Teaser trailer for Kiyoshi Kurosawa's RETRIBUTION (SAKEBI)

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The official website for Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Retribution (Sakebi) is now partly functional, and there's a teaser trailer for the movie on that site. (There still is a set of two English-subtitled clips from the movie on YouTube.)

The screenplay for Retribution was written by Kurosawa. The movie stars (listed order corresponds to order in teaser trailer) Kôji Yakusho, Manami Konishi, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Riona Hazuki (Haduki Riona), Joe Odagiri (Odagiri Jô), Ryô Kase, Hiroyuki Hirayama, Kaoru Okunuki, Ikuji Nakamura, and Hironobu Nomura.

Here's a description of Retribution, written by ScreenAnarchy's own Todd Brown, from the website of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival (TADFF): "Hugely acclaimed director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure, Kairo, Bright Future) joins forces with uber-producer Taka Ichise (Ringu, Ju-On), arguably the most important and influential figure in the entire J-Horror boom with his fingers on virtually every significant title, with Retribution.

Frequent Kurosawa collaborator Koji Yakusho -- [currently] seen opposite Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in Babel -- stars as Detective Yoshioka, a weathered and beaten man trapped in a fading relationship and troubled by sudden lapses and blurs in his memories, assigned to investigate a series of murders. But the more Yoshioka probes the more he begins to wonder if the serial killer he is chasing might, in fact, be himself...

Never afraid to challenge himself or his audience Kurosawa has promised nothing less here than a complete re-imagining of the Japanese horror film and if there's anyone capable of doing just that, it's him."

Xanadeux K.K. (K.K. Zanadû), Avex Entertainment Inc. (Eibekkusu Entateinmento K.K.), and Phantom Film Co. Ltd. (K.K. Fantomu Firumu) are scheduled to release Retribution theatrically in Japan on February 24th.

For more information on Retribution, see ScreenAnarchy's fifth, fourth, third, second, and first articles on it.

Retribution teaser trailer - 500 KB (Japanese w/o subtitles; streaming Windows Media)

Retribution teaser trailer - 300 KB (Japanese w/o subtitles; streaming Windows Media)

YouTube: Retribution clips set page (clips are in Japanese w/ English subtitles)

Retribution official website

ScreenAnarchy: Retribution review #2

ScreenAnarchy: Retribution review #1

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logboyJanuary 17, 2007 4:42 PM

well, i had seen the website had suddenly updated, but couldn't find the trailer on it. thankfully you found it somewhere... its nice. very nice.