Only Lovers Left Alive: Japanese Trailer & New Poster - Undead Monday

Posted by The Daily Zombies Monday, November 25, 2013

This Undead Monday, we revisit Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive with an intriguing new look at the "crypto-vampire love story" with the release of its Japanese trailer. 

Having covered acclaimed indie film-maker Jim Jarmusch's latest film, Only Lovers Left Alive, previously with our first and second look generating positive vibe by the hypnotic ambience of the film that has been described by Jarmusch as a "crypto-vampire love story", we remained to be intrigued by the vampire romance comedy featuring the impeccable Tom Hiddleton and Tilda Swinton as a pair of vampire lovers.

The first trailer was no doubt spine-tinglingly tasteful and with the recently-released Japanese trailer, the subtly vibrant score by award-winning Dutch musician Jozef van Wissem once again came into an inspiring effect. Without further ado, hit the jump to check out the trailer.

And here's what Jarmusch has to say about the film during its Cannes premiere:

Only Lovers Left Alive is an unconventional love story between a man and a woman, Adam and Eve. (My script was partially inspired by the last book published by Mark Twain: The Diaries of Adam and Eve — though no direct reference to the book is made other than the character’s names.)  These two lovers are archetypal outsiders, classic bohemians, extremely intelligent and sophisticated — yet still in full possession of their animal instincts. They have traveled the world and experienced many remarkable things, always inhabiting the shadowed margins of society. And, like their own love story, their particular perspective on human history spans centuries — because they happen to be vampires.

But this is not your usual vampire story. Set in the very distinct cities of Detroit and Tangier, and taking place almost entirely at night, Adam and Eve must have human blood to survive. But they now live in then world of the 21st century where biting the neck of a stranger would be reckless and regressive — for survival, they must be certain the blood that sustains them is pure and free of disease or contamination. And, almost like shadows, they have learned long ago to deftly avoid the attention of any authorities.

For our film, the vampire is a resonant metaphor — a way to frame the deeper intentions of the story. This is a love story, but also the story of two exceptional outsiders who, given their unusual circumstances, have a vast overview of human and natural history, including stunning achievements and tragic and brutal failures. Adam and Eve are themselves metaphors for the present state of human life — they are fragile and endangered, susceptible to natural forces, and to the shortsighted behavior of those in power.

The recently-released Russian poster for the film.

And yet another of its subtly designed poster.

Here are some of the recently-unveiled official images from the film.

Here's the synopsis of the film:

Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover.

Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them?

Only Lovers Left Alive is currently scheduled for limited release come April next year.


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