TIFF 2010: Extreme Kink In Midnight Madness Selection RED NIGHTS

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TIFF 2010: Extreme Kink In Midnight Madness Selection RED NIGHTS
[Updated with an updated trailer.]

It seems that every year there is at least one film that hits the TIFF Midnight Madness program seemingly out of nowhere. Julien Carbon and Laurent Courtiaud's Franco Hong Kong co-production Red Nights is one of those films. Here's how programmer Colin Geddes describes it:

A pulpy, fetishistic thriller, Red Nights marks the startling directorial debut of Julien Carbon and Laurent Courtiaud, best known as the screenwriting team behind Hong Kong director Johnnie To's thriller Running Out of Time. Red Nights also boasts the long-overdue return of Hong Kong starlet Carrie Ng, famous for her sexy and deadly presence in such films as Naked Killer and Sex and Zen. Here she revels in her role as the jade-clawed Dragon Lady, equal parts seductress and psycho-sexual killer.

A box containing a white jade seal rumoured to have belonged to China's first Emperor falls into the hands of Catherine (Frédérique Bel), a mistress who takes the valuable artifact to Hong Kong in the hopes of selling it. In Hong Kong, Carrie (Carrie Ng), a wealthy patron of the arts, mounts a production of The Jade Emperor - the tale of the first Emperor's executioner, who used a deadly poison to paralyze his victims while simultaneously enhancing their sensations. Carrie is single-mindedly obsessed with finding this ancient poison. When it becomes apparent that the white jade seal contains a vial of the elixir, Catherine finds herself caught in Carrie's sadistic web, where bliss and pain are blurred into a twisted, forbidden ecstasy.
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sitenoiseAugust 18, 2010 12:22 AM

Ah, the twitch hosted trailers never play. darn it.

Todd BrownAugust 18, 2010 9:56 AM

We've got one of the most stable players going, and one of the only ones that works on mobile devices as well as online. You may need to check your security settings or other add ins for a conflict. The issue isn't on our end ...

sitenoiseAugust 18, 2010 11:56 AM

Depends on how you define issue, I guess. It's all about third party Flash content. Not begrudging you. The web has become so social-networky and tracking happy, I'm seeing this more often lately. Not just Twitch.

Rhythm-XAugust 18, 2010 1:03 PM

It's not nearly as wonderful as the first Twitch player, which was arguably THE greatest resource for interesting trailers that the web has ever seen thanks in no small part to it being filled with trailers dug from the hard drives and DVD libraries of Twitch's readers. However, the current, non-searchable incarnation of the Twitch player has never been anything less than fully functional on any platform I've used it on. Never tried from a mobile but on Mac, Linux, and Windows it works fine for me - more than I can say for some players. It's greatest weakness is that it's not the original Twitch player, but that's hardly a fair complaint.

Todd BrownAugust 18, 2010 1:26 PM

I miss that one, too ... a whole lot of work went into it from a whole lot of people but when they canned the free service and wanted me to pay more for video hosting than what I paid for the entire rest of the site combined I just couldn't do it. I feel the loss, though ...

Rhythm-XAugust 18, 2010 1:32 PM

The trailer looks very good, especially considering it's the product of the people who wrote the extremely weak THE TOUCH and the almost impossibly horrible BLACK MASK 2. These guys have apparently been out of commission for a while now so I'm willing to give this new effort a fair shake. I'm a bit apprehensive that something that looks as good as this does has apparently been sitting around finished since last year without anyone having heard of it - but as any American fan of Asian cinema can tell you, an extended stay on the shelf is no reliable indicator of a film's quality - if anything it's more often the dreck that makes a beeline to store shelves, while the cream of the crop rots away unreleased.

Todd BrownAugust 18, 2010 2:14 PM

Ironically, our system is one of very few out there that ISN'T Flash based. That's why it works on the iPhone. Some ad blockers have been known to interfere because the backbone of it is hosted by our ad serving company. That was definitely an issue in the early days but they made some changes on the back end that were supposed to stop ad-blockers from interfering with it ...

Rhythm-XAugust 18, 2010 2:32 PM

It's not flash based? I get "About Adobe Flash Player 10" and the rest of the usual Adobe Flash contextual menu options when I right-click the Twitch player. Or does the site detect when it's being accessed from a platform without Flash support and then use some other player? If that's what's happening, is there any way I can make the site give me the non-Flash player by default?

Todd BrownAugust 18, 2010 2:41 PM

Yeah, the initial call out by the embed code is Java, I believe. I guess it then chooses what it serves based on platform. But, honestly, that's a guess and about the limits of my tech knowledge on it ... But if it was Flash it'd be a total no go on the iPhone and I watch videos from the site on my phone all the time.

Kurt HalfyardAugust 18, 2010 3:14 PM

Amen on those last couple of sentences. Tears of the Black Tiger anyone?