Gary Shore’s The Cup of Tears: Sci-Fi Samurai Badassness at its Finest

Holy shit. Now this is awesome. Remember the first time you saw “300” or “Cassern” or all those samurai movies by Akira Kurosawa? Well, it looks like Irish director Gary Shore saw them too and put them all into a blender, shook it up, and came out with “The Cup of Tears”. Okay, so the title could use some work (I originally thought this was some angst-filled indie movie about suicidal novelists or some such), but there’s no denying that the film’s trailer is truly kickass and is poised to storm its way into geek’s hearts everywhere in 2010. Consider my geekiness geeked out. Via Firstshowing.

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.

Shore’s only previous work was a 2006 short sci-fi horror movie called “The Draft”, and has no listing for “Cup of Tears” at all. From the looks of the trailer, the film appears almost if not completely finished, and should hit its 2010 targeted release date without much of a problem. How exactly did something like this get made under the radar for all this time?