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Killers

Canadian Premiere
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • 2013
  • 137 mins
  • DCP
  • Indonesian / Japanese / English
  • English (subtitles)
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Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2014
Official Selection, Jeonju International Film Festival 2014
Official Selection, Nippon Connection Festival 2014

A psychopath is terrorizing Tokyo. He goes by the name of Nomura. Rich and handsome, he has no trouble picking up girls and bringing them back home. They all end up in his homemade studio, where he films their brutal deaths by various instruments. Once finished, he erases all trace of their presence and, having finished the dirty work, posts the video on the web and waits for reactions before beginning the hunt once more. Bayu, a washed-up reporter from Jakarta, secretly follows Nomura’s “work”. Following a public altercation with a known businessman who’s as dirty as he is influential, he finds himself in a slum apartment far from his wife and daughter, a situation that doesn’t do much to raise his already-slumping spirits. One night, Bayu is violently attacked by two ruffians, one of which ends up dead at his self-defensive hands. Caught up in the hysteria of the moment, he surprises himself by recording his assailants’ agony and then posting the video on the website where Nomura nests. A morbid relationship then unfolds between the two men through numerous chatting sessions. Bayu’s impulses quickly return, to the delight of his partner, who positions himself as some kind of mentor. If one kills only for pleasure, the other cries vengeance and looks for justice. From this hurricane of murderous madness, blood will rain on Tokyo and Jakarta.

One of this year’s Sundance sensations, KILLERS follows a furious duel of unbelievable violence that will make even the hardest viewers shiver. Displaying a brutal realism in the multiple scenes where the protagonists indulge their homicidal tendencies using diametrically opposite methods, this horrifying suspense thriller by the Mo Brothers (MACABRE), Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stromboel, relies on gripping sound design, imaginative photography and close-to-perfect gore effects to nail us to our seats until its terrifying final act. If you’ve seen the “Safe Heaven” segment written and directed by Tjahjanto with Gareth Evans (THE RAID) during the Fantasia’s 2013 screening of VHS 2, you have an idea of the intensity through which KILLERS will put you. Actors Kazuki Kitamura (THERMAE ROMAE) and Oka Antara (THE RAID 2) do a remarkable job here, transposing into their every action the personality of their characters. Fans of THE CHASER and COLD FISH, don’t you dare miss out on KILLERS.

— Nicolas Archambault

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