The Noteworthy: Senses 67, Fincher's "Downtown", "Mahjong", "Kurosawa: The Last Emperor"

 News.

  • John Woo is set to make his next film, The Crossing, starring Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang Ziyi, and Song Hye Kyo. From the press release: "The Crossing is about three couples from different backgrounds whose lives are affected by the tide of history. They survive war and disaster to finally find happiness."
  • Jafar Panahi made a surprise appearance at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival via Skype. According to Variety, Panahi introduced a screening of his new film, Closed Curtain:

"Karlovy Vary festival is one of the festivals I truly love, and when I was here I had the chance to meet with great filmmakers who became part of my family. Unfortunately I have lost that family, but my heart is with you."

  • Notebook all-star Ryland Walker Knight is looking to GoFundMe to crowdfund his new short film, Inside Voices. We're looking forward to following along the progress of his production. If you're interested in supporting the film, click here.

Finds.

"At first glance, Drug War (2012) seems an unusual film for Johnnie To Kei-fung and his Milkyway Image company to make. For one thing, this Mainland production lacks the surface sheen of To’s Hong Kong projects. Shot in wintry Jinhai, a northern port city, and in the central city of Erzhou, it presents stretches of industrial wasteland and bleak superhighways. As a result, To’s characteristic audacious stylization gives way to a bare-bones look. The saturated palette of The Longest Nite (1998) and A Hero Never Dies (1998) is gone, replaced by metallic grays and frosty blues. Hong Kong heartthrob Louis Koo, rapidly becoming To’s jeune premier, is bluntly deglamorized—first glimpsed spewing foam as he tries to steer his car, then moving through the film with a blistered face and a bandaged nose. The noir-flavored Exiled (2006) made its steamy Macau locales seem exquisitely somber and menacing, but Drug War’s early scenes in a hospital have a mundane, documentary quality. Little in To’s earlier work prepares us for the grubby scene of drug mules groaning as they shit out plastic pods of dope."

  • Above: Mondo will be releasing a new limited edition poster for Joe Dante's Gremlins, designed by Drew Millward.

From the archives.

"Made for television broadcast in 1999 by British cult-director icon Alex Cox, the documentary Kurosawa: The Last Emperor is a thorough historical chronicle of, naturally, the life and work of Akira Kurosawa. Cox gives the legendary Japanese director an extensive profiling, utilizing the details of ruminations and anecdotes from interviews with family, cast and crew colleagues, friends, and numerous filmmakers. These are incorporated with a wealth of footage from many of Kurosawa’s films, and the result is an informative nonfiction portrait that provides but just one perspective on the multifaceted legacy of one of cinema’s greatest artists."

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  • Mac

    Ferrara plus Dafoe plus Pasolini equals awesome.

    And, for the record, I am in love with Rooney Mara. She is the only current youngerish actress who has any of the magic and mystery of the old legendary Hollywood movie stars. She reminds me of Garbo and Louise Brooks.

  • Ryland Walker Knight

    Thanks dudes.

  • Yusuf Copan

    I wish the Kalvin Klein ad were a trailer. I’d watch two hours of Fincher filming Rooney Mara any day.

  • John Lehtonen

    Man Coppola you don’t even drink

  • James

    www.soundcloud.com/bonecity

  • CodyLang

    I read Mahjong in the article synopsis and thought you were talking about Yang’s film. Still cool post though about the short film. Anyone know how audiences in Canada can watch Yang’s less popular films (A Confucian Confusion, Mahjong, and Taipei Story)?

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