Five Minute Promo For Tran Ahn Hung's I COME WITH THE RAIN With Hartnett, Lee and Yue!

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Wow. Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow.

When acclaimed Vietnamese director Tran Ahn Hung first announced that he was planning to make a major change of pace with his next film I doubt any of his fans expected that the director of Cyclo and Scent of Green Papaya would come up with something like this. His latest film, the globe trotting, international thriller I Come With The Rain, stars Josh Hartnett alongside huge Korean star Lee Byung Hyun - who will soon be seen in GI Joe, performing here in English for the first time - and seemingly ubiquitous Hong Kong actor Shawn Yue. Part manhunt, part crime thriller, part supernatural charged existential angst, this looks to be incredibly charged stuff and my hope has been that this would finally be the film that gave Hartnett the chance to truly shine, the picture's noir leanings playing perfectly to his strengths as an actor. Here's the official synopsis as a recap:

Kline, an ex-cop in Los Angeles traumatized by slaying a serial killer, is hired by a powerful corporate boss to go to the Philippines and find Shitao, his missing son. Kline’s leads take him to Hong Kong. Torn between good and evil, caught in the crossfire between a mafia drug ring and the police, he tracks down Shitao, who has become a mysterious vagrant.

We posted some stunning - an shockingly bloody - stills from the film back in February and now a five minute sales reel for the film has appeared on a subsite of major Korean media portal Daum. Impressions? Every moment of it is absolutely fantastic. Hartnett looks to be in career best form - yes, I know many of you will say that's faint praise, but I think the guy can be quite good when well matched to the material, which he clearly is here - while both Yue and Lee are quite compelling performing in English, the awkwardness of the language serving to strip off some of their movie star sheen and let the audience see their actual performing abilities. The visual are by turns hypnotic and deeply disturbing, provoking audible reactions from me on a handful of occassions. And, yes, for his legion of female fans, Lee appears topless. And for his legion of male fans he's wielding a hammer in menacing fashion at the time.

Now, the Korean host for this file is painfully slow and so I have loaded it into the ScreenAnarchy Player for easier access. The fact that this turned up on a Daum site says to me that it's been cleared for public viewing but that is a rarity for this type of reel so if that is not the case and this is not meant to be seen the copyright holders can contact me here and I will remove it from the site. You'll find the promo below the break.

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OldboyApril 17, 2008 12:20 AM

damn you work blocker not letting me play videos!!! i've been looking forward to this more than almost any other film. please don't take it down until tonight when i can see it at home!!

deedeeApril 17, 2008 12:47 AM

i can't wait for this one. btw, i'm female and i'm quite jazzed about the hammer.

and the narrator was truly awful.

kungfueurotrashApril 17, 2008 12:51 AM

2 of my favorite Asian actors are in this movie and that is the price of admission alone dammit!!!

abjectnuttinessApril 17, 2008 3:50 AM

Wow, there sure was a lot going on in that promo eh? Good, good, stuff!

I've always felt that Hartnett just needed the right role to explode on. This looks like it might be it. Ever since the stills back in Feb I've been trying to keep tabs on this one.

Glad to see the promo was as good as it is! Definitely looking forward to seeing this!

Whoever's idea it was to add the narrator should be shot though. Totally not needed.

LT RobertsApril 17, 2008 4:21 AM

WOW.WOW.WOW. Indeed.
This looks astonishingly good. And the Radiohead song and the Massive Attacks songs - that just put it over the top for me. Two favourite bands in one trailer for a hardcore looking noir film. That's three things together that spells a good time. : )

And the Radiohead tune is 'Climbing Up The Walls' from OK Computer.

Vassago41301April 17, 2008 6:44 AM

Absolutely wonderful.

dequinixApril 17, 2008 7:11 AM

Definitely one of my most anticipated films of the year, though I can't tell from the promo exactly how much Hartnett is going to handicap the final package.

SoweyApril 17, 2008 7:17 AM

That's what you get when you mess with the Tran.

We missed him so much, his last project was kind of a development hell, and then, he comes back with this, at last...

The guy is awesome in real life, his works never fails, he's finally taking a new direction...Not doubt it will be great.

verisimilitudeApril 17, 2008 7:29 AM

I thought that was Kimura cast indeed.

TheDougApril 17, 2008 7:50 AM

Ditto all of the above...

eDWeiRDApril 17, 2008 8:17 AM

Wow. That was cool! Thanks for posting.

pochiWApril 17, 2008 8:59 AM

kimura is really something, even with minimal dialogue. i'm just surprised shawn yue lives up to the occasion (esp after the recent Playboy Cops.) harnett seems to take some risks being in this project at all, tho in terms of past noirs he nears a muffled joel mccrea:P

ChevalierAguilaApril 17, 2008 10:28 AM

Looks interesting, Lee Byung Hung looks quite bad ass.

methosbApril 17, 2008 4:00 PM

Kimura Takuya is awesome, he needs to be in more films. Was the audio out of sync for anyone else?

tok2006April 17, 2008 9:59 PM

i didn´t know that eusebio poncela is in the film!!!

saludos desde Madrid!

pikalesApril 17, 2008 10:51 PM

Oh My God! I can't wait to see this movie.
Kimura Takuya is really brilliant actor. He is so charm even just a few seconds in this trailer.

ToryApril 18, 2008 12:52 AM

Looks awesome. I'd honestly never heard of the director until this movie, though.

And whoever chose the music for the trailer has good taste. Radiohead AND Massive Attack.

Imran JafferyApril 18, 2008 12:58 AM

Tran knows his way around a good music cue. Case in point...


AirchinapilotApril 18, 2008 1:27 AM

Also, how much in royalties is Massive Attack getting whenever they use Angel?

manaApril 24, 2008 7:20 PM

Wow! it's awesome.
It was an impact and there was no word for a while when I watch this
promotion film.
Transparent beauty and a sense of existence of Takuya Kimura are excellent.

piyoApril 26, 2008 3:02 PM

Wow! Amazing!

I just wanna say Shitao(Takuya Kimura)is totally sweet and mysterious!
His eyes tell us his sorrow and fear.
He's absolutely lunatic and romantic,though.
He might struggle in the Agony.

Takuya Kimura is an extraordinary actor!
His brilliant performance attracts us.
With his shy smile, good looks and supersexy accent,
it's no wonder Takuya has the ladies swooning both on-screen and off!

This movie is sure to to be great succesful.