Twitch Film and Movies.com once again present the International Trailer Domination Tour, a selection of the best trailers from upcoming international films. This edition comes loaded with more familiar names than usual, from mega-star Jackie Chan to arthouse hero Guy Maddin to Spanish zombie franchise [REC] to Oldboy’s Choi Min-sik. And to keep things fresh we’ve got a Dutch offering that seems to be channelling early Guy Ritchie, too. Onwards!
1. [REC]3: Genesis by Paco Plaza, Spain
The third entry in the hugely successful [REC] franchise changes things up on a number of fronts. It is the first effort directed by Paco Plaza without his regular partner in crime Jaume Balaguero. It takes the action out of the building that was the setting for the first two instalments. It gets away from the pure first person perspective of the earlier entries. And it seems to be adding a definite comedy edge to things as well. But what really matters to fans is whether there remains plentiful undead action. And the answer to that is a resounding yes.
2. Nameless Gangster by Yun Jong-bin, South Korea
Oldboy star Choi Min-sik has become incredibly selective in the latter part of his career, so much so that the presence of the actor is almost a sure fire guarantee of quality. And given just how good the trailer for upcoming effort Nameless Gangster looks I would say that trend continues here. Set against a backdrop of political corruption this is the sort of action drama that drove the Korean Wave back in the day, a film that looks to be a perfect fusion of style and grit and fantastically retro hair.
3. Chinese Zodiac by Jackie Chan, Hong Kong
Hey, old age! Jackie Chan is giving you the finger with the upcoming Chinese Zodiac! After making increasing concessions to the onset of age and decades of damage to his body with his output over the past decade Chan wants to give the old style action that made his name one last kick with Chinese Zodiac. Sure, he has to stop eventually and he knows it but this is his way of going out on his own terms and he’s pulling out all the stops. The film is still in production so no proper trailer yet but the behind the scenes promo shows enough of Jackie doing what he does best to demonstrate that he’s not just talking here, he’s really out there doing it one last time.
4. Keyhole by Guy Maddin, Canada
Canada’s resident Mad Scientist, Guy Maddin unleashed his latest - Keyhole - on audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. And what has he cooked up this time? A 1930’s gangster noir riff on Homer’s Odyssey, of course, shot in his distinctive expressionist style. Maddin’s certainly not for everybody – and never has been – but the sheer fact that he’s out there doing this crazy stuff puts a smile on my face.
5. Black Out by Arne Toonen, The Netherlands
You want a killer premise for an action movie? Well, Dutch director Arne Toonen has got one for you. You start with an ex-con on the day before his wedding. You have him wake up with a splitting headache and no memory of the night before. Then you put a gun and an unidentifiable corpse in the bed with him and have a local gangster call angry about the twenty kilos of coke he claims our main character stole for him. Cue chaos, all of which must be sorted prior to our man getting hitched. It’s like Toonen is channelling all the best bits of Guy Ritchie here and it just looks fun.
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