29 August 2016

“Seoul Station” - South Korean Animated Zombie Outbreak Film Coming To Singapore Screens

WIKI PLOT: "Taking place in and around Seoul station, a man sleeping rough is the catalyst for a zombie apocalypse. Through this a young runaway woman must try to survive in a world that sees her as disposable." (Wiki)

IMDB PLOT: ”Several groups of people try to survive a zombie pandemic that unleashes itself in downtown Seoul.” (IMDb)

Launched August 18th in South Korea is the animated movie “SEOUL STATION” - which is essentially a prequel to the live-action film Train to Busan by the same director, Sang-ho Yeon, with this an hour and a half animated feature starring the voices of Ryu Seung-ryong (as Dad), Shim Eun-kyung (as Daughter) and Lee Joon (as Boyfriend).

Prior to the launch, the film was shown at the 2016 Edinburgh Film Festival - circa June 2016 - and the 34th Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF). The trailer is reposted below for your gawking pleasures…

“Animated Zomibes” = I’d like to watch that! With the success that Train To Busan has seen on Singapore’s screens, “Seoul Station” has since been scheduled to debut on SG screens (via Golden Village) on September 22nd!

A Design Film Festival Singapore 2016 (Sept 3-11)

MESSAGE FROM THE ORGANISERS: "A Design Film Festival with no branding and no theme is a quiet irony. The creative impulse naturally tends towards abundance and grand designs in its full expression, and chaos and surfeit in its most unskilled. To be quiet is to rein in such impulse, and to watch and listen. Cinema is a creative act that watches and listens for meaning and beauty that move the spirit. That is what is sought—the masterstroke, the empty vessel that contains the fullest potential. Having no theme and no design is not nihilistic; it is rather to clarify, to let go of the extraneous, to come to the essential and the essence, the silence and emptiness from which creation can be born." (Facebook Events)

A Design Film Festival (DFF) returns to Singapore from September 3rd to September 11th, 2016, showing at Capitol Theatre and Shaw Theatres Lido. Essentially weekend showings (3 & 4th, 10 & 11th) and that sole Friday Sept 9th.

In the world of TOYSREVIL, this would be a swell compendium to STGCC2016 (Sept 10-11, 2016), but alas my body is weak, while my mind is suitably excited and spirited :p

Tickets are available via www.designfilmfestival.com, with each entry priced at SG$15.00. And these are the films being shown, trailers shown below;

Crazy about Tiffany’s
In Pursuit of Silence
Jheronimus Bosch
Original Copy
The First Monday in May
The Happy Film
We are X
Yohji Yamamoto | Dressmaker

T: +65 6440 7330
E: info@designfilmfestival.com
W: www.designfilmfestival.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/designfilmfestival
Twitter: twitter.com/adesignfilmfest
Instagram: www.instagram.com/madebyanonymous

#WhoAreTheGuardians? A Closer Look at LER in #Zaschitniki

WHO-IS: "He is armed with all forms of earth manipulation abilities, and is able to control stone and soil, collect dust from boulders, stop falling rocks, and move mountains. He can cause rocks of any size and amount to levitate and fly as if weightless, as well as orbit him.

He can cause the ground to break apart under his enemies feet with great precision in what parts break and what shape the subsequent depression makes. This allows him to form instant craters, canyons, ravines, and sink holes to fight his opponents, though these formations are usually small in scale. Being able to cause quakes and tremors in the ground beneath his opponents, such as making the ground under them erupt and explode.

He can summon rock onto his body, covering himself in rock to make an exoskeletal armor to physically enhance himself. Along with his abilities, he is armed with a small chain with a large rock cemented on its end, which he can use as a type of flail."
(Info Wiki / Poster via IMDb)

“LER” THE LANDMAN is played by actor Sebastien Sisak. “Elemental” powers are always fascinating, especially for Earth, Wind, Fire and Water - two of whom are represented in this squad. Although “Ler” looks like he is dressed as a “period warrior” (“time traveller”? "Nomadic tribe"?), here’s hoping his tribe rocks the urban jungle ;)

(Below Concept Art via blog.adlo.es)

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В кадре Сисак Себастьян, @leshasmoliar и Валерия Шкирандо)

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What Was Thor Up To During Captain America: Civil War

Remember that “Thor x Hulk” parody video Marvel screened at San Diego Comic Con 2016 (July 20-24), that folks talked about on the www but had no footage to show (except for THAT ONE pic of the “Purple Man” who is always sitting)?

Here’s that video clip.

