Ok, we’ve been a bit crafty there, as Gareth Evans only actually produces Killers, but bung the name of the white-hot The Raid/The Raid 2 director into a headline and you have more chance of stirring up interest, right?

Killers is actually directed by the ‘Mo Brothers’ Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel, and promises to be an explosive, brutal piece of work as it focuses on two warring serial killers.

Here’s the advertising blurb:

Nomura is a good looking and stylish man in his early thirties who lives a successful life in Tokyo, Japan. Girls are drawn to him, something he uses to his advantage as none of them realise the sinister truth behind the clean-cut façade.

Nomura has been leaving a legacy of violent murders that he immortalises through video clips posted on a public video website. He thrives off of the fact that millions are witnessing his work through the virally spread videos.

Thousands of miles away from him, in a whole different world, lives Bayu, a disgraced investigative journalist living in a violent and unstable Jakarta, Indonesia. As Bayu’s life is hit by the nadir of failures, Nomura’s videos trigger his dark side as he starts to record his own brand of “justified” killings. Nomura’s seemingly confident and controlled charm starts to peel when his ego is wounded by the fact that Bayu’s videos have reached a significant numbers of followers that could rival his own.

Complicating matters further is Nomura’s bizarre attraction towards a traumatised young florist Hisae. Bayu himself starts to sink deeper into a spiral of violence; obsessed with bringing down one of the country’s biggest and most corrupt politicians, but during his bloody rampage he doesn’t realise the repercussions towards his young daughter, Elly.

When the rivalry between Nomura and Bayu becomes an uncontrollable psychosis, the two of them must face each other in one of the most exhilarating film finales in years.

Normally we take that stuff with a pinch of salt, but we must admit we’re pretty intrigued by the premise – and the talent involved.

Which is why we’re happy that Killers will actually get a UK cinema release on July 18, before heading to home entertainment in September.

Headlined by The Raid 2 stars Oka Antara and Kazuki Kitamura, we’ll run a review of this one as soon as we can.

 

 

 

 

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.