15 movies to check in 2012…Sunday, March 4, 2012 Category: Blog
Ace Attorney – Gyakuten saiban
Directed by: Takashi Miike
Genre: Comedy/ Crime/ Drama
Details: Takashi Miike is releasing more movies. It’s unbelievable how Miike is so prolific, directing about two (or more) movies per year. Here’s the plot: “Based primarily on the first game in the series, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, the film focuses on rookie defense attorney Ryūichi Naruhodō, as he strives to protect his clients in various murder trials, including the death of his mentor, Chihiro Ayasato, and the accusation of rival prosecutor, Reiji Mitsurugi. Ryūichi’s greatest ally is Chihiro’s younger sister Mayoi, a spirit medium whose body is posessed by Chihiro to communicate with him” (wikipedia.com).
As Luck Would Have It – La chispa de la vida
Directed by: Álex de la Iglesia
Details: New movie from the awesome director Álex de la Iglesia (if you haven’t watched La comunidad, 800 Balas, El día de la bestia – one of the best movie ever – and Acción mutante, you don’t know what you are missing)! And what’s more, this movie features Santiago Segura (Torrente!) and the stunning Salma Hayek… so, here’s the plot: “the picture stars Hayek as the wife of Jose Mota who plays a down on his luck publicist who slips and falls in an old Roman era forum, impaling his head on a metal rod. He does not die but cannot be moved. And, bizarrely, he views this not as a bad thing but as an opportunity as he uses his continued impaling as a means to generate celebrity for himself and income for his wife and their family”. (twitchfilm.com)
Directed by: Ralph Fiennes
Genre: Thriller/ Drama
Details: “Caius Martius ‘Coriolanus’ (Ralph Fiennes), a revered and feared Roman General is at odds with the city of Rome and his fellow citizens. Pushed by his controlling and ambitious mother Volumnia (Vanessa Redgrave) to seek the exalted and powerful position of Consul, he is loath to ingratiate himself with the masses whose votes he needs in order to secure the office. When the public refuses to support him, Coriolanus’s anger prompts a riot that culminates in his expulsion from Rome. The banished hero then allies himself with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler) to take his revenge on the city”. (weinsteinco.com). First movie directed by Ralph Fiennes.
Drug War – Du zhan
Directed by: Johnnie To
Genre: Crime/ Thriller
Details: There aren’t many details concerning this movie, but as it’s directed by Johnnie To and written by Wai Ka-Fai, I’m pretty sure it will be a hit. I was hoping to see Anthony Wong on this movie, but sadly, no, no Anthony Wong. “The script is still in the polishing stages. It aims to make blockbuster of the gangster genre based on the mainland”. (chinesefilms.cn). If you don’t know Johnnie To, please, watch any of the following: Election (Hak se wui), Exiled (Fong juk), Running Out of Time (Am Zin) and Fulltime Killer (Chuen jik sat sau).
From Up On Poppy Hill – Kokuriko-zaka kara
Directed by: Goro Miyazaki
Details: Second movie directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of the master of animation Hayao Miyazaki, who wrote the movie. “Kokuriko Manor sits on a hill overlooking the harbour. A 16 year-old girl, Umi, lives in that house. Every morning she raises a signal flag facing the sea. The flag means “I pray for safe voyages”. A 17 year-old boy, Shun, always sees this flag from the sea as he rides a tugboat to school. In preparation for next year’s Tokyo Olympics, people are destroying the old and believing only in the magnificence of the new. In that time, at a high school in Yokohama, a small struggle occurred. The building of the Culture Club, nicknamed Quartier Latin, is old but full of history and memories. Should it be destroyed or preserved? In the middle of this, Umi and Shun meet. Shun appeals to the students who want to protect the building. Umi suggests a big clean up of the building to show its good parts. Gradually the pair are drawn to each other but they are faced with a sudden trial. They may be siblings. Even so, they keep going without running from reality. Then, in the middle of the battle and the aftermath, they come to know how their parents met, loved and lived”. (wikipedia.com)
Directed by: Shion Sono
Details: New movie from the director of the crazy movies Suicide Club, Noriko’s Dinner Table, Hair Extentions… “Sumida and his schoolmate Keiko are 14 year old school kids living a dystopian existence where each of their parents’ hopes and encourages them to die. Set in tsunami-hit areas of Japan about May 2011, which is used as a backdrop, the story follows roughly that of the manga of the same name wherein Sumida fights frequently with his father, is abandoned by his mother and tends to reject friendly advances of others. Eventually, assuming his life is ruined, attempts to improve society by killing “bad” people.” (imdb.com)
King of Pigs – Dwae-ji-ui wang
Country: South Korea
Directed by: Sang-ho Yeon
Details: “A mature, dark and violent film trying to prove, once again, that South Korea can also produce quality animated films – that’s why the producers hope to screen the film at Cannes ’12. Now the story, 2 former-middle school classmates whose lives have turned to shit are meeting again, discussing about their middle school days. And discover something terrifying…” (wildgrounds.com).
