Some of this year’s best films have come our way from far away lands, and unsurprisingly, some of my own favorites come from Asian countries like South Korea (Confession of Murder), China (A Touch of Sin), and Japan (R100). Next year looks to be no different, but instead of waiting for our first glimpse by way of trailers approved for English-speaking audiences I’ve decided to go straight to the source.
Subtitles be damned!
While a trailer for a foreign language drama or comedy might be impossible to gauge without English subtitles the three I’ve chosen below make it pretty damn clear what they’re all about, and in all three cases it’s all I need to know. I’m in. Of course it helps that they’re also the latest films from Andy Lau, Chow Yun-fat, and Indonesia’s The Mo Brothers.
Check out three fantastic trailers below.
First up is Andy Lau’s newest blockbuster, Firestorm. The film just opened to boffo box-office in China, and this minute-long trailer is enough to show you why. The 52 year old superstar is continuing to show Hollywood’s own aging action stars how it should be done by moving between big budget epics like this and less explosive ones like his recent Johnnie To film, Blind Detective.
In addition to Lau’s signature cool factor though the film looks to be packed to the edges of the frame with massive shootouts, carnage, and destruction. Even better, the vast majority of it looks to be accomplished using practical effects instead of CGI garbage that Hollywood is so fond of. The film follows a detective forced to abandon his moral code if he wants to stop a ruthless gang of thieves for good, and I can’t say as I blame him
Next we have the latest from Chow Yun-fat who also continues to never age or stop being a suave SOB. The Man From Macau stars Chow as a high-stakes gambler who may or may not be Ko Chun, the same character he played in the classic 1989 film, God of Gamblers. I say that because while this film began life as just the latest in a long string of Ko Chun incarnations it has since gone through a few changes. This includes a titles change from God of Gamblers 4: Casino, so who really knows what’s happening at this point.
The film also stars Nicholas Tse and the frequently hilarious Chapman To, but judging by the trailer below the movie may still not yet know exactly what it wants to be. It looks like a mix of Ocean’s Eleven, The Thieves, and Now You See Me, but the tone jumps around a bit too. The whole thing is worth a watch, and I implore you to stay with it to the end.
And finally, we’re going out with a bang with the first look at the Mo Brothers’ upcoming Killers. Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto (collectively known as the Mo Brothers) are making their long-awaited follow-up to 2009’s wonderfully gory and bloody Macabre, but it’s not as if they’ve been completely idle these past four years. They contributed one of the best and most disturbing entries for The ABCs of Death with “L is for Libido,” and Timo also co-directed the gloriously fucked up V/H/S/2 segment, “Safe Haven” with Gareth Evans.
Killers follows two men, one a serial killer of women and the other a journalist turned vigilante, who meet cute online and enter into a competition of sorts. As evidenced by the following trailer, massive amounts of stylish slaughter and violent bloodshed follows. The film will premiere at Sundance next month. (h/t Twitch)
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