Twitch Film and Movies.com once again present the International Trailer Domination Tour, a selection of the best trailers from upcoming international films. After a few weeks off to enjoy the holidays and allow for the post-holiday sag in trailer releases we’re back with a vengeance now, presenting new trailers from Pakistan, Vietnam, Turkey and a pair from Japan. It’s a diverse lot and here we go:
1. Kotoko by Shinya Tsukamoto, Japan
Japan’s Shinya Tsukamoto will always be best known as the director of the international cult sensation Testsuo: The Iron Man but the director has been moving more and more into character oriented work ever since, holding on to much of his core style while simultaneously shedding the crazy special effects that marked his early work. It doesn’t always work and certainly doesn’t work for everybody but those who get the Tsukamoto bug tend to get it hard. His latest work, Kotoko, stars pop singer Cocco as a mentally ill young woman trying – and failing – to raise her baby and her mental degradation when the child is taken away. It’s not easy viewing, by any measure, but with awards picked up in Venice it is certainly one of the director’s most highly regarded films.
2. Fetih 1453 by Faruk Aksoy, Turkey
Considering that the Ottoman Empire was one of the most powerful in history, dominating huge stretches of geography and arguably responsible in great part for preserving a trove of Western knowledge during the Dark Ages, it gets surprisingly short shrift in textbooks on this continent. Bluntly, beyond the simple fact that they existed I know virtually nothing about them. And while Faruk Aksoy’s fetih 1453 is unlikely to teach me much about their contributions to art and culture the trailer has already convinced me of their military prowess. An epic telling of the Ottoman’s taking of Constantinople – now Istanbul – this is large scale, cinematic story telling in the extreme, a film seemingly bolstered by a literal cast of thousands. This is grand stuff with superb production values. And a guy being hit in the face with a mace.
3. Waar by Bilal Lashari, Pakistan
Reportedly the highest budget film in Pakistani history, there are continuing rumors that Bilal Lashari’s Waar is little more than a thinly veiled recruitment video for the Pakistani military, with some of the finance coming from the Pakistani secret police. I can find no confirmation of this, of course, but it makes for a fascinating backdrop for a glossy, high octane action film set amidst the ongoing ‘war on terror’ in the Middle East. But whatever the truth about the financing is it remains equally true that this looks like very well done stuff, an action movie that can stand with the highest end output of virtually any country in the world.
4. the House In The Alley by Le Van Kiet, Vietnam
The marketing types will have you believe that the only sort of films appropriate for Valentine’s Day are romances. But that’s simply not true. The horror film has a long and distinguished history as a date movie and Vietnam’s Le Van Kiet aims to use his nation’s young men’s urge to frighten their girlfriends into their arms to his advantage with the chiller The House In The Alley. A haunted house tale with what appear to be some slasher elements this is a notable one both for its delightfully unsettling trailer and for the casting of Veronica Ngo in the lead, Ngo known to international audiences thanks to her parts in action flicks The Rebel and Clash.
5. The Wolf Children, Ame And Yuki by Mamoru Hosoda, Japan
Japanese animator Mamoru Hosoda does not appear to have any problem dealing with the weight of expectations. Already with his first feature, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Hosoda was being declared the successor to Hayao Miyazaki. Not bad praise, given that Miyazaki is widely considered one of the greatest animators in history. All Hosoda did was follow his much loved debut with a film that people loved even more, Summer Wars. And now he’s back with his third film, the gentle fantasy The Wolf Children, Ame And Yumi. The titular children are the offspring of a college girl and her ill fated romance with a werewolf and the just released trailer makes it abundantly clear why Hosoda is held in such high regard.
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