The legend of Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer is beginning to eclipse the actual movie. The story is set in a new ice age caused by a failed experiment to stop global warming that killed virtually all life on the planet. The sole survivors live on a train called Snowpiercer—powered by a perpetual machine—who struggle with the class system implemented on the train. Snowpiercer was a hit in Bong’s native South Korea, and it’s slowly rolling out to other territories. However, behind-the-scenes wrangling continues between Bong and U.S. distributor The Weinstein Company. Harvey Weinstein wants a shorter, more action-oriented cut, while Bong obviously wants to keep his cut intact. The result is that we currently don’t know what we’ll get or when we’ll get it. As we wait, new trailers continue to roll out, and a new one from Japan features plenty of fresh footage, and a heavy emphasis on the movie’s protagonist, Curtis (Chris Evans).
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Alison Pill, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, and Ko Asung. Snowpiercer opens in Japan on February 7th. Let us know what we’re missing, Japan.
Universal has released the Japanese trailer and a couple posters for 47 Ronin. The story stars Keanu Reeves and centers on a troupe of banished samurai who long to restore their honor and find vengeance against the treacherous Lord Kira (played by Tadanobu Asano) who was responsible for the death of their master. There’s a little bit in the way of new footage, but they’re trying to keep it as simple as possible: outcast samurai looks for redemption, fights cloth dragon. I’ll add that every time I hear the line “Your life belongs to us,” my mind immediately snaps back to Reeve’s line in Man of Tai Chi, “You owe me a life!” Buy stock in lives.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and posters. The film also stars Rinko Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki, and Jin Aksanishi. 47 Ronin opens in 3D on December 25th.
Pacific Rim owes a great debt to Japan. Director Guillermo del Toro‘s upcoming film draws from the country’s monster movies and manga, and in a new Japanese trailer, del Toro acknowledges these influences. Pacific Rim doesn’t look like a homage as much as it appears to simply be the loving offspring of some of Japan’s most beloved entertainment. There’s also some new footage lurking about in the trailer, so that’s worth checking out as well.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film stars Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Clifton Collins Jr., Idris Elba, and Ron Perlman. Pacific Rim opens in 3D on July 12th.
You’ve seen the announcement trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness and you want more. You’re clicking to see if there’s any way you can still get tickets to IMAX screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey because they’ll show the first 9 minutes of the movie. You’re building a time machine to jump forward to December 17th when another trailer will launch. For now, you can enjoy 15 more seconds of footage from the upcoming flick. No, it doesn’t tell you the name of the villain, because that would ruin the entire picture (apparently). But it does have a bit of a callback to the most popular Star Trek film ever made.
Hit the jump to check out the Japanese trailer, which contains 15 more seconds of footage. The film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Alice Eve, Peter Weller, Noel Clarke, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Star Trek Into Darkness opens in 3D and IMAX on May 17th, 2013.
The Japanese trailer for The Avengers has gone online. It’s damn entertaining and it features footage that’s not in the latest American trailer. For the spoiler-phobes, I won’t say what or who is in the new footage, but I’ll say that the entire trailer looks great.
Hit the jump to check out the Japanese trailer. The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, and Samuel L. Jackson. The Avengers opens in 3D on May 4th.
A Japanese trailer for Pixar’s Brave has gone online. The American trailers have focused more on the comedy and the tomboy antics of the film’s heroine, Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald), but the Japanese trailer gets deeper into the film’s plot. The tagline on the posters has been “Change Your Fate”, but the Japanese trailer actually explains how Merida attempts to do that. The Japanese trailer features loads of new footage and might be considered a tad spoilery, but I don’t think it gives away any major reveals as much as it clearly explains the major conflict (as opposed to the vague hints we’d been receiving thus far).
Hit the jump to check out the Japanese trailer (with English subtitles) plus the Japanese poster. Brave opens in 3D on June 22nd.
In high school I developed an interest in anime. I didn’t travel the country going to conventions or buy a Sailor Moon costume, but some of the series were fun and interesting (anime is like any fan-genre: the movies and TV shows may be great, but the fandom can get on your nerves). My favorite series was Rurouni Kenshin (also known as “Samurai X” in the US). It’s an incredibly simple yet enjoyable premise: a ronin with a bloody past tries to find peace living with a local kendo instructor, an orphaned boy, and a cavalier ex-soldier. There are colorful characters and creative action scenes, and I can understand why it’s been adapted in a live-action Japanese film (I’m actually surprised it took this long). The trailer has gone online and it looks like a faithful and fun flick. Between this and Takashi Miike’s Phoenix Wright, it may be time to cue my gigantic-eyed enthusiasm.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film opens in Japan on August 25, 2012.
A film adaptation of the Phoenix Wright video game series wasn’t too surprising, but the movie took on an interesting spin when the project fell into the hands of director Takashi Miike. For those unfamiliar with Miike’s diverse body of work, his filmography includes the gruesome Ichi the Killer, the children’s movie The Great Yokai War, and the samurai action flick 13 Assassins. So what would his take be on the fun and silly Phoenix Wright series? Judging by these Japanese trailers, he’s staying true to the games. There are colorful witnesses, characters shouting their dramatic evidence reveals, and even throwing holographic exhibits at each other. It also looks like the “Turnabout Goodbyes” case from the first game is part of the film’s plot.
Hit the jump to check out the Japanese trailers. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is due out in Japan on February 11, 2012.