‘The Cup of Tears’ Trailer

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The Cup of Tears trailer has been gathering momentum with fans claiming its beautiful CGI puts that of many Hollywood studios to shame. It’s a unique hybrid, featuring ancient samurai empires battling in a post-apocalyptic future – something you might associate with Asia, but no. Believe it or not, filming was done in Slovenia and post production in Ireland.

And while it looks sci-fi, the plot reads like a fairy tale:

The Cup of Tears follows a scorned geisha who creates a magical cup made of tears that causes any man who drinks from it to fall into a permanent sleep. One night the cup is stolen, setting off a chain of events that threatens civil war amongst the clans. Taro, a gifted samurai, sets out to find the cup and one who can break the spell.

Though this summary and what’s in the trailer don’t seem to match, the visuals look so great that I don’t think you’ll care. Samurai dodging rockets? Pixelated geisha dancing across digital billboards? Bring it!

The three minute trailer took two years to make, a labor of love from Gary Shore, an as-yet-unknown who’s directed some commercials and music videos. He’s hoping to find backing to make this into a full-length feature.

At first I thought that wouldn’t be a problem. I even considered starting a letter writing campaign. But on second viewing, I changed my tune. Because ultimately, this trailer looks more like a video game – one I’d be thrilled to play.

As a movie, I’m interested for sure, but a samurai film lives or dies (excuse the pun) on its swordplay. And on that note, the quick cuts and glimpses of battles we get here fail to sell me. Maybe I’m old school, but I like my kung fu with stunt doubles, wire play, and just enough CGI to clean it up.

The Cup of Tears trailer is almost entirely computer generated. Aside from some close-ups, there’s not much to go on as to what this movie would actually sound like, or really even what it’s about. Great CGI visuals can’t carry an otherwise awful movie.

So, I’m on the fence about whether The Cup of Tears deserves funding, or whether it’s just a really impressive personal project. What do you think?

Source: Twitch

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  1. I think it looks pretty cool.

    With a bigger budget they can clean up the graphics – I dig the background music in a lot of those scenes too.

  2. Interesting
    Half of me is thinking it looks like they’re trying to do anime but live action if that makes sense.
    The other half is having weird flashbacks to The Spirit and Sin City…..

  3. Well, since Avatar has been getting so much cynicism due to it having a lot of CGI, I would expect that of this too, unless “Samurai” has as much “cool factor” as “ninja” or vampires or something…

    Too bad I can’t get the video to play here at work, will see it when I get home I guess…

  4. This is a refreshing slant on the world of Samurai. The CGI works with the look of the film and the theme. It has a bit of Frank Millar but different. I am sick and tired of wire play sword fights. They have become a film techique that has been overused and has lost it’s “magic” to what it expresses. Good CGI technique (as in this short film) can easily replace wire play or at least enhance it more so it looks more real and not like a Peter Pan stage play. This film should get funding, if for anything else, for being looking original. I say give me more. This film could be epic.

  5. It seems a tiny bit too 300/The Spirit/Sin City for my taste. It LOOKS cool, but in the end I suspect it will be vapid and lifeless.

  6. Kinda like ’300′…only with Katana’s and space ships. Cool!

  7. @Mike E
    Bear in mind there’s no ACTUAL movie to go with this yet.
    It’s just a conceptual thing, like that Spanish Arkham Asylum trailer.

  8. As a personal project? Outstanding!!! As a potential movie? Boy,there is so much that could happen between this and the possible end result, who knows? It seems to be trying to be different in some respects, so I guess we should applaud that, at least.

  9. Trailer looks pretty interesting to say the least.

  10. it’s to me morely like Wacky Brother Speed Racer!

  11. Eh, too much like a Sin City/300 rip off, and with characters I don’t care about, so looks like a rental at best for me at least. I can see this being pretty popular maybe.

  12. Well Firstly samurai’s didnt do kung fu. WIRE PLAY IS LAME AND OUT LIVED ITS USEFULNESS now. The film reminds me of an Anime called Black Lion. And at least it looks better than Ninja Assassin IMO.

  13. SIN187UM says: “And at least it looks better than Ninja Assassin IMO.”

    I agree with you SIN187UM but all that shadowing was done to save money as much as artistic feel IMO. It’s a practical consideration because of the films purpose, finding a backer.

  14. Sure, give it funding. IMO, it looks much more interesting than 3/4 of the movies that come out every year. Neil BlomKamp, along with Jackson, showed what can be done with low-budget movies.

    This has a unique premise and shows potential, which is more than I can say about most movies nowadays.


  15. wow man that looks awsome hell yea. i just thought recently how cool a frank miller samurai movie would be like 300 with ninjas instead of spartans truly awsome.

  16. Wow, I for one would definitely see this one!
    But it could go both ways. Eiter it will be epic or simply awful.
    But from the trailer, I think it looks cool!

  17. This could be Ghost in The Shell / Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
    If the end result does involve space ships, samurai clans somehow combining in a respective manner it will be an ORIGINAL type of film (perhaps only targeting a niche market – but thats how you get cult following right) there are very few “original” films released these days.
    Does it deserve funding – ABSOLUTELY.
    I can imagine it possibly becoming one of the cult-classic films for the last 10 years easy!