I should be laughing alongside the fanboys and fangirls on the www, I know, but this is really cringe-worthy, mate! A cheeky wank-in-your-face, and peeps laud them for this? HAHAHAHA - And probably why MARVEL trumps DC Comics in the "Self-Deprecation Humour" (which I now term "S.D.H.") and wins the accolades of the (Western) masses, I reckon!

In promotion of the upcoming Digital launch of “Captain America: Civil War”, ”See what Thor was up to during Captain America Civil War! Get this and other bonus on Digital HD 9/2.”

#MISSHOKUSAI - Trailer & Poster

Check out the new trailer and poster from GKIDS' animated coming-of-age tale MISS HOKUSAI. From award-winning director Keiichi Hara (Colorful) and Japanese powerhouse Production I.G (creators of Ghost in the Shell), the remarkable story of the daughter behind one of history's most famous artists, Hokusai, opens in select theaters on October 14th.

PRESS: "”From award-winning director Keiichi Hara (Colorful) and Japanese powerhouse Production I.G (creators of Ghost in the Shell) comes a remarkable story of the daughter behind one of history's most famous artists.

As all of Edo flocks to see the work of the revered painter Hokusai, his daughter O-Ei toils diligently inside his studio. Her masterful portraits, dragons and erotic sketches- sold under the name of her father- are coveted by upper crust Lords and journeyman print makers alike. Shy and reserved in public, in the studio O-Ei is as brash and uninhibited as her father, smoking a pipe while sketching drawings that would make contemporary Japanese ladies blush.

But despite this fiercely independent spirit, O-Ei struggles under the domineering influence of her father and is ridiculed for lacking the life experience that she is attempting to portray in her art. Miss Hokusai's bustling Edo (present day Tokyo) is filled with yokai spirits, dragons, and conniving tradesmen, while O-Ei's relationships with her demanding father and blind younger sister provide a powerful emotional underpinning to this sumptuously-animated coming-of-age tale.”"

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26 August 2016

#WhoAreTheGuardians? ARSUS in #Zaschitniki

WHO-IS: "Arsus is a type of berserker or werebear, and has the ability to transform himself into a large bear, though he can control how much of his body is transformed and can transform partially if he wills it.

This transformation ability can allow him to seamlessly alter his size, bulk and musculature and transform himself into a burly humanoid, as well as use his transformations to physically augment himself.

He has multiple phases of transformation due to his ability to partially transform. His phases can make him physically a hybrid between bear and human, such as giving him the head, paws and bulk of a bear and the shape of a man."
DESCRIPTION CONTINUES: "He is armed with minigun in battle, which he carries on his back when fully transformed. He can also use his inhuman physicality to fight, especially when he is full bear form. With this, no normal person can physically overpower him and he is immune to their strength. Desperate, loyal and determined, he is known for his drive to "break the enemy into small pieces"." (Info Wiki / Poster via IMDb)

“ARSUS” THE WILDMAN is played by Anton Pampushniy (below-right). Folks online are going batsh*t over the WereBear with a gaitling gun, and rightly so! No doubt a standout of the group, he would make an awesome action figure too, methinks!

The film character’s “human design” (in the poster below-left) has him looking somewhat like American actor “Stephen Lang” (2009’s “Avatar”) tho, so someone should take note if there will (eventuallymaybe) be a Hollywood adaptation! :p

Zaschitniki-arsus concept art
Zaschitniki-arsus Concept Art
Zaschitniki-arsus concept art

(Concept Art via blog.adlo.es)

Death Note Light up the NEW World - Trailer & Poster

PLOT: "10 years has passed since the confrontation between Kira and L. Again, Shinigami sends death notes to the ground and due to this, the world soon falls into chaos. Tsukuru (Masahiro Higashide) is a member of the Death Note special task force team with 6 other investigators including Matsuda who experienced the Kira case of 10 years ago.

Mass murders caused by the death note takes place on Wall Street in the U.S., Shibuya in Japan and other places. World famous private investigator Ryuzaki (Sosuke Ikematsu), who is the rightful successor of L, also investigates the mass murders. They discover that 6 death notes exists in the world.

A computer virus called Kira spreads in the world. A message in the Kira virus says to turn in 6 death notes.

A person who has 6 death notes overwhelm the world. The confrontation begins between the person who wants Kira’s revival and the people who want to stop it."

Based on the best-selling supernatural action mystery manga series "Death Note" written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata (published from December, 2003 to May, 2006 in Weekly Shonen Jump), the latest live action feature film - titled “Death Note: Light Up The NEW World” is scheduled to premiere on Japanese screens on October 29th 2016 (No date scheduled for Singapore though…).

