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A series of horrific murders have just gone viral, posted anonymously by the handsome and seductive Nomura (Kazuki Kitamura) with a taste for torture. Thousands of miles away, disgraced journalist Bayu (Oka Antarra) can t stop watching and in a reckless moment discovers he, too, can kill. One man in Tokyo. One in Jakarta. A serial killer and a vigilante. As the posts multiply and the body count rises, a bizarre and psychotic rivalry begins and the face-to-face showdown that s coming will paint the city in blood.
Language - Indonesian, Japanese, and English (original)
Savage .. Immoral...Utterly Depraved --Variety
I wasn t able to take my eyes off the screen --JoBlo
A film that shoves a baseball bat down your throat --Twitch
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The basic plot is a friendship between a journalist and a serial killer and how they end up pushing each other into killing more and more on purpose and on accident. The film makers are very good at the portions of the movie where information delivered through actions. The actors excel in doing more without words than they do with it. A lot of that problem has to do with the fact that the directors don't have the best dialogue to give them. They give them more than enough though when it comes to actions. I learned way more about one of the guys through his reactions to finding a torture victim than I did through the words that they had him say. It shows an immaturity as a director to be so beholden to international standards of artistic communication that they didn't simply embrace their strengths. When the action starts, they really know how to get under your skin. The words though are just that. They never convey more like the actions do.
The actions sequences really are fantastic even when they are being uncomfortable, which is often, or unbelievable, which is also often. They have a big hotel fight sequence that on paper is kind of silly but on screen is pretty intense. I would happily watch another movie from these guys cause they got promise. They're gutsy. They seem to have something they want to say but until they embrace their strengths they'll never communicate it.
Is a mix of Norman Bates meets most pyscho killers but he can be very sympathetic at times which can make the viewer question their
morals. The kills while not extremly bloody, were still very unsettling especially in the opening sequence. The second main character from
Jakarta is really interesting and his path I found to be the most gripping.