Once again our scouts have been scouring the movie landscape for upcoming films. This time we found posters, images, and trailers for Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, Red Lights, and Branded.
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
The Story: A reimagining of a 1962 Japanese film, this one tells the story of revenge, honor, and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord.
The Filmmakers: Directed by Takashi Miike and stars Ebizô Ichikawa Kôji Yakusho.
The Status: Locked on Target. I haven't seen the original but I never say no to a samurai flick and Miike has proven himself to be a director who is always worth watching. The movie comes out July 20.
The Story: Veteran paranormal researchers Dr. Margaret Matheson and Tom Buckley debunk fraudulent claims of psychic powers. But when the legendary blind psychic Simon Silver comes out of retirement after 30 years, his once-fearless adversary Matheson warns Buckley to back off, fearing reprisal from the powerful Silver.
The Filmmakers: Written and directed by Rodrigo Cortés and starring Sigorney Weaver, Cillian Murphy, and Robert DeNiro.
The Status: On the Radar. I'm not much for films that approach psychic powers or magic or whatever with skepticism except for one person who then apprently has them (or does he?) but I like the actors very much and the trailer looks pretty good so I'll hold out until the DVD release. Red Lights hits theatres July 13.
The Story: Set in a dystopian future where corporate brands have created a disillusioned population, one man's effort to unlock the truth behind the conspiracy will lead to an epic battle with hidden forces that control the world.
The Filmmakers: Written and directed by Jamie Bradshaw and Aleksandr Dulerayn and starring Ed Stoppard, Leelee Sobieski, Jeffrey Tambor, and Max Von Sydow.
The Status: On the Radar. From the trailer those hidden forces that control the world appear to be alien. Extraterrestrial monsters that use advertisements as a way to control the population is a pretty interesting idea. From what we can see of this movie it could either be a really encapsulating thriller or extraordinarily dumb. Unless the reviews are really good, I'll be waiting for this to come out on DVD. Branded will be released on September 7