Kaiju Shakedown http://www.kaijushakedown.com/ Variety's Asian Film blog, written by Grady Hendrix en-US 2007-01-19T16:52:00-08:00 THE FUTURE AND THE PAST IN REVIEW http://www.kaijushakedown.com/2007/01/the_future_and_.html With Kaiju Shakedown closing up today, I am totally disappointed that I'll never know how some things will turn out. - Will THE HOST make money in America? Magnolia's betting the farm on this one and it could go either way. The opening weekend number that'll be reported on March... News Grady Hendrix 2007-01-19T16:52:00-08:00 AND SO, WE BID FAREWELL... http://www.kaijushakedown.com/2007/01/and_so_we_bid_f.html This is the second to last post on Kaiju Shakedown. As much as I've been the frontman for this blog, it also owes its existence to my editor, Alex Romanelli, who has fought the good fight behind the scenes, done a lot of heavy lifting that would have gotten my... News Grady Hendrix 2007-01-19T16:31:00-08:00 DORORO ACQUIRED http://www.kaijushakedown.com/2007/01/dororo_acquired.html Massive Japanese fantasy film, DORORO, has been picked up by Universal for North America. Whether they'll give it a theatrical release or it'll go straight-to-video is unknown. Release date is set for Japan on 1/27. Watch the really gorgeous trailer and try not to wet yourself anticipating munching popcorn and... News Trailers Grady Hendrix 2007-01-19T08:40:00-08:00 OH NOES! THE DEPARTED IS A TRILOGY?!? http://www.kaijushakedown.com/2007/01/oh_noes_the_dep.html In an interview with MTV.com, Marky Mark says that Scorsese is mulling over the idea of a DEPARTED trilogy, just like the original INFERNAL AFFAIRS trilogy with both a prequel and a sequel. It's not definite, but apparently Scorsese is even talking to Robert DeNiro to play a role. Yikes.... News Grady Hendrix 2007-01-19T08:17:00-08:00 KING NARESUAN REVIEW http://www.kaijushakedown.com/2007/01/king_naresuan_r.html The first review of Thailan's massive historical epic, KING NARESUAN, is out and...it's not pretty.... Film Reviews Grady Hendrix 2007-01-18T11:57:00-08:00 BODYGUARD 2 TRAILER http://www.kaijushakedown.com/2007/01/bodyguard_2_tra.html Why did I like THE BODYGUARD? I guess, for me, the scene where Kevin Costner is leaving and Whitney Houston is so sad and then she just starts singing...oh, wait. Wrong BODYGUARD. I guess the reason I like THE BODYGUARD so much is the scene with the guy with Down's... Trailers Grady Hendrix 2007-01-18T11:35:00-08:00 CHINA PRAISES THE YOUNG: DISSES THE OLD http://www.kaijushakedown.com/2007/01/china_praises_t.html China's SARFT (State Administration of Radio Film and Television) has announced that young people rule and old people drool. They've established a fund to promote good movies and you have to be under 45 to qualify for the US$64,267 for each script that they approve. Next year you'll have to... News Grady Hendrix 2007-01-18T10:00:00-08:00 UK RACE WAR!!!! IT'S ON!!!! http://www.kaijushakedown.com/2007/01/uk_race_war_its.html You thought you wouldn't read the recent post about Bollywood B-lister, Shilpa Shetty, on the UK's Celebrity Big Brother. You thought, Oh, I'm too highbrow for that trash. You figured it was just a silly TV show. WRONG. Shilpa Shetty is the catalyst for the UK to transform into full-blown... News Grady Hendrix 2007-01-18T09:40:00-08:00 KOREAN FILM EXPORTS DOWN http://www.kaijushakedown.com/2007/01/korean_film_exp.html Korea was so proud that they exported so many movies in 2005, grossing around US$76 million! Yay, Korea. But like over-achieving high school students, they have met difficulties in 2006 and all their dreams have turned to dust and rumor has it that it's hoarding pills and doodling nooses in... News Grady Hendrix 2007-01-18T09:20:00-08:00 OSCAR SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED http://www.kaijushakedown.com/2007/01/oscar_shortlist.html The shortlist for Best Film in a Foreign Language nominees has been announced by the Academy and the world couldn't care less. The nominees who made it this far without being voted off the island are: Deepa Mehta's WATER Because we only care about Asian films round here.... News Grady Hendrix 2007-01-18T08:55:00-08:00 BENNY CHAN MAKING A MOVIE http://www.kaijushakedown.com/2007/01/benny_chan_maki.html Benny Chan, director of more That wasn't as bad as it could have been movies than I care to count, is all lined up to start work on his next project, INVISIBLE TARGET, which is sure to be greeted with universal half-hearted acclaim. Budgeted at US$8 million, it'll star Jaycee... News Grady Hendrix 2007-01-18T08:35:00-08:00 YUBARI IS BACK! http://www.kaijushakedown.com/2007/01/yubari_is_back.html When the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival died earlier this year all the elephants in the world cried because they were so sad. But now there's news that it's back from the dead, just like Jesus! Or Dracula! Ryuganji reports that the Yubari Aid Film Festival focusing on new foreign... News Grady Hendrix 2007-01-18T08:14:00-08:00 STEPHEN COLBERT MEDIATES BACHCHAN/KHAN FEUD http://www.kaijushakedown.com/2007/01/stephen_colbert.html I know half the jokes are about their names, but I actually found Stephen Colbert's mediation in the Amitabh Bachchan/Shah Rukh Khan tussle pretty funny. Props to Colbert for giving praise to Preity Zinta and for having writers who know enough to namedrop Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor even if... News Grady Hendrix 2007-01-17T10:59:00-08:00 GOODBYE, AZUMI MUTO http://www.kaijushakedown.com/2007/01/goodbye_azumi_m.html The Muto's are a prominent family in Tokyo whose fortunes are founded on that most sadistic of all medicines, dentistry. Nevertheless, even dentists don't deserve what happened to them on January 3 of this year. The family had gone off to visit relatives in Fukushima Prefecture, leaving 20-year-old Azumi and... News Grady Hendrix 2007-01-17T10:29:00-08:00 GOODBYE, WALTER TSO http://www.kaijushakedown.com/2007/01/goodbye_walter_.html Walter Tso Tat-wah, a longtime veteran of the Hong Kong film scene, passed away due to a stomach hemorrhage at the age of 91 on Saturday, January 13. Having appeared in around 700 movies, Tso Tat-wah was best-known for his work in wu xia films like the BUDDHA PALMS movies... News Grady Hendrix 2007-01-17T09:54:00-08:00