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AICN & Twitch Present International Eye Candy! Miike's Zebraman 2! Waititi's Boy! Besson's ADELE BLANC-SEC & Much More!

It’s the end of the year as we know it and it’s time to go out in style. Yes, kids, it’s Todd from Twitch here with the final International Eye Candy of the year! What have we got? A creepy Karel Roden! The return of Takashi Miike’s ZEBRAMAN! Luc Besson sending pterodactyls swooping over Victorian era Paris! German spies! British serial killers! Rampant gunplay on the streets of Hong Kong! And away we go! We’ll start with the Hong Kong gunplay, shall we? Acclaimed director Derek Yee has loaded his upcoming TRIPLE TAP with both stars and bullets, the Louis Koo and Daniel Wu starring thriller being set in the world of competitive shooting. You know, where the guns are more accurate and hold more bullets. The first teaser takes a very simple approach to the material: shoot a lot of stuff. Find the TRIPLE TAP teaser here If you prefer fewer firearms in your thrillers, then may I suggest upcoming Czech picture THE EYE IN THE WALL. Karel Roden gets out of the ‘creepy European guy’ box that Hollywood seems to hold him in when he works here to take the lead in what looks to be a smartly atmospheric, very Hitchcock inspired thriller. An impossibly craggy Jurgen Prochnow co-stars. An earlier teaser made an earlier edition of the IEC and this one returns now with the full trailer. Find the EYE IN THE WALL trailer here Trying to summarize a Gregory Hatanaka film is a bit of a losing game. His previous feature, MAD COWGIRL, featured STAR TREK’s Walter Koenig as a lusty preacher having an affair with a deranged woman on a killing spree and was an absolutely crazy mashup of styles and influences. His latest, VIOLENT BLUE, looks even stranger. I have absolutely no clue what this is actually about and I suspect that is part of the point. Find the VIOLENT BLUE trailer here It’s our first of two entries from Japanese writer Kankuro Kudo here, the man being much loved by cult film fans as the screen writer of PINGPONG and ZEBRAMAN and director of YAJI AND KITA and THE SHONEN MERIKENSACK. Kudo’s kind of a force of nature in Japan - a popular comedian and musician, a film director and an award winning playwright and screen writer. If it has anything to do with mass media, Kudo probably does it and does it remarkably well. And this effort is an odd one ... Beginning life as a Kudo-penned stage play, KAGEROU TOUGE is a swordplay fantasy backed by a theatrical troupe known for their extreme, manga-inspired approach to theatre. A couple of their productions have been adapted into full blooded film productions but with TOUGE they went another road, filming a number of live performances in high definition, then editing them together and augmenting the results with bursts of animation. It’s not really theatre any more and not really film, either. It’s something different. Find the KAGEROU TOUGE trailer here Up next is a bit of a stunt pulled by PUSHER director Nicolas Winding Refn, who unleashed VINNIE & MARIO upon the world as though it was a trailer for a new feature. Starring veteran US character actors David Proval and John Capodice – trust me, you know their faces if not their names – it’s violent, funny stuff that arrived without a word of warning, just a promised theatrical release date. Yeah, that’s not going to happen ... this is actually a Refn-directed TV ad for a Danish travel agency, the first of four that the Dane has shot, but man I wish it were real ... Find VINNIE & MARIO here Any fans of DISTRICT 9 out there? While Neil Blomkamp tends to get all the attention for the scifi feature – and deservedly so, really – there are a number of others who played key roles in the development of that South African surprise. One of them is producer and special effects artist Simon Hansen. Hansen produced and did effects work on ALIVE IN JOBURG – the short that would later be expanded into DISTRICT 9 – and is currently wrapping post on the Rutger Hauer starring feature SPOON, which Hansen co-directs with DISTRICT 9 star Sharlto Copley. Point being that this South African phenomenon was actually the product of a pretty tight knit community and while Blomkamp may be the one getting the attention now other names will soon be following. And Hansen’s ascent may very well begin at this year’s Sundance festival, where a new short he produced