Life Without Principle – Dyut meng gam
Directed by: Johnnie To
Genre: Crime/ Drama
Details: Another Johnnie To movie! “Three people – a criminal, a bank officer and a cop – end up in a catastrophic situation in the midst of a global economical crisis and are forced to betray any morals and principles to solve their financial problems”. (imdb.com). Again I say: if you don’t know Johnnie To’s works, you really should. This man has directed some of the finest Hong Kong crime movies.
Me and You – Io e Te
Directed by: Bernardo Bertolucci
Details: After almost ten years Bernardo Bertolucci directs a new movie. “The story centers on Lorenzo, a 14-year-old boy who tells his parents that he went on a ski trip, only to hide out in the basement to try and help his much older half-sister, Olivia, shak off her addiction to heroin…” Based on a book by Niccolò Ammaniti. At first, this movie was going to be released in 3D, but Bertolucci changed his mind and called 3D “vulgarly commercial”.
Mishima – 11·25 jiketsu no hi: Mishima Yukio to wakamono-tachi
Directed by: Kôji Wakamatsu
Details: Focus on the last days of the great writer Yukio Mishima. Mishima was a highly controversial man that committed seppuku after a failed coup d’état. Some of his works are among my favorites and it will be interesting to see Mishima last days through the eyes of an amazing Japanese director. Mishima: “What transforms this world is — knowledge. Do you see what I mean? Nothing else can change anything in this world. Knowledge alone is capable of transforming the world, while at the same time leaving it exactly as it is. When you look at the world with knowledge, you realize that things are unchangeable and at the same time are constantly being transformed” (goodreads.com)
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Details: Wes Anderson is one of my favorite directors. All of his movies are, in my humble opinion, masterpieces. I expect no less with Moonrise Kingdom. “Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, Moonrise Kingdom follows a young boy and girl falling in love. When they are moved to run away together, various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down – which might not be such a bad thing.” (rushmoreacademy.com)
Nameless Gangster – Bumchoiwaui junjaeng
Country: South Korea
Directed by: Jong-bin Yun
Genre: Crime/ Drama
Details: Min-sik Choi stars Nameless Crime. No more info needed! ;). “A corrupted customs officer, Choi Ik-hyeon, faces losing his job. Then, his life turns around as he meets ganster Choi Hyeong-bae who has connection with the Yakuza. They quickly form a partnetship; Hyeong-bae helps Ik-hyeon set up a business with the money from drug trafficking while Ik-hyeon lobbies for his partner Hyeong-bae. As the government declares war on crime, however, their partnership begins to crack. (hancinema.net)
Outrage 2 – Autoreiji 2
Directed by: Takeshi Kitano
Details: The follow up to Autoreiji, there aren’t many info about the plot, but Kitano is back to the sleazy Japanese world of drug dealer gangs filled with violence. His works are always worth checking as Kitano is indeed one of Japan’s finest artist. One more info: “Right now, all we know about this film is that Kitano’s character is back, and the shooting is set to start in April 2012 – it was voluntarily delayed after the March ’11 earthquake”. (wildgrounds.com)
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Details: Another movie with Michael Fassbender, also featuring Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce. “A team of scientists journey through the universe on the spaceship “Prometheus” on a voyage to investigate Alien life forms. The team of scientists becomes stranded on an Alien world, and as they struggle to survive it becomes clear that the horrors they experience are not just a threat to themselves, but to all of mankind.” (imdb.com)
Directed by: Chan-wook Park
Genre: Drama/ Thriller/ Horror
Details: “A teenage girl mourning the death of her father deals with an uncle who mysteriously shows up to meet the family”. (imdb.com). First Hollywood movie by the great South Korean director Chan-wook Park (Oldboy, Mr. Vengeance, Lady Vengeance, Thirst). Written by Wentworth Miller, Stoker features Nicole Kidman, Dermot Mulroney and Mia Wasikowska.