Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we get hooked up for an annual plan of domination, grab some corned beef, wonder at a tiger taking down a horse, watch who we kiss in Russia, and see if we can get an early check out at the Marigold Hotel.
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Hong Kong action legend Tsui Hark‘s new film, Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame, opens next week in New York and Los Angeles and to promote the adventure epic, artist Pale Horse has created an eye-catching piece of poster art that we’re proud to exclusive premiere.
Detective Dee stars Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs, House of Flying Daggers) as the title character, hired by China’s most powerful woman to investigate seven mysterious deaths. Blending the kind of high-flying, martial arts action you’ve comes to expect from Tsui Hark and a mystery in the vein of Sherlock Holmes, but with a distinct steampunk twist, Detective Dee is definitely a film to keep on your radar when it opens near you. Which will most likely be soon. After the jump, check out the full poster, find out when it’s opening and even watch a clip or two. Read More »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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Long-time producer and director Tsui Hark did well last year with his film Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, then he jumped right into production on a new film. That’s the 3D wuxia epic Flying Swords of Dragon Inn, with Jet Li starring. We’ve got the first pics from the film, as well as some good statements from the director and star, after the break. Read More »
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It has been a while since Tsui Hark was on top of the Hong Kong film scene. But for anyone who was knee deep in HK flicks through the ’80s and ’90s, the name should still be enough to pique some interest.
If you didn’t have the good fortune to live through that fantastic movie boom, or if the name isn’t enough, just check out the trailer for his latest film, Detective Dee. This is a mad collection of great images, and if the film is even half as visually exciting, it could be a real return to form for Hark. Read More »