and did effects work on is screening. Titled PUMZI it is a near future scifi short directed by Kenya’s Wanuri Kahiu. We know what happened last time Hansen produced a short ... history may well repeat here. There is no proper trailer yet – I’m told they’ll be cutting one next week – but an extended clip is available online. Take a peek at PUMZI here Alejandro Amenabar is having a good year. Despite a mixed response in Cannes, his epic feature AGORA is a huge hit in Spain and he is about to follow up his directorial effort with another project which features him in the producer’s role. Directed by Oskar Santos, EL MAL AJENO looks to be a slick thriller about a doctor targeted for vengeance after his treatment of a depressed woman fails and, with the director of THE OTHERS and OPEN YOUR EYES serving as producer ... well, let’s just say Amenabar knows a thing or two about creating an effective thriller. Find the EL MAL AJENO trailer here Because putting a sword in the hands of a teenage girl, I present the trailer for BUSHIDO 16. Adapted from a popular manga, this one stars a pair of young up and comers as high school girls training in kendou and while the first teaser is very much just a tease it is also a tease that makes a clever play on Tarantino’s KILL BILL. Find the BUSHIDO 16 here You may not have noticed yet but there’s an international spy revival in full swing. Or, to be more accurate, an international spy-comedy revival. The French were the first to jump on board, reviving their popular OSS 117 character to great success and now the German’s are into the game with JERRY COTTON. A revival of a character that featured in a whopping eight films in just four years in the 1960s, JERRY COTTON is a spoof on Germany’s view of the CIA. An earlier teaser has just been followed by the full trailer which features plenty of goofy slapstick but also some very clever and slickly executed action. Very nice. Find the JERRY COTTON trailer here Just like there can never be too many teenage girl with sword movies apparently there can also never be too many Asian teen youth gone wrong films. And in that vein I present the full trailer for Taiwanese youth gang film MONGA. Yes, this has all been done before. And, yes, it will all be done again. But that keeps happening because when done well these things are just plain entertaining and this one looks to do it rather well indeed. Find the MONGA trailer here Screening as a special presentation at Slamdance, UK serial killer picture TONY is an odd beast. Which is also true of its title character, I suppose. More a character study of the titular killer than anything else, this is raw but potent stuff built around a truly memorable central performance and one of the grimier presentations of London ever put on screen. I’m not particularly convinced that this is the sort of film that trailerizes well – it’s much better taken as a whole than in moments – but the trailer has arrived nonetheless. Say hello to TONY here Fans of Wes Anderson, Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, Garth Jennings and Jared Hess, stop whatever else you may be doing and take a look at the trailer for BOY right now. The latest from the director of EAGLE VERSUS SHARK, this sweetly absurd coming of age tale about a Michael Jackson obsessed aboriginal boy reconnecting with his fresh-out-of-jail father will be premiering at Sundance boasts the most charming trailer I have seen all year. Easily. Find the BOY trailer here Okay, everyone out there disappointed with the latest instalment of INDIANA JONES, it’s time to fall in love all over again, this time with intrepid Parisian newspaper reporter ADELE BLANC-SEC. Adapted from the popular graphic novels by THE FIFTH ELEMENT director Luc Besson, ADELE promises the sort of serialized action adventure that fans are hungry for and while Adele herself does not appear in the first teaser, what does appear is a pterodactyl swooping over early 1900s Paris. Find the ADELE BLANC-SEC teaser here Takeshi Miike’s stripy superhero is back! ZEBRAMAN 2 – once again penned by Kankuro Kudo – hits Japanese screens in May but the first teaser has already arrived! The original ZEBRAMAN still stands as one of my absolute favourite Miike films and this one simply cannot come soon enough. The teaser promises more of what made the original great, only on a slightly larger scale this time. It’s Zebra Time! Find the ZEBRAMAN 2 teaser here

