Twitch Film and Movies.com kicked off the International Trailer Domination Tour last week and we’re back to do it again, once again presenting a selection of five of the most compelling, most entertaining and most strange trailers to appear around the globe this week. In this edition we’ve got Japanese animation, Norwegian action, Chinese martial arts, an Indian spin on I Am Sam and Jean Claude Van Damme putting in a comedic turn in a Russian slapstick comedy. Here we go!
1. Headhunters by Morten Tyldum, Norway
When Magnolia Pictures picked up rights to Morten Tyldum’s Headhunters in Cannes the general assumption was that it was a throw-in on the deal that also netted them distribution rights for Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia. Think again. The adaptation of a crime novel by hugely popular author Jo Nesbo looks to be the latest in a growing wave of incredibly slick Scandinavian crime thrillers, following behind the likes of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Easy Money, both of which became huge international sensations. If the trailer’s any indication, this could be even bigger.
2. Deiva Thirumagal by Vijay, India
Are you prepared for a something in horribly bad taste? Then strap yourself in for Deiva Thirumagal, by single named Indian director Vijay. Though producers claim this is a purely original concept it is very clearly a knock off of I Am Sam, only with the shameless sentimentality cranked up to 11 and the addition of dinosaurs, giant snakes and large scale action sequences. Yes, really.
3. Hotarubi No Mori E by Takahiro Omori, Japan
With the passing of Satoshi Kon, Hayao Miyazaki’s continuing talk of retirement and the general slowing of Mamoru Oshii there is a changing of the guard coming in Japan’s animation world. Luckily for fans, however, it looks as though there’s no shortage of up and coming talent. And one turning heads right now is Takahiro Omori. Already well known for his television work Omori is about to release his debut feature, Hotarubi No Mori E. The story of a lost little girl befriended by a forest spirit this one has the potential to be something truly special.
4. Wu Xia by Peter Chan, Hong Kong / China
Peter Chan’s Cannes-selected Wu Xia began life as a remake of Shaw Brothers classic The One Armed Swordsman but while star Donnie Yen does indeed lose an arm at one point the film morphed into something else over time, a sort of hybrid of Sherlock Holmes style investigation and full on martial arts epic. It’s the best of Yen’s recent pictures and with the Chinese release coming soon a new extended trailer has released to give an in depth look.
5. Napoleon Kaput by Maryus Vaysberg, Russia
I promised you Van Damme in Russia, and here he is. A few years back director Maryus Baysberg made some waves with a madcap, Zucker Brothers style, WWII comedy titled Hitler Kaput. It was big, broad, immensely silly stuff that went on to be a huge success so he’s doing it again. Only this time it’s set during the Napoleonic Wars, it’s in 3D, and he recruited Jean Claude Van Damme to play one of Napoleon’s officers. Silly? Oh, yes. But it looks very funny and, personally, I kind of love JCVD doing comedy. The man’s got a spark to him in this stuff that makes him immensely watchable.
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