Nikkatsu Partners with Guerilla Merah Films for KILLERS
As part of its 100th anniversary celebration, the Japanese studio Nikkatsu has partnered with the Indonesian studio Guerilla Merah Films to co-produce KILLERS (KILLERS キラーズ, Kirazu). The second feature film from Indonesian directors The Mo Brothers, KILLERS stars Kazuki Kitamura (GODZILLA: FINAL WARS, SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO) as a serial killer in Tokyo who is posting his violent crimes online, inspiring a rogue vigilante (played by Oka Antara) in Jakarta to do the same. A psychotic game of cat and mouse ensues as the two men battle for notoriety.
KILLERS is executive produced by Gareth Evans, director of the international hit THE RAID (2011). The supporting cast includes Rin Takanashi (SHINKENGER, NEO ULTRA Q), Ray Sahetapy (NOESA PENIDA), Mei Kurokawa (YAKUZA WEAPON, A STORY OF YONOSUKE) and Denden (COLD FISH, THE LAND OF HOPE).
The movie will have its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2014.
DIRECTORS: THE MO BROTHERS
The Mo Brothers, Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel, met while students at the School of Visual Arts in Sydney in 2002. The following year they collaborated on the slasher film short ALONE (Sendiri). In 2004, Timo journeyed to New York to pursue freelance work while taking a yearlong directing course at the New York Film Academy, while Kimo went back to Indonesia to start his production company. In 2007, they teamed up to bring something new and fresh to the Indonesian film Industry by focusing on the horror and thriller genres.
Under the moniker of The Mo Brothers, Timo and Kimo finished a prototype short film entitled DARA (Darah, 2007) which was screened at various genre-oriented film festivals around the globe and included in the anthology TAKUT: FACES OF FEAR (2008). In 2008, they shot what would eventually be lauded as the first true South East Asian slasher film: MACABRE (Rumah Dara, aka DARA’S HOUSE, 2009). Breaking from the Indonesian tradition of supernatural horror films, MACABRE earned the “Best Actress” award for Shareefa Daanish at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.
Timo Tjahjanto also co-directed the segment SAFE HAVEN for V/H/S 2 (2013) with Gareth Evans.
Nomura, a man in his early thirties, lives successfully in Tokyo, Japan. Girls like him and he likes being in their company, however, none of them realizes the true sinister identity behind his clean-cut façade. Nomura has been leaving a legacy of violent murders that he immortalizes through video clips that he posts in a public video website. He revels on the sight and fact that millions of people have been witness through his 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, he starts to take cue from Nomura’s videos that create an alter ego of a vigilante serial killer who records 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 traumatized young florist Hisae. Bayu himself starts to sink deeper into a spiral of violence; obsessed to bring down one of the country’s biggest corruptor leaving a series of bloody rampage, not realizing the repercussion towards his young daughter Elly.
As chaos unfurl a rivalry between Nomura and Bayu develops into an uncontrollable psychosis, impacting on the people surrounding them. Nomura’s eventual peak of mMayhem will find himself traveling to a country he never know of, confronting Bayu, sending both into a climatic clash.
World Premiere: January 20, 2014 (Sundance Film Festival)
Japanese Theatrical Release: February 1, 2014
Indonesian Theatrical Release: February 6, 2014
Running Time: 137 Minutes
Nomura: Kazuki Kitamura
Bayu: Oka Antara
Hisae: Rin Takanashi
Dharma: Ray Sahetapy
Dina: Luna Maya
Director: The Mo Brothers (Kimo Stamboel, Timo Tjahjanto)
Screenplay: Timo Tjahjanto, Takuji Ushiyama
Producers: Yoshinori Chiba, Shinjiro Nishimura, Kimo Stamboel, Takuji Ushiyama, Timo Tjahjanto
Screenwriters: Timo Tjahjanto, Takuji Ushiyama
Executive Producers: Naoki Sato, Keizo Yuri, Akifumi Sugihara, Kenjiro Toba, Daniel Mananta, Damien Lim, Kerenina Sunny Halim, Rangga Maya Barack-Evans, Gareth Huw Evans, Andrew Suleiman, Stephen Odang, Berhard Subiakto, Aoura Lovenson Chandra, Damon Hakim
Cinematographer: Gunnar Nimpuno
Editor: Arifin Marhan Japri
Sound: Fajar Yuskemal, Aria Prayogi
Production Designers: Satoko Saito, Rico Marpaung
Music: Fajar Yuskemal, Aria Prayogi
Production: Nikkatsu Corporation, Guerilla Merah Films, PT. Merantau Films, XYZ Films, Million Pictures, Media Prima Production, Holy Bastard, Django Films, Point Set.Corporation, Damn Inc.
Theatrical Distribution: Nikkatsu (Japan), Guerilla Merah Films (Indonesia)
International Sales: Nikkatsu
© 2013 NIKKATSU/Guerilla Merah Films