Good news are good;
# It’s been confirmed that Martin Scorsese’s next pic is the “remake” of Masahiro Shinoda’s 1971 film Silence (pic above) – in fact, more of a new adaptation from the original book written by Shusaku Endo. The story of 2 Portuguese missionnaries traveling through Japan during the 17th century. To spread the good word of God while trying to find their mentor in this country where Christians are persecuted. The production will start as soon as Hugo Cabret is completed (and FYI, Shinoda’s Silence is available on english-friendly DVD).
# Do you know that 2 Koji Wakamatsu films, Caterpillar & United Red Army, are coming to the U.S?
# Check out these Japanese graphic design from the 1920s-30s. Your eyes will enjoy this!
# More EFM 2011 news: Jackie Chan’s historical epic 1911 & Wong Kar-wai’s kung fu film Grandmasters have found US distributors. And it’s been announced that 1911 will be theatrically released in the US & in China, the same day – sometime in October 2011. Nice!
# Holy cannoli! Jin-roh director, Hiroyuki Okiura, is coming back with A Letter to Momo, an animated film produced by Production I.G, set to release in 2012, in Japan. What’s the story? A young city girl moving with her mother on a small rural island, after the passing of her father. Who left her an unfinished letter… Here’s the first pic;
# Quite surprising is the new U.S poster for Kim Jee-woon’s hardcore thriller I Saw The Devil (read my thoughts). Which is nothing like this following red band trailer showing almost every violent-gory moments of the film (one nice idea though: it’s so badass that even the western-like music can’t compete – check around 1’45sec).
# Another intriguing anime film: Onigamiden. In which a japanese boy finds himself caught in the middle of a feudal war between humans and demons. From the Studio Pierrot that brought us Bleach or Naruto, coming out in Japan on April 29th.