According to Variety, the first trailer for Yoshimitsu Morita’s Sanjuro will be playing during screenings of the Genghis Khan biopic ‘The Blue Wolf: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea’, which opens on March 3rd in Shochiku theaters in Japan. This, by the way, marks the first time that Shochiku runs a trailer for a Toho produced film.
And in case you didn’t realise, Sanjuro (“Tsubaki Sanjuro”) is of course a remake of Kurosawa’s 1962 original.
For a taste of what (not?) to expect, spend a moment at YouTube and watch again the trailer of the original Sanjuro. If I’m not mistaken, it (like most of Kurosawa’s trailers) was edited together by Kurosawa himself, and if the music, the raving titles and the one-liners fail to make you at least smile, then there is certainly something wrong with you!
Let’s hope that the new trailer will make its way online fairly soon, and that it will give us an idea about the direction that the remake has taken. One possible place to keep an eye on is Apple’s Japanese movie trailers page.
28 February 2007
Couldn’t agree more, if you fail to crack the smallest of smiles from the trailer, something is not right. Some directors most ingenious work has come from making their own trailers, Kurosawa and Hitchcock come to mind. Sadly the art of a trailer has been long lost, now its some guy in marketing that throws one together.
I am certainly curious about the remake, cant say I hold much hope, but I do wish for something worthy. All I know it better have the line “Tsubaki Sanjuro, well going on forty” 🙂