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The first teaser came out in February (shown below), but now the first English language Live Action trailer of Blood, The Last Vampire is out, and SFX has it. It opens in Japan on May 29th, the UK on June 12th, and France on June 17th. I haven’t found the US release date yet, although Star News of Korea claims Universal bought the US rights, and plan to release it this month (Thanks to the Anime News Network for translating that bit for me). The team behind it did a few other movies you might have heard of, including Hero and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; combine them with the excellent story and fully developed characters of the original Anime series, and I am expecting a major movie experience. Rope of Silicon has the Japanese trailer as well as the international version; I have to install the Kanji character set on my computer before I can find the link to it on the official movie home page.

It looks like there will be Science Fiction at Sundance this year, not one but three films. The news is a little late, since the festival itself started on the 15th, and the story was posted nine hours ago; but the films themselves look very worth checking out. Moon is told from the perspective of the single human (and his robot, voiced by Kevin Spacey) on the Lunar base. Cold Souls sounds to have something of the sensibility of Being John Malkovich meets Kiln People, with Paul Giamatti playing himself and loosing his soul to Russian smugglers, but not in the way you would expect. Finally, The Clone Returns Home rounds out this trio with a story about memory and family and all that comes with it. I am going to have to watch for these on IFC’s Video On Demand, since they probably won’t play to every theater in the country.

Just before Christmas I mentioned here that Keanu Reeves wanted to be part of a live-action retelling of Cowboy Bebop. Sunrise made it official today with the announcement that it will be made, and it will star Reeves. Yeah! If you prefer, you can read about it in English. A week from tomorrow has some interesting movies hitting the big screen. The one I have been waiting for is Inkheart, based on the excellent book by the same name. Coming out on the same day is Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, the prequil for this Vampire/Werewolf cycle. If you are looking for something different, also out on the 23rd is Outlander, the story of a spaceship that crashes amongst the Iron-age Vikings. And for something completely different, there is Chandni Chowk to China, the story of a chef mistaken for a legendary martial artist, and filled with all the singing and dancing that Bollywood could cram in.

Their isn’t a whole lot to the Alien Trespass Home Page quite yet, but then there isn’t much to the movie except pure silly fun; I can’t wait. They have cranked out a tasty trailer, though. If you like Anime, you have a one-shot opportunity to see Sword of the Stranger on the big screen on Thursday, February 5th. It is another Fathom Events showing, you can check the event site to find out where your closest theater is. The day after that you can see Neil Gaimon’s Coraline if you are in the mood for more animation, or Chocolate if your mood leans to more Kung-Fu Adventure. Also out that day is Push for more Action Sci-Fi, and Fanboys for the Docu-Comedy selection. One or two of them are under limited release, so I am mapping out my theater strategy now.