The Trailer Park: Martial Arts Action

Quite a few films from the Far East are being released from now until the end of the year. The biggest are likely those from Jackie Chan and Jet Li, the latter of whom actually has two movies hitting theaters. In today’s edition of The Trailer Park, we look at two films which haven’t received nearly as much attention, but look just as visually interesting and entertaining.

‘My Kingdom’

There’s no denying that fantastic visuals and wildly-energetic fight sequences are a big part of the appeal and attraction of most martial arts films. ‘My Kingdom’ seems poised to deliver a grand spectacle of kung-fu showmanship where story will likely play second fiddle. Other than being highly stylized and imaginative, I can’t really tell much else based about the movie from this short trailer. Seeing that the Peking Opera plays an important backdrop, it’s safe to assume we’ll get some romantic melodrama about the deadly competitiveness of different opera houses. The film was already released a few weeks ago, totally under the radar, so I’ll have to wait until the Blu-ray to find out if it’s as good as it looks.

‘The Raid’

First off: WOW! This is an absolutely amazing preview for a new martial arts action flick from Indonesia. From the start, as the simple electronic tune plays in the background, tension and mystery mount, drawing the viewer’s attention into a perpetual “don’t blink” gawk. Then, as the music grows more complex and intense, so does the scenery with creative camera movements. We can literally imagine the S.W.A.T. team surround and stealthily enter the slum building in near-perfect silence. The whole thing is astonishing to watch, with very light glimpses of what to expect. The trailer makes the movie itself a must-watch on the largest screen possible. I can’t wait!

Interestingly, I think this is first time I’ve ever seen a purplish, wine-red band trailer.

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    • zanirma

      The Raid got Audience Award in Toronto Film Festival, being the most applauded in Sitges Film Festival (in Spain), chosen as the surprise movie in Slash festival (in Vienna) and have people in various festivals and various languages calling it as one of the best action movies of all time.

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