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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.
Timo Tjahjanto has been one of my favorite directors for awhile now solely from his work in The ABCs of death and V/H/S/2, and this feature length film only supported his greatness. Working alongside Kimo Stamboel (another fantastic director) and the phenomenal Kazuki Kitamura, Killers is a thoroughly visceral and captivating look at the depths of the male psyche. Incredibly well done, this cereal killer spectacle needs to be seen to be believed. Though significantly less violent than Tjahjanto's previous works, Killers is still brutally violent to the point that I'd hesitate to recommend it to anyone who's squeamish; but otherwise, this is a movie that has a lot to say about our society. I'll admit that I need to see this again to get a more accurate feel for it since I was exhausted while watching it, but it's definitely worth seeing.
Two parallel, intersecting stories. A Japanese serial killer murders women on camera and posts the videos online; an Indonesian journalist embarks on a vigilante rampage against a corrupt business mogul. Their online correspondence eventually destroys both their lives.
Holy brutal, Batman. One of the most violent movies I've ever seen, but painfully good. Important things always seem to be happening in the background; you can't watch this lazily.
Kind of gets a bit lost in its own ambition, but it's admirable for it. Fucked up, demented and fascinatingly crazy.
The cast give fantastic performances (Kazuki Kitamura is evil incarnate, Oka Antara is believable and compelling as the anchor of the film, Rin Takanashi makes the most out of her ornamental role that she inspires sympathy from the get-go, Luna Maya gives a performance that conveys outside perspective that grounds the film, Mei Kurokawa is amusingly trampy)
The themes and psychological factors give compelling food-for-thought (What truly makes a killer? Does it matter what the intentions are for killing?)
The action scenes are well-done and plays off Oka Antara's character's incompetence (the scene in the taxi is especially brutal and darkly funny)
Speaking of darkly funny, there are some scenes that are shockingly hilarious, I almost thought…
This Indonesian-Japanese psychological thriller from The Mo Brothers puts forth the following question:
What is the difference between a sadistic serial killer and an "ordinary" man filled with rage?
The film's answer: Not all that much.
This is a slick and stylish film which demonstrates The Mo Brothers' skill at crafting an almost relentless level of suspense, unease and constant gripping of your seat worrying what might be about to happen. Even though the audience becomes immediately aware that the "worst" is likely to happen -- whenever it does, it is shocking.
Something that anyone who is planning to "experience" this movie needs to know is that The Mo Brothers have two feet solidly planted just at the line where…
What a thrilling film. A lot happens in this film that you can sort of get caught up in everything that's happening. The narrative is decent, but at time's you consider if it is really going anywhere. The ending act pieces it all together with just such a pleasing ending. Definitely a interesting film. would recommend 7.5/10
Pretty violent, but the ending left a bad taste in my mouth. That's just me though, I'm sure most other people will enjoy this.
A tip of the hood to Hollie Horror for bringing this one to my attention. A gripping, gruesome tale about a Japanese serial killer who posts videos of his handiwork online (and who favors a white hood) and the disgraced Indonesian journalist-turned-righteous vigilante who starts taking pointers from him.
I'm over serial killers. Or though I was until The Chaser and I Saw the Devil took me around blind corners at a relentless pace and revealed exciting new places to take the genre. This one is stylistically assured and a good looking horror show, but it's back to diminishing returns on torture and the 'relationship' of a thrill killer and his internet apprentice. If I never see a pretty lady in negligee screaming in anticipation of mutilation again I'm fine with that. Best moment: the reporter's sexual assault is an off-balance set piece and weirdly compelling. Too bad the rest of the film didn't jump sideways the way that scene did.
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