Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
Inside Us Lives A Killer
Mr. Nomura is an eerily handsome, sharply dressed, sociopathic serial killer who preys on the women of Tokyo. In Jakarta, a world-weary journalist named Bayu finds himself unexpectedly falling into vigilantism after brutally killing two sadistic robbers. When each posts videos of their violent sprees online, the pair find one another on the Internet and begin a toxic and competitive duel. While Bayu clings to the hope that he can resume a normal life, Nomura continues to spill blood without remorse. Killing, advises Nomura, is something everyone ought to consider.
Marking the first collaboration between Japanese & Indonesian cinema, featuring many familiar faces from the cast of The Raid & The Raid 2, and giving its targeted fans a heavy dosage of gore & violence, Killers is a blood-soaked tale of murder & obsession that manages to get many things right over the course of its runtime, only to throw it all away in its final moments.
Killers tells the story of two men who live in two different nations but are connected by a single obsession. One segment concerns a serial killer in Tokyo who likes recording his killings & posting it online. Other segment concerns a journalist in Jakarta whose dark side is triggered after he checks out one of the uploaded videos.…
To finish off Glasgow FrightFest '14, we were in the safe capable hands of Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto aka The Mo Brothers. If you've ever seen any of their work, you know to brace yourself slightly beforehand.
KILLERS is the story of two men. One an established and psychotic killer, the other... less so. At 140 minutes we spend a lot of time with these ahem gentlemen. The deranged psycho likes to stalk his prey, court them before he acts on his real desire. The business end he films and posts to a website for like-minded sickos to watch/critique. An intrepid journalist stumbles across this on a moralistic quest and a window to his soul is thrust open. A strange bond is formed...
Expect lush cinematography, extreme violence, troubling issues and almost inappropriate comedy. You might hate yourself for laughing.
The Mo Brothers (who of course, are not really brothers) return with their second film some five years after their debut Macarbe made its mark. In the interim they have continued to raise their profile with contributions to the ABC and VHS horror anthologies. This latest collaboration, due to be their last for some time, is tagged as stepping away from their bloody style into psychological horror, although that is not really the case at all.
There is certainly an attempt made to move into a more cerebral realm despite the opening scene, as it should, laying out the tone for the rest of the film. The blood and violence is never really far away from the screen as we…
An Indonesian/Japanese psychological-horror/thriller import, which is dark, fierce, gritty gripping, compelling (at times), violent and immensely inspired by the 'Ultra Violent/Electroconvulsive therapy Finale' genre that the Korean filmmakers not only made popular, but also showed the world that Hollywood had competition. Hollywood has always had competition, just that the non-Hollywood contenders had to struggle to finance their films; forget promoting it in the face of the Hollywood machine.
Fair enough, I say; if you have all the Dead Presidents in the world then go ahead and blow your production value through the roof, and promote the A projects like it's a Presidential Campaign. Having noted that, of late, International Cinema has begun to creep in through Movie Streaming Sites like…
Killers is a slickly produced Japanese-Indonesian serial killer thriller directed by the Mo Brothers and produced by Gareth Evans‘ Merantau Films.
Oka Antara (Eka in The Raid 2) plays Bayu, an Indonesian journalist who lives separated from his wife (ex-wife?) and daughter and struggles with his job because he tried to expose some influential people’s crimes (one played by Ray Sahetapy who played the drug lord in the original The Raid) .
Bayu grows fascinated with snuff videos a slick Japanese guy posts online. And Kazuki Kitamura’s Nomura Shuhei (the right hand of the Japanese Mob boss in The Raid 2) is one sick, demented motherfucker.
Nomura contacts Bayu and challenges him to kill his problems instead of getting kicked…
This is just....a beautiful film. A rich businessman and a disgraced reporter share a magnificent bond videotaping flowers. Each man films for a different reason. Different flowers for different reasons. A film for lovers of fine arts cinema.
Dark. Twisted. Violent. I quite enjoyed this....
Kazuki Kitamura plays the psychopath exceptionally well.
This was awesome, asian movies never let me down and it being on netflix and didnt even know anything about this movie and end up loving it.
The same guys that made Macabre and the most memorable part of VHS2 are back with another dose of their distinct brand of Indonesian violence. Kitamura plays a sadistic killer from Japan that uploads video of his kills. An Indonesian man watches it, and an intriguing relationship begins. Two men in megacities thousands of miles apart wrestle with demons. Too much shaky cam and too long. Other than that, a brilliant thriller.
A dull and desultory meditation on violence that aims for incisive Martyrs-worthy grandiloquence (& I'm making that comparison as someone who thinks Martyrs is pretentious hot garbage) but -- with its threadbare characters, its "stately" pacing, its over-complicated plot, its The Dark Knight-cribbing climax, the terrible CGI forced upon that climax, and that awful self-aware final sequence -- falls well short of the mark. This really could've used a shot of the grody gonzo spirit that buoyed the Mo Brothers' recent horror-anthology shorts. Or a co-lead that could better match Kazuki Kitamura's "psychotic young(er) George Clooney" vibe. Or a few less subplots. And maybe just one female character that wasn't there simply to be threatened or killed.
Nihilistic, boring, serial killer trash.
And it's not even good! If it had style, it could aspire to be Hannibal, but it's got almost zero style and is just The Following.
Also kind of has a real hate-on for women.
An ultra-violent Japanese - Indonesian flick that tells its tale of two killers and their intersecting paths, by blending strong acting, impressive action scenes and a relatively complex plot, with a simplistic view of its more morally ambiguous moments, and a heavy-handed approach that becomes bothersome at times. Still, it's definitely worth a watch.
This is a terrible, tedious film with one amazing scene I've watched over and over again.
Some individual scenes and set pieces (the part where the main character escapes from the hotel being the stand out) are well put together but overall the movie just goes so overboard in everything it's hard to enjoy watching it. Don't get me wrong I'm a big fan of many dark movies but Killers goes so over the top dark it becomes hilarious. Not to mention it's 137 minutes long. What's the point of everything, the violence feels fetishized.
The plot is interesting and the direction is slick but it feels like there's a spark missing from Killers.
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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