Killers (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

April 4, 2015 by  


“Killers” is quite possibly the most disturbing, most f’d up film I have watched in a long time.  If you are looking for a glimmer of hope and the happiest of endings, then this film is not for you.  Otherwise, if you enjoy psychological thrillers that are provocative and immoral, then “Killers” is a film that may interest you.

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TITLE: Killers


DURATION: 138 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, Japanese, Indonesian and English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Subtitles: English

COMPANY: Well Go USA Entertainment


Release Date: April 7, 2015

Directed by Kimo Stamboel, Timo Thahjanto

Original Story by Takuji Ushiyama

Written by Tauji Ushiyama and Timo Tjahnto

Story and Screenplay by Timo Tjahjanto

Produced by Yoshinori Chiba, Shinjiro Nishimura, Kimo Stamboel, Timo Tjahjanto, Takuji Ushiyama

Executive Producer Rangga Maya Barack-Evans, Gareth Evans, Damien Lim, Aoura Lovenson Chandra, Daniel Mananta, Stephen Odang, Bernhard Subiakto, Akifumi Sugihara, Andrew Sulaiman

Music by Aria Prayogi

Cinematography by Gunnar Nimpuno


Kazuki Kitamura as Nomura

Oka Antara as Bayu

Rin Takanashi as Hisae

Luna Maya as Dina Aditya

Ray Sahetapy as Dharma

Ersya Aurelia as Elly

Tensui Sakai as Souichi

Epy Kusnandar as Robert

Mei Kurokawa as Midori

Tara Basro as Dewi


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.

From the Mo Brothers (Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto) comes their 2014 Japanese-Indonesian psychological thriller titled “Killers”.

The first film collaboration for a thriller film between Japan and Indonesia, the film was co-written by Takuji Ushiyama and the Timo Tjahjanto.

The film was shown as Sundance Film Festival 2014 and will be released in April 2015 on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Well Go USA Entertainment.

“Killers” begins with a man and woman having sex, the next thing you see is the woman running into the woods being chased by someone.

She is caught, her head put into a plastic bag and she is handcuffed in a room with a man wearing a mask over his head.  He turns on cameras and immediately pulls out weapons and bludgeons the woman.

The man is Nomura Shohei (portrayed by Kazuki Kitamura), a young, successful Japanese executive in Tokyo who has a dark side.  He likes to wear a mask and torture his female victims on video and uploads them on the Internet for anyone to see.

One man who loves to watch them is an Indonesian journalist named Bayu Aditya (portrayed by Oka Antara), who is working on a story about a politician named Dharma.  Unfortunately, pursuing Dharma has led to an end to his marriage and his career.  The only thing that he treasures most is his remaining bond with his daughter.

As Bayu researches why this man posts videos of his killings and why he becomes infatuated with the killings, one day, he is robbed in a taxi and nearly murdered by the perpetrators, but by luck, he manages to survive after killing them.  But instead of running away, Bayu video tapes the dead mean and posts it on the Internet.

This leads to Nomura Shohei contacting Bayu and trying to bring out the serial killer within him.  But the difference is that instead of murdering women, Bayu wants revenge on Dharma and his family.

But what happens when Bayu’s life becomes more complicated as their psychological bond begins to grow?



“Killers” is presented in 1080p High Definition.  Picture quality for the film is very good as close-ups show plenty of detail.   Film looks magnificent in HD, with no signs of major artifacts or banding issues.


“Killers” is presented in Indonesian, Japanese and English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.  All languages are presented throughout the film and subtitles are in English.  The film is primarily dialogue-driven, with some parts of the film utilizing the surround channels for ambiance.  But for the most part, the film is front and center-channel driven.


“Killers” comes with no special features.


“Killers” comes with a slipcover.


After I finished watching Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto’s “Killers”, I think back to all the dark, fucked up Japanese dramas and films I have watched over the years.

The truth is “Killers” is no doubt one of the most fucked up films that I have seen in a very long time.  Definitely not a vibrant film…possibly the most immoral, disturbing, dark film depraved of any human compassion but with an ending so satisfying that you can’t help but ask yourself, how interesting this film was.

But first, let me say that if you are a person who wants to see hope, happiness and justice in a film about serial killers, “Killers” is not a film to expect any of that.

This is a film about a Japanese serial killer named Shohei who loves killing his female victims, possibly loves eating them and is the most sick individual you would see in a film.

In a twist, it brings out the killing ways of Bayu, an Indonesian journalist who loses everything.  He becomes infatuated with Shohei’s videos, but not in a sadistic way but more of a journalistic way of how can this man do such things and be OK with it.

Bu when Shohei is able to track Bayu’s IP address and both start to communicate with each other online, suffice to say, Shohei brings out the darkness within Bayu.

But unlike Shohei who targets helpless female individuals, Bayu wants revenge on the corrupted politician and those around him that led to him losing his family and career.

While this film sounds like there is an ounce of humanity that can be seen in this film, the truth is that this film is truly dark and any signs of compassion towards humanity is not evident.  In fact, maybe you will see it a few times from Bayu but any hope for potential victims is dashed.  You are literally depraved of any hope and are gifted by savage and disturbing scenes instead.

The Blu-ray release of “Killers” is a barebones release with no special features but the film itself.  The picture quality is great and lossless audio features crystal clear dialogue.

Overall, “Killers” is quite possibly the most disturbing, most f’d up film I have watched in a long time.  If you are looking for a glimmer of hope and the happiest of endings, then this film is not for you.  Otherwise, if you enjoy psychological thrillers that are provocative and immoral, then “Killers” is a film that may interest you.


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