Twitch Film and Movies.com once again present the International Trailer Domination Tour, a selection of the best trailers from upcoming international films. In this edition Christian Bale stars in China’s Best Foreign Language Oscar submission, a Japanese maverick gets up close and personal with the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, a veteran Filipino scream queen (?) gets a movie to call her own, a Mexican angel wields a very large gun and a Russian family withstands an assault by professional killers.
1. Home by Oleg Pogodin, Russia
What happens when you hand a director known for making brawny action films a family drama? He turns it into an action film. Set in the remote Russian steppes, Oleg Pogodin’s Home revolves around a family much like any other with the slight wrinkle that when this family’s black sheep returns home after a fifteen year absence he also comes with a gang of killers out for blood on his tail. A word of warning: There are breasts in the trailer so, no, it is not work safe.
2. Pastorela by Emilio Portes, Mexico
Emilio Portes’ genre-mashing Christmas film Pastorela was meant to have its world premiere at Fantastic Fest, a plan ultimately foiled by an uncooperative post-production schedule. Though it wasn’t done on time for Fantastic Fest it is rapidly coming up on its November release in Mexico where it should prove a barrel of fun for those who want to put a bit of bite in their festive season. Dominantly a comedy about a Christmas pageant gone wildly out of control when the new priest changes the normal casting, this one also has healthy doses of action and horror in the mix.
3. Six Degrees Of Separation From Lilia Cuntapay by Antoinette Jadone, The Philippines
You probably don’t know Lilian Cuntapay by name but if you’ve seen any horror films produced in The Philippines over the last thirty years you’ve almost certainly seen her face. That’s because her face is a memorable one, one directors call upon with great regularity when they need a witch or a ghost or ghoul of some sort to pop up and give the audience a scare. And now, after more than thirty years in the biz, she finally gets a film to call her own, playing herself in a moc-doc about being nominated for a fictional movie award. It’s clever, charming stuff and Cuntapay clearly has a fabulous sense of humor about her own place in the world.
4. Himizu by Sion Sono, Japan
Japanese maverick Sion Sono was faced with incredible adversity while shooting his latest picture Himizu earlier this year. You see, Sono was shooting in the region of Japan struck hardest by the earthquake and tsunami in early 2011 and found himself caught in the thick of the crisis. Many would have folded under the pressure and not been questioned in the slightest but Sono went another road entirely, adapting his script to the events around him and integrating the real life situation into his film. After hitting audiences with the likes of Cold Fish, Love Exposure and Guilty Of Romance you’d think Sono would have run out of ways to surprise by now but no. Not even close. The man simply cannot be stopped.
5. The Flowers Of War by Zhang Yimou, China
Already announced as China’s entry into the Oscar race despite not yet having released anywhere, Christian Bale stars in Zhang Yimou’s The Flowers Of War. An epic scale retelling of the Nanjing Massacre, Bale starts as a priest caught in the midst of the violence. The scope of what Zhang has captured on film here is remarkable and, given his pedigree, it will be a surprise if the film fails to secure a nomination.
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