Thanks to Antony and Yumann for help with the translation of the trailer.)
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Less than two weeks ago came a tiny bit of promotional material for director Bong Joon-ho’s latest film Mother, but it was really just a few seconds of footage from the film and some talking head-style interview clips with director Bong. Now there’s an official site up with a streaming version of the trailer which gives more a sense of the story and characters. Won Bin (Taegukgi) plays a mentally challenged young man who is wrongly accused of murder by the local police, and television actress Kim Hye-ja plays his mother, who sets out alone to prove his innocence. Reader skyccm recently read a Korean-language interview in which Bong discusses Mother, and was nice enough to summarize and provide a rough translation:
Bong wanted to show a different side of Kim Hye-ja, who is affectionately known as Korea’s “national mother” from her many similar roles on television dramas. Bong said the process of this film began with nothing more than a desire to work with Kim, and that he then wrote the script with her in mind as the lead. When The Host was released in 2003, Bong mentioned in several interviews that Kim Hye-jin was the actor he most wanted to work with for his next film, and that he had been a big fan of her work since 1992. Bong was finally able to meet Kim in 2004, and they began talks for her to appear in the film.
As I mentioned before, Bong has quite a fine touch with human drama—whether it’s set against the backdrop of a dark comedy like Barking Dogs Never Bite or a monster movie like The Host—so it should be quite interesting to see what looks to be a highly charged drama which he wrote from the beginning for a specific actor as the emotional core of the story. No word on a release date in Korea or abroad, but Bong’s profile has been rising quite a lot lately, especially with the release of the omnibus film Tokyo! (which screens in DC beginning this Friday), so expect to see this one in the States at some point. (Big thanks to skyccm for the translation help!)
Park Chan-wook, the director of Sympathy for Mr Vengeance, Oldboy, Lady Vengeance and I’m a Cyborg But That’s Okay has a brand new film arriving in Korean theaters next month. Oh, and it’s… a vampire movie. I’m not here to analyze how or why the narrative theme of vampires has become so pervasive across the entire globe these past few years (30 Days of Night, True Blood, Twilight, Let the Right One In to name a few), but if Park wants to experiment with the vampire/horror genre I’m in. Personally, I felt I’m a Cyborg… was a slight letdown with its self-conscious quirkiness, but it looks like Park is playing to his strengths again with Thirst: dark subject matter, an eye for art direction, and stirring use of classical music. This one stars Park Chan-wook (The Host, Secret Sunshine), Kim Ok-bin (who became the star of a viral video on screen and in real life thanks to the “shaky dance” from Dasepo Naughty Girls), and Shin Ha-kyun (Mr Vengeance, Save the Green Planet!). No word on a US release, but that Universal logo at the beginning of the trailer looks promising. Thanks to Twitch for the scoop on this one.
UPDATE: Now with English subtitles.
Honestly… HONESTLY… was anyone clamoring for a direct-to-DVD sequel to Donnie Darko with absolutely none of the original cast and crew involved? I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’…
There are two kinds of film fans in the world: those who think the phrase “Dr. Who meets Shaun of the Dead” sounds like a genius logline for a film and those who don’t. I fall well within the former category, and if you’re still reading I’m guessing you do too. Above is the trailer for the new British sci-fi comedy Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, which looks like it mixes elements of both of those two films, along with the speculative physics of Back to the Future, the Bill & Ted’s films, and possibly the ‘Lost In Time’ episode of Sealab 2021 thrown in for good measure. FAQATT centers around three geeky friends who are getting ‘faced in their local pub when they discover a rift in the space-time continuum… in the loo. They then have to jump back and forth between the present and a dystopian future while avoiding multiple versions of themselves to set things right. The film stars Irish comic Chris O’Dowd from Graham Linehan’s geek-centric Britcom The IT Crowd alongside Anna Faris as a hottie from the future. Wait…Anna Faris? Well yes, because “Turns out everybody in the future…American.” The film opens in the UK on April 24, but no word yet on an American release.
[Via Quiet Earth.]
The New York Times has picked up on reports of director Derek Yee’s refusal to trim scenes of violence in his latest film Shinjuku Incident, thus ensuring it won’t screen in the highly lucrative mainland Chinese market. The film, a dark tale of Chinese refugees dealing with the Yakuza in Japan, stars Jackie Chan and Daniel Wu among others, and supposedly marks Chan’s first non-martial arts/stunt-driven role in his modern career. Yee said he did attempt to cut the offending scenes (including stabbings and the amputation of a hand), but when he screened the truncated version for the film’s producers they simply felt it was “incomplete.” Chan, who is of course a huge draw in the mainland and is also a financial backer on the film, agreed with the director’s decision. Kudos to Yee for not rolling over for the sake of profit, though it will be interesting to see how this plays out both for the success of this film as well as for future releases with violent, political or otherwise controversial content. At any rate, I’m sure mainland sales of Shinjuku bootlegs will be huge.
Here’s the new trailer for Tokyo!, the “cinematic triptych” from directors Michel Gondry, Leos Carax and Bong Joon-ho. The film premieres in New York on March 6, and then opens in the always cryptic “select cities” afterwards (DC’s E Street will be screening the film beginning March 27). You can also check out the English version of the film’s Web site, which, although awkwardly designed compared to its Japanese counterpart (naturally), does contain a wealth of info, including a downloadable clip from Michel Gondry’s segment, entitled “Interior Design,” and hints that more clips are forthcoming. Thanks to Big Screen Little Screen for the info.