A sequel / continuation of to the story in "Death Note The Last Name" (2006) movie, this feature is directed by Shinsuke Sato (“The Princess Blade”, “GANTZ”, and upcoming “Bleach” for 2018), will also feature Namie Amuro (pictured with Ryuk in the promotional image to the right) performing the theme song “Dear Diary” and the insert song “Fighter” (rocketnews24.com). Looking nigh interesting thus far too!

25 August 2016

Leaked Character Images of “live” action #GhostintheShell film

“Leaked” cast pics of actors in their character designs for the live action GHOST IN THE SHELL film, including The Major (Scarlett Johansson), Ishikawa (Lasarus Ratuere), Togusa (Chin Han), Saito (Yutaka Izumihara), Borma (Tawanda Manyimo), Batou (Pilou Asbæk), and Aramaki (Takeshi Kitano).

Images via comicbookmovie.com

“THE GUARDIANS” / #Zaschitniki - Trailer & Poster

The wwworld (or at least in the internet circles I hover in) is in the grip of a new “Superhero” movie, and it is Made In The Motherland of Russia! Introducing “The Guardians”, and witness their first full trailer!

PLOT: "Set during the Cold War, a secret organization named "Patriot" gathered a group of Soviet superheroes, altering and augmenting the DNA of four individuals, in order to defend the homeland from supernatural threats.

The group includes representatives of the different nationalities of the Soviet Union, which each one of them have long been hiding their true identity. In hard times, they settled down to business and gather to defend their homeland."

Remember the days when everything "Russian" was the "enemy" in American movies? Imagine THESE guys existed then? LOL

“THE GUARDIANS” (as it is known Stateside) is (originally) “Zaschitniki” (In Russian: «Защитники»; The Defenders or The Guardians), is a Russian neo-noir superhero film directed by Armenian director Sarik Andreasyan, and features a group of Soviet superheroes created during the Cold War.
"The group includes representatives of the different nationalities of the USSR, superpowers protagonists reflect strengths and traditions of the people of the USSR." (Wiki)

“The Guardians” is a 4-man squad, and consists of the following;

- “Ler, The Landman” - with earth manipulation abilities (played by actor Sebastien Sisak).

- “Arsus”, The Wildman” - Berserker / Werebear (played by Anton Pampushniy).

- “Xenia, Waterwoman” - Water / aquatic powers (played by Alina Lanina).

- “Khan, The Windman” - Skill with Blades and Martial Arts, Inhuman Speed (played by Sanzhar Madiev).

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"Filming began on April 27, 2015, in Moscow while the casting process was concluded earlier in this year. Filming was continued in Moscow Oblast and in the Crimean peninsula, and was wrapped on July 14, 2015." (Wiki)

Scheduled for a release in Russia on February 23rd, 2017, currently there are no other countries mentioned to carry this film.

Even so, apparently a sequel, “Guardians 2”, has been planned, with Turbo Films, the Chinese distributor of the first film, as a co-production company.

Are we “superhero-ed out”? Hardly, as we’ve primarily been exposed to American/Hollywood styled fiction, as opposed to a much longer era of super-powered in spandex “live action” characters in different parts of the world, including the Matrix-isque KRRISH and G.ONE from India, varied incarnations from the East, with Hong Kong shenanigans and in particular Japan - where a parallel world of Super Sentai and Ultramans long existed before the current hype … and now, a Russian super team.

I’d like to think NOW is the time for such characters to enter the world stage, and is a perfect time to be embraced by the hype of the masses, before we all get truly “superhero-ed out” in another another 5 years-or-so LOL

I certainly hope they’d do a “X-Men Versus The Guardians” (I’m looking at you ‘Colossus” to be the link :p) before that time tho!

I truly would not have even envisioned such a notion, much less seeing a competent feature film starring “superheros”, back when I was devouring comicbooks in the 80s, welcoming the “trend” which started (for me personally) with Christopher Reeve’s SUPERMAN and subsequently director Tim Burton’s BATMAN (with Michael Keaton as “Bruce Wayne”).

Or I’ll be more than happy to “make do” with Deadpool batting it out with the Werebear! WHOO-HOO!

Featured below is the first “Announcement Trailer” from early 2015! And in time we will be taking a closer look at the individual team members, on PopcornX!


24 August 2016

Halloween PHUNNY Plush from Kidrobot

Kidrobot unleashes celluloid horror icon characters "Freddy Krueger" (Nightmare on Elm Street) and "Jason Vorhees" (Friday the 13th) as PLUSH in their latest PHUNNY releases, just in time for Halloween (not for 7th Month Hugry Ghost Festival here in Singapore tho lol). Get your 8-inch tall plush via Kidrobot.com.

With a SRP of US$11.99, this pair are released alongside the awesome “The Simpsons Tree House of Horrors” PHUNNY plush!
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