sabato 5 febbraio 2011

Un blog da tenere d'occhio

E' quello relativo allo sviluppo del nuovo film di Gareth Evans, già regista di Merantau e del rimandato prison movie Berandal. Ecco la sinossi ufficiale:

A swat team arrives at a rundown apartment block with a mission to remove its owner, a notorious drug lord named Tama. The building has never been raided before, never been touched by police. Seen as a no go zone it has since become a sanctuary to killers, gangs, rapists and thieves seeking accommodation in the one place they know they cannot be touched.

Making their move in the break of dawn the swat team work their way up the building under cover of silence. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and with news of their assault traveling to Tama in his penthouse suite the building is locked down with all lights out and all exits blocked.

Stranded on the 6th floor the swat team must fight their way through every floor and every room not just to complete their mission but to survive.

Gasante e low budget, binomio perfetto e buona garanzia di pochi freni inibitori. Il regista dice di essersi ispirato a (alla locandina di) Peace Hotel, misconosciuto western a opera di Wai Ka Fai.

Since I was a kid, I was obsessed with a Chow Yun Fat film called "Peace Hotel" (Directed by Wai Ka Fai). I was never able to track it down in the UK and only had the poster image below and a vague synopsis to go by.

I loved the concept of an isolated building that offered sanctuary to criminals, but when I finally saw it over 15 years later my "imagined" version of the film was completely different to what I eventually saw. I had imagined a dark, noirish film with danger on every floor with the action confined to an interior space filled with shadows and dread. I also imagined it would have a lot more action, instead of the light hearted, sweet romantic angle the film eventually took.

But the central concept stuck with me.

In poche parole tutto parte unicamente dal potere evocativo di una locandina. Quasi romantico, no? Si consideri poi che Gareth è la voce nuova del cinema marziale, l'unico in grado di farci riprendere dopo l' esplosione della bolla di brutalità thai (basti l'incredibile teaser di Berandal). Occorre altro per seguire i dietro le quinte di un probabile cult dei prossimi anni?

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