Although the setting has changed from Tuscany to Tokyo, Certified Copy director Abbas Kiarostami once again seems to be exploring themes of perception and mistaken identity in his latest film, Like Someone in Love.

Rin Takanashi¬†plays a college student moonlighting as an escort. After spending an apparently sexless evening with an elderly new client (Tadashi Okuno), she allows him to drive her to class the next morning — where they’re spotted by her jealous boyfriend (Ryo Kase), who assumes the old man must be her grandfather. And things get odder from there. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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‘Outrage’ English-Subtitled Trailer

Earlier this year we saw Japanese trailers for Takeshi Kitano‘s latest film Outrage, which marks his return to gangster pictures. (He previously made one of the best Japanese gangster films, Sonatine, as well as other movies about the Yakuza.)

Now we’ve got a US trailer via Magnet, and if you wanted a clearer look at the film than those Japanese clips provided, this should do the trick. Read More »

‘Restless’ Trailer #2

Gus Van Sant made one of the bigger missteps of the ’90s with his shot for shot remake of Psycho, but he’s been on a roll in the past couple years with Paranoid Park and Milk. His latest film is Restless, starring Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper as a pair of kids who are obsessed with death. One of them has a friend who happens to be the ghost of a kamikaze pilot. Reviews out of Cannes were mixed, but it’s a film that leads to quite a sweet trailer edit. There is a new, second trailer for the film, which is now scheduled to open limited on September 16. See it after the break. Read More »

Movie Trailer: Gus Van Sant’s ‘Restless’

Columbia Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have released the first movie trailer for the new Gus Van Sant (Milk, Finding Forrester, Good Will Hunting, To Die For) film Restless. The movie stars Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) in a “complex tale of a teenage boy and girl who share a preoccupation with mortality.” The film co-stars Henry Hopper, Ryo Kase, Schuyler Fisk, Jane Adams, and Chin Han.

Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Subtitle this one ’12 Angry Gangsters’. Back in December I was excited to report that Japanese writer/actor/director Takeshi Kitano was already well into post-production on his new film Outrage. This is his return to gangster pictures after a string of films that saw him step away from the genre that brought him international acclaim. Branching out is fantastic, but his recent trilogy of films, which explored various facets of Kitano as an artist, wasn’t entirely successful. Taskeshis was intriguing and Achilles and the Tortoise actually quite good, but Glory to the Filmmaker! was a bit of a trial.

So I’m curious about Outrage. Is this Kitano going back to gangsters because it is an easy step to make audiences happy, or will be doing something more than just ‘going back to gangsters’? His best films in the genre (such as Sonatine) are hardly standard Yakuza fare. Regardless, we’ve now got a teaser trailer for Outrage. Because it is in Japanese it may be difficult to get too much out of it, but the footage looks great and it’s wonderful to see new Kitano footage, whatever it is. Read More »


Here’s some great news about a film that, just by virtue of existence, is now high on my ‘to watch’ list for 2010. I knew that Takeshi Kitano had been shooting a new film (mentioned it in passing here, while talking about Ryo Kase working with Gus Van Sant) but we haven’t had any details about it. And while he’s talked about going back to gangster pictures, we didn’t know for certain that’s what this new film would be.

Now the details are out: the film is called Outrage and it is indeed a film about Japanese criminals. Will it stack up against Sonatine? If it even comes close, I’ll be happy. Read More »


Gus Van Sant‘s next film, which was called Restless until recently, has been sounding very interesting. It already stars Mia Wasikowska in a “complex tale of a teenage boy and girl who share a preoccupation with mortality.” The film may not currently have a title (Restless wasn’t the best name for this movie, anyway) but it does have a lot of new cast members, a couple of which bear very familiar names. Read More »