Twitch Film and Movies.com once again present the International Trailer Domination Tour, a selection of the best trailers from upcoming international films. We've taken the last couple weeks off of the ITD but we're back and better than ever with an Asia-heavy entry that includes the latest from the directors of Ong Bak and Last Life In The Universe, a follow up to cult hit Funky Forest, an anime inspired dose of cult action excess and a bunch of white guys in Norway fighting it out over lottery winnings. Onwards!
1. Jackpot by Magnus Martens, Norway
We'll get the white guys out of the way first. Norwegian crime novelist Jo Nesbo is already one of the big buzz names on the international film circuit thanks to the widespread success of Headhunter, a film based on one of his novels that many believe may be the next international crime sensation a la The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. But before all that stuff really gets kicked into high gear Nesbo chose to first write a piece directly for the screen and the result is Jackpot, a darker than dark comedy about four friends who turn on each other after jointly winning the lottery. Because, you know, less friends means more money.
2. The Kick by Prachya Pinkaew, Thailand
Ong Bak director Prachya Pinkaew introduced the action world to muay thai - a fight discipline that has been very, very good to him - but he's changing things up a little bit with his new effort The Kick. Pinkaew's imported outside talent for this one, choosing to showcase the Korean discipline of taekwondo instead. But one thing that hasn't changed is the high energy level and acrobatic skill of his performers. And for the sharp eyed out there, yes, that is Chocolate star Jija Yanin in there as well. Taekwondo is actually her first discipline, not muay thai, so she gets a healthy showcase here as well.
3. The Warped Forest by Shunichiro Miki, Japan
You're sending a very deliberate message when you open a movie trailer with a shot of an attractive girl firing what appears to be a ray gun that opens up to reveal a limp penis dribbling white liquid and in the case of Shunichiro Miki's The Warped Forest that message is "Holy Christ, this movie is going to be weird." And yes, it is. Miki was one of the triumvirate of directors responsible for cult hit Funky Forest a few years back and he's sunk his own personal savings into making this utterly bizarre follow up.
4. Let's Go! by Wong Ching-Po, Hong Kong
Wong Ching-Po's Let's Go may not be able to rival The Warped Forest in terms of full on insanity but it does have a certain twisted charm of its own. A Hong Kong effort revolving around a young man obsessed with Japanese anime the film clearly takes its cues from that world, its characters dressing up in colorful costumes to wreak havoc upon one another in all sorts of stylish ways. Completely and utterly over the top this one looks as though it could be one of the most purely entertaining films out of Hong Kong in years and one of the best attempts at moving the anime aesthetic into live action ever.
5. Headshot by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, Thailand
Thai auteur Pen-Ek Ratanaruang has built up a loyal following on the arthouse circuit over the years, many of whom have perhaps forgotten that his early work fell very much into the world of crime-noir. Headshot should serve as a little reminder. The story of a cop turned hitman who sees the entire world upside down after taking a bullet to the head this is the most action oriented film Ratanaruang has done in better than a decade and with the Thai release coming we are graced with a new trailer.
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