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  • Dec. 30, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST

    I don't know...

    by wampa 1

    ...but it sure smells good!

  • Dec. 30, 2009, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Sorry About The Gina Carano Spam

    by whateverworks

    I get excited and have trouble containing it. Her movie will start filming soon.

  • Dec. 30, 2009, 5:41 p.m. CST


    by Immortal_Fish

    I have GOT to look that movie up!

  • Dec. 30, 2009, 6:16 p.m. CST

    I wonder if any of the CoC will com around

    by Continentalop

    Now that there is WOTM?

  • Dec. 30, 2009, 6:18 p.m. CST

    That Adèle chick...

    by carlanga

    she's hot!

  • Dec. 30, 2009, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Yo Conti.....

    by DrMorbius

    Happy New Year! Bood Luck with your MMA.

  • Dec. 30, 2009, 7 p.m. CST

    Yay Twitch!

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    The best column on AICN...RETURNS!

  • Dec. 30, 2009, 7:05 p.m. CST

    I'm liking the looks of TONY

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    I thought it was a biography of Tony Blair but am pleased to see i'm wrong.

  • Dec. 30, 2009, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Happy new year Wampa 1!

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    Nobody ever talks to you but i will. I hope you're okay and that you had a good Christmas. <p>I also hope you have a great 2010 and that everything smells good for you on New Years eve.

  • Dec. 30, 2009, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Aboriginal boy?

    by Hamish

    He's a Maori. From New Zealand. Kinda like Taika Waititi.

  • Dec. 30, 2009, 8:52 p.m. CST

    ZEBRAMAN 2??!!

    by gotilk

    NO. WAY.

  • Dec. 30, 2009, 10:30 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    It would seem that the CoC has truly forsaken AICN.

  • Dec. 30, 2009, 10:33 p.m. CST


    by twitchfilm

    hamo455: Aboriginal isn't a country specific term, it simply means the original inhabitants of any particular region. The Maori are New Zealand's aboriginal people ...

  • Dec. 30, 2009, 10:37 p.m. CST

    fucking dead in here

    by Six Demon Bag

  • Dec. 30, 2009, 10:40 p.m. CST


    by Xiphos_2

    This entire place is is circling the drain FAST.

  • Dec. 30, 2009, 10:53 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Unfortunately, I agree (hence my near-forsakeness...).

  • Dec. 30, 2009, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Love Zebraman

    by Cinemanimetal

    Hope Zebraman 2 lives up to the first one!

  • Dec. 31, 2009, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Anyone remember...??

    by sputo

    a while back here on the twitch column, a trailer for a movie where an actor gets tricked into torture porn movies was posted, the main character is (if i remember correctly) an ex russian porn actor playing himself, or something like that.. what was the title?

  • Dec. 31, 2009, 3:31 a.m. CST


    by Xiphos_2

    you know where everybody got off to so if you want to come around the invitation is open ended.

  • Dec. 31, 2009, 5:05 a.m. CST

    What destroyed Jerry Cotton for me...

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    ...was Christian Ulmen. One of Germany's most wooden and untalented actors (and former MTV host). I got no idea how this guy became so successful :P

  • Dec. 31, 2009, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Well, it sure is quiet around here

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    *Voice echoes*

  • Dec. 31, 2009, 7:28 a.m. CST

    I agree w/ Xiphos (Noted_Sage)

    by Sal_Bando

    MrGeyser. This site here is just so *MEH* now. Seriously. Jennifer Jones and Roy Disney pass, Harold can't be bothered to obit'em, but wowwee WOWSERS! 55 reviews of Gay Werewolves vs. Neon Vampires! Gee thanks guys. <p> MrGeyser and The PaZoozoo would enjoy the CofC. It's Goat-Free.

  • Dec. 31, 2009, 7:42 a.m. CST

    maybe you should do a follow-up to this twitch...

    by just pillow talk

    when they come out on DVD. Cause I'm always going to forget some of these puppies, but would most definitely like to check them out on vid.

  • Dec. 31, 2009, 7:46 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    ...down da toobs. <p> The biggest tell? No dedicated talkback for the Avatar premiere. WTF? <p> Haters, trolls and cunts rule this place now with everyone else asleep at the wheel. Except Merrick with his shameless hit-baiting ("Dustin Hoffman as Bilbo. What do you guys think?")

  • Dec. 31, 2009, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Arise Sir Picard..... congrats;)

    by theDannerDaliel

  • Dec. 31, 2009, 8:22 a.m. CST

    speaking of Avatar...I actually saw it

    by just pillow talk

    And all I can say is THAT is why we go to the movies. <p>DocP - makes the Stallone Q&A's seem even longer ago, yes?

