Posting this a little early as I’ll be travelling tomorrow and may end up stuck in snow. 🙂
I can’t find the list of films I originally had in mind for this week’s Trailer Weekly (must have accidentally closed the browser window), but here are some fine alternatives (though I’m still hoping to remember that website as there were a few bookmark-worthy films on it):
- 最爱 (Love For Life / Till Death Do Us Part, China, 2011) – Ziyi Zhang (of 臥虎藏龍/Wo hu cang long/Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fame) and Aaron Kwok star in a drama set in a small Chinese village, were illegal blood trade is rampant and has given people not only money, but also HIV. With AIDS on the rise in China, the film treads into important taboo territory.
- 钢的琴 (Gang de qin/The Piano in a Factory, China, 2011) – In order to win over his daughter and gain custody after divorcing her newly rich mother, Chen sets about building a piano from scratch.
- ジョゼと虎と魚たち (Joze to tora to sakana tachi/Josee, the Tiger and the Fish, Japan, 2003) – Looking for more films with Tsumabuki Satoshi, who got my attention in 보트 / ノーボーイズ、ノークライ (Bo-teu/Boat aka No Boys, No Cry, 2009), I came across Joze to tora to sakana tachi – a quirky love story of a college student and a young woman with cerebal palsy – which seems to offer the kind of sensitive character study I enjoy.
- 观音山 (Guan Yin Shan/Buddha Mountain, China, 2011) – twitchfilm praised this one as “one of the best examples of Chinese Independent Cinema and a rare voice of disillusionment amongst a youth seemingly more proudly nationalistic than ever”. I see it stars Li Da Ren (i.e. Chen Bo Lin, aka Chen Berlin) from the recent promising-to-terrible Taiwanese drama 我可能不會愛你 (Wo Ke Neng Bu Hui Ai Ni/In Time with You). Not a fan of the film poster though.
- 나무없는 산 (Na-moo-eobs-neun San/Treeless Mountain, Korea, 2008) – A story of two young sisters that are abandoned by their mother and, left in the care of an alcoholic aunt, must find a way to survive on their own.
- Children of Invention (USA, 2009) – An American indie with the same basic premise as Treeless Mountain, two siblings (a boy and his younger sister in this case) have to fend for themselves when their mother disappears. This one I have been wanting to see since first hearing about it a couple of years back, but was only reminded of it again when coming across Treeless Mountain.
- 고지전 (Go-ji-jeon/The Front Line, Korea, 2011) – A trailer for Korea’s official entry for the Foreign Language Academy Award was added on Apple’s trailer website this week. Given that trailers for Korean films are quite rare on that site, that’s worth noting.