The second official full-length trailer for The Last Airbender debuted last week but it didn't show too much new compared to the first trailer. This new one-minute Japanese trailer for the film offers more in terms of visuals we've not yet seen.
The Last Airbender is by far the largest-scale production for writer/director Shyamalan and the first time he steps out from his trend of original work to direct an adaptation of an established and popular franchise. After some very disappointing films from him in Lady in the Water and The Happening, this is how he can bring back the quality of work on his resume.
I loved the first teaser trailer for The Last Airbender which only showed the film's title character, Aang, practicing martial arts and his bending skills in a room full of candles as soldiers and ships of the Fire Nation approach his location. When the full trailers then came out, they didn't hit me like the teaser did but this Japanese trailer does a better job of it for me. It focuses in on the bending abilities of the four nations and acts basically as a special effects, showing what many of the characters can do.
From everything we've seen from the movie so far and from all accounts, M. Night Shyamalan is making a truely faithful adaptation of the hit Nickelodeon cartoon series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. Part of the reasons Shyamalan is paying careful attention to the series is because his two daughters are huge fans and won't let him do otherwise. As a fan of the series myself, this is on my most anticipated films of the year.
Shyamalan both writes and direct the project which stars Noah Ringer as Aang (The Last Airbender), Jackson Rathbone as Sokka, Nicola Peltz as Katara and Dev Patel as Zuko.
The Last Airbender opens in theaters on July 2nd, 2010.