The new film from Hayao Miyazaki is Kaze Tachinu (aka The Wind Rises, or The Wind is Rising), based on the manga of the same name about Jiro Horikoshi, who designed the famous Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane. The fighter was extensively used by Japan during World War II, and Miyazaki’s interest in flight is well-documented, making this project seem like a natural choice for the director.
The film will be released in Japan on July 20 of this year, and a trailer should air on Japanese television this week. We’ll have that trailer when it arrives, but in the meantime we can give you three new images from the film, which will be used as posters in cinemas later this spring. They’re pretty tiny, but you can compare one of them to the original manga art seen above to get a sense of how Miyzaki has translated the visual style.
Update: The same images have been released in much larger size. We’ve added them below.
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Almost every year at Cannes, there’s a film that gets attention for pure WTF-ness. This year it could have been Ari Folman’s The Congress, but by the time everything is said and done it may actually be Borgman. The Dutch film has some of the same tone seen in other notable Cannes entries such as Dogtooth, Sightseers, Holy Motors, and several films from Michael Haneke — it’s a modern film that takes place in a recognizable, seemingly “normal” world. And yet there’s something very off in the air.
Alex van Warmerdam directs Jan Bijvoet as a homeless man who makes a simple request of a bourgeois family, leading the husband (Jeroen Perceval) to reject him even as his wife (Hadewych Minis) is more supportive. The man works his way into the family’s life, and then things get weird.
Here’s a trailer for the film that shows some (but by no means all) of the quiet beginning, and quickly escalates into stuff that, let’s just say, you probably wouldn’t want happening in your own house. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
What is the gorgeous fantasy world of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon without Ang Lee’s magic touch? For better or for worse, we’ll find out next year.
The Weinstein Company has announced plans for Crouching Tigher Hidden Dragon II – The Green Destiny, with the original’s choreographer Yuen Wo Ping at the helm. Also returning is Michelle Yeoh, who’ll reprise her role as Yu Shu Lien. She’s joined by Donnie Yen in the role of Silent Wolf. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, May 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
The American TV industry has borrowed liberally from other countries, adapting Ugly Betty from Colombia, The Killing from Denmark, Homeland from Israel, and The Office from the U.K., to name just a few examples. In turn, other nations have taken American shows like Everybody Loves Raymond and How I Met Your Mother and made them their own. Now one of our best homegrown series, Breaking Bad, is also heading to a foreign land.
Sony TV has given the go-ahead to Univision’s Spanish-language remake of Breaking Bad, titled Metastasis. Diego Trujillo will lead the cast as a meek chemistry teacher turned ruthless meth cook named — what else — Walter Blanco. More info after the jump.
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The idea of a live-action remake of one of the movies by animation master Hayao Miyazaki might not be very appealing no matter who wants to make it, even if the project is based on one of the director’s projects that is best positioned for live-action.
But what about the idea of Miyazaki himself contributing to a live-action companion to one of his films?
Both of these ideas are now realities, with Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge) confirmed to direct a live-action version of the coming-of-age story Kiki’s Delivery Service, in which a young witch develops her skills and sense of self-worth after moving to a new town. Miyazaki, meanwhile, contributed a kaiju design for a live-action short that essentially acts as prequel to his early film Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. Read More »
We’ve seen a lot of footage for Wong Kar-Wai‘s new film, The Grandmaster, but this is the first trailer specifically aimed at a US release. Accordingly, this one features subtitles. It also sports a completely ridiculous voice-over track that explains a rudimentary martial arts morality that may or may not represent what is really in the film. (I’d expect “not,” as there’s nothing in that voiceover script that even suggests what we expect from Wong Kar-Wai.)
Still, the rainy footage that makes up most of this teaser is so pretty that it is worth another look, even if you’ve seen it a couple times before. Read More »
The last film from Asghar Farhadi, A Separation, was a powerful drama that swept awards around the world and was one of the most impressive films of 2011. His new film, The Past, is premiering In Competition at Cannes next month, and now we’ve for the first English-subbed trailer. Bérénice Bejo (The Artist), Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) and Ali Mosaffa (The Last Step) feature in the story that follows a different bit of domestic strife, as an Iranian man (Mossaffa) deals with the fallout of divorcing his French wife (Bejo) in order to return to Iran.
Like A Separation, this looks like serious stuff, but well-acted and written and directed with an eye for the sort of details that make the story powerful without feeling artificial. Check out the footage below. Read More »
Thomas Vinterberg is a name that more people should know, if only for his film Festen (The Celebration). That ’98 effort was the first film in the Dogme95 movement, and was at the leading edge of shooting serious theatrical efforts on video. Shot by Anthony Dod Mantle, who later became Danny Boyle’s regular cinematographer, the film is also arguably the birth of Boyle’s current style.
Vinterberg hasn’t exactly been quiet in the past decade (films such as Dear Wendy and Submarino have made waves on the festival circuit) and now he returns with The Hunt. The film played Cannes last year, where star Mads Mikkelsen (Pusher, Hannibal) won the Best Actor award for his portrayal of a divorced father who becomes the target of accusations of abuse and molestation.
The US is among the last global markets to get the film in a theatrical release, but we will get to see the film later this summer. Check out a great trailer below. Read More »
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