Showing posts with label Movie Trailers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Movie Trailers. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Tukana: Husat i Asua – Bridging the Divide,Tradition and Progress

"Tukana: Husat i Asua" transcends the boundaries of mere entertainment. Co-directed by Chris Owen and Albert Toro, the film delves into the heart of Papua New Guinea's North Solomons Province, offering a poignant look at the struggles faced by young people caught between the allure of modernity and the enduring strength of tradition.


Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Bougainville, the film acknowledges the island's complex history. Even in peaceful villages, the scars of World War II linger. A seemingly playful act by an elder, imitating Japanese soldiers, becomes a stark reminder of the island's turbulent past. This juxtaposition sets the stage for the film's central conflict: the struggle to reconcile tradition with the desire for progress.

Tukana (played by Albert Toro), the film's protagonist, embodies this internal conflict. He yearns for the trappings of a modern life, yet feels a deep responsibility to preserve his cultural heritage. While some in his village chase after speedboats, Tukana mourns the fading art of canoe-making, a dying tradition that becomes a powerful metaphor for a generation in flux.

Tukana's journey is a relatable one, marked by both missteps and personal growth. After failing out of college, he returns to his village disillusioned. His struggles to meet societal expectations lead him down a path of rebellion, marked by alcohol abuse and disrespect for his elders. He even defies his family's wishes by rejecting an arranged marriage, ultimately seeking solace in the distant copper mines.

There, he encounters a beautiful and educated woman (played by Francesca Semoso, now known as MP Francesca Semoso for North Bougainville) who prioritizes personal desires over communal responsibility. Their relationship becomes a microcosm of the larger societal issue: the clash between individual aspirations and the importance of contributing to the well-being of the community.

Semoso's real-life trajectory, much like Tukana's, reflects a search for purpose that extends beyond oneself. Her rise to political office highlights the film's enduring message: the importance of finding a balance between individual fulfillment and contributing to the greater good.

"Tukana: Husat i Asua" is more than just a film; it's a captivating blend of anthropology and storytelling. The past whispers its lessons to the present, creating a rich tapestry of Bougainville's social fabric. The film's stunning visuals showcase the island's natural beauty, while its characters grapple with universal questions of identity and belonging. Tukana's choices, ultimately, become a reflection of our own human struggle to find our place in the world, honoring the past while embracing the possibilities of the future.

Friday, September 29, 2023

Will Smith Visits Papua New Guinea for National Geographic Documentary "Welcome to Earth''

Will Smith, one of Hollywood's biggest stars, arrived in Papua New Guinea on Thursday to begin filming a documentary for National Geographic. The documentary, titled "Welcome to Earth," will explore the country's stunning natural beauty and rich culture.

will smith in png

Will Smith in PNG

Smith and his team of 60 people will be filming in three different locations in PNG: Tavuvur in East New Britain, Tens Island in the St Matthias group of islands, and Kavieng in New Ireland province. They will be spending a month in the country, capturing the unique and diverse landscapes and cultures of PNG.

Smith's visit to PNG is the first time a Hollywood star of his caliber has filmed a major project in the country. It is a significant development for the PNG tourism industry, and it is sure to raise awareness of the country's beauty and potential among international travelers.

Will Smith: "Welcome to PNG''

In addition to its natural beauty, PNG is also home to a rich and diverse culture. The country has over 800 different languages and cultures, making it one of the most linguistically and culturally diverse countries in the world. Smith's documentary is sure to showcase the unique and fascinating culture of PNG to a global audience.

Smith's visit to PNG is also a testament to the country's growing importance on the world stage. PNG is a member of the G20 and the Commonwealth of Nations, and it is playing an increasingly important role in the regional and global economy. Smith's visit highlights PNG's potential as a tourist destination and a major player in the global economy.

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

When Does TMNT Come Out in 2023? Get Ready for Mutant Mayhem

Fans of the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise are eagerly awaiting the release of the latest installment, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem," which is set to hit theaters exclusively on August 2nd, 2023. 

Directed by Jeff Rowe and Kyler Spears, this action-packed adventure promises to bring the beloved characters to life in a whole new way.

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem," which is set to hit theaters exclusively on August 2nd, 2023

Writers, Stars and co-stars

The film boasts an impressive lineup of writers, including Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Jeff Rowe, and features a talented cast of stars, including Rose Byrne, Natasia Demetriou, and Ayo Edebiri, who will bring their creative voices to the characters we know and love.

"Mutant Mayhem" takes audiences back to the beginning of the TMNT saga, introducing us to a scientist named Baxter Stockman, portrayed by Giancarlo Esposito. Baxter creates the infamous ooze responsible for transforming ordinary creatures into mutants, leading to the birth of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Raphael, voiced by Micah Abbey, Shamon Brown Jr., Nicolas Cantu, and Brady Noon, respectively.

Get Ready for Mutant Mayhem 

The turtles' journey is intertwined with their mentor and father figure, Splinter, portrayed by Jackie Chan. Splinter, a rat transformed by the ooze, teaches the young mutants ninja skills to protect themselves from the world above. However, the turtles yearn for a more normal teenage life, grappling with their desire to explore the human world and their fear of being misunderstood and rejected.

Adding to the mix is Superfly, voiced by Ice Cube, who seeks vengeance for the divide between mutants and humans. 

Superfly assembles a group of mutants, including Genghis Frog, Leatherhead, Rocksteady, Wingnut, Ray Fillet, Bebop, and Mondo Gecko, voiced by Hannibal Buress, Rose Byrne, John Cena, Natasia Demetriou, Post Malone, Seth Rogen, and Paul Rudd, respectively. 

Maya Rudolph's mysterious character also adds intrigue to the story as she searches for the turtles, and Ayo Edebiri's portrayal of April, the human friend of the turtles, bridges the gap between their two worlds.

"Mutant Mayhem" boasts stunning visuals akin to "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," combining a comic book aesthetic with dynamic animation. The animators bring creativity to the character designs, making the film visually captivating throughout.

When Does TMNT Come Out in 2023? Get Ready for Mutant Mayhem

"Mutant Mayhem" visuals and voice work

While "Mutant Mayhem" excels in visuals and voice work, it falls short in the character and story development department. Despite being a coming-of-age tale with an interesting theme, the movie doesn't delve deep into the turtles' personalities, reducing them to simple traits and actions. This shallow approach limits the emotional impact of their journey, leaving audiences wanting more.

Nevertheless, for families seeking a fun and action-packed cinematic experience, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem" may still be an enjoyable summer outing. The film's hyperactive pace keeps the excitement going, even if the story's depth doesn't match its visuals.

When Does TMNT Come Out in 2023?

Get ready for an action-packed adventure as "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem" hits theaters starting this Wednesday! The much-awaited film, directed by Jeff Rowe and Kyler Spears, will be exclusively shown in cinemas beginning on 2nd August 2023, offering fans a chance to experience the beloved TMNT franchise in a whole new way.