  • Dec. 31, 2009, 8:27 a.m. CST

    I've been here a few years now...

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    ..and the TB's have always been filled with "Haters, trolls and cunts" as far as I can recall? <p>I will admit that the quality of the articles has diminished somewhat. I certainly don't remember everything being a link to another website when i first started coming here.

  • Dec. 31, 2009, 8:30 a.m. CST


    by just pillow talk

    There is no doubt that the "cool" part of the website has deteriorated over that last few years. It has gotten lazy in terms of reporting news. Perhaps it's time for the "old guard" to step down and be replaced by new dudes who actually report new stuff?

  • Dec. 31, 2009, 8:37 a.m. CST


    by IAmMrMonkey!

    That actually could be a good idea. We should start a mutiny!

  • Dec. 31, 2009, 8:38 a.m. CST


    by just pillow talk

    AICNtar. Where the blue people at?

  • Dec. 31, 2009, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Hey fellas

    by Hawaiian Organ Donor

    I like your suggestion Pillow. I'm going to start doing a foreign DVD release over on AIBN so that you can keep track of when this stuff becomes available. I'll do that in the new year.

  • Dec. 31, 2009, 8:53 a.m. CST

    I can't believe

    by Series7

    Luc did another Aurthors movie. The first one was not a hit, not even world wide.

  • Dec. 31, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST

    About the old guard stepping down

    by Immortal_Fish

    Not saying it couldn't work, but hasn't that been happening al along? Mirajeff and Mori are gone. Beaks arrived, AmbushBug made a splash for a while, and Capone stepped up his reporting (unfortunately).

  • Dec. 31, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST


    by twitchfilm

    The film you're thinking of is called A Serbian Film ... they just finished post on it, so it should be on the 2010 fest circuit.

  • Dec. 31, 2009, 1:48 p.m. CST

    HAPPY 1997 Folks!

    by orcus

    Is Orcus late to the party?

  • Dec. 31, 2009, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Happy New Year folks

    by Continentalop

    A lot of you guys I see at the Pedalback, WotM & AIBN, but to Orcus, Fred, Dirk the well-hung Amoeba, Chipps...have a great 2010.

  • Dec. 31, 2009, 3:51 p.m. CST

    A Serbian Film

    by sputo

    thanks a lot twitchfilm!...been trying for days to remember

  • Dec. 31, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Wizards of the Magic?

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    Way of the MacGyver?<p>Words of the Masters?<p>Waves of the Movement?<p>Wonders of the Mystics?<p>Worms of the Mint?<p>Okay. I give up. I have no idea what this WotM thing is.

  • Dec. 31, 2009, 11:24 p.m. CST


    by Xiphos_2

    Happy New Year. KatheyBates WOTM is a site created by talkbackers that use to frequent this TalkBack. Happy New year to you by the way.

  • Jan. 1, 2010, 7:28 a.m. CST

    HAPPY 2003!

    by orcus

    To one and all!. Xi does WOTM have a link?

  • Jan. 1, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Orcus! I'm a master detective!

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    I'm Sherlock Holmes!<P>

  • Jan. 1, 2010, 10:55 a.m. CST


    by Xiphos_2

    KathyBates is correct.

  • Jan. 1, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Happy New Year Todd Twitch & CoC's

    by buffywrestling

    but especially Marva, who doesn't take names to kickass.

  • Jan. 1, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST


    by Xiphos_2

    Check out the link KathyBates provided.

  • Jan. 1, 2010, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Oh neat! Bookedmarked for lurking

    by buffywrestling

  • Jan. 1, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Buffy Feel Free to join in

    by Xiphos_2

  • Jan. 1, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    takashi miike

    by ZombiManos

    i currently own 19 miike films on dvd...he is the only director that i pretty much know i am going to enjoy owning any film by...every film is different and i hope more and more people discover him over time...

  • Jan. 2, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Happy New Year, Todd...

    by ThereWolf

    and to all the hardcore talkback Twitch-ers.<p>It's a shame to see this Tb languishing off the chart.

  • July 4, 2011, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Happy new year everyone!

    by orcus

    Orcus needs a new watch

  • April 24, 2012, 5:06 a.m. CST

    Happy New Year

    by orcus

    Before the World ends