Twitch Film and Movies.com once again present the International Trailer Domination Tour, a selection of the best – and occasionally the worst – trailers from upcoming international films. In this edition we’ve got a double shot from Studio Ghibli, a Korean creature feature, a head scratcher from India and then back to Korea for raw, low budget action.
1. Arrietty by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Japan
We start things off with one of the two Studio Ghibli efforts featured in the column this week. Based on the novel The Borrowers by Mary Norton, the latest effort from the famed animation studio founded by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata has already been a big hit in Japan but with the international releases still gearing up the first English-language trailer is freshly arrived on the scene. This one features the UK dub cast – yes, there are different voices for the UK and USA – and gives a good look at the world of the film, though I could do without all the rhyming.
2. Kokuriko-Zaka Kara by Goro Miyazaki, Japan
We’ll stick with Japan for our second Studio Ghibli effort, this one being the sophomore directorial effort by legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Goro. Co-written by the elder Miyazaki, Kokuriko-Zaka Kara is the story of a young girl trying to save her school clubhouse from demolition leading up to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. This being a Miyazaki story there are some supernatural touches and lots of quiet little details that really make things stand out. Very nice.
3. The Beast by Hwang Yu-sik, South Korea
South Korea’s indie film scene has exploded in recent years, with directors of all sorts making movies of all genres outside of the established studio system. And while budgets are often noticeably lower than on their studio produced brethren, the Korean indies have proven surprisingly successful at the box office. An upcoming effort hoping to cash in is Hwang Yu-sik’s The Beast, a gritty, low budget fight film. Resources are obviously limited but there’s talent a-plenty on display in the trailer.
4. Gandhi To Hitler by Rakesh Ranjan Kumar, India
For the second week in a row the most poorly though out trailer in the world comes out of India. Yes, Dear Friend Hitler is every bit as daft as the title suggests, the film being spun out of a limited number of letters apparently exchanged between the dictator and Gandhi. As an example of what’s going on here, consider the simple fact that Hitler and the entire Third Reich are played by Indian actors. Accuracy is clearly not a goal. Watch and shake your head.
5. Sector 7 by Kim Ji-hoon, South Korea
We’ve shown you low budget Korea in the column already and here comes the high budget answer. Kim Ji-hoon’s sector 7 is the odds-on favourite to top the Korean box office this year. A glossy, 3D creature feature revolving around an oil rig under attack by a deep sea beast, this is pure pulp entertainment with big time money behind the production and marketing. And with the release coming up soon a second trailer has been releasing featuring a bit more of a look at the creature that will be the big draw.
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