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TIFF 2016: New Poster Scores a Headshot!

Posted by Steve Barton on September 1, 2016

On tap right now we have the official poster from Headshot, which will make its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, September 9th, as a part of the festival’s Midnight Madness section.

Directed by Tim Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel (The Mo Brothers), Headshot stars Iko Uwais (The Raid), Chelsea Islan, Sunny Pang, and Julie Estelle. Vertical Entertainment and XYZ Films will be releasing the film in North America and orchestrating a simultaneous worldwide VOD release across multiple platforms.

The indomitable Iko Uwais (The Raid) stars in this fast and furious actioner as an amnesiac whose mysterious past as a killing machine comes to the fore when he takes on the henchmen of a vengeful drug lord.

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Headshot Being Distributed Globally by Vertical Entertainment and XYZ Films

Posted by Debi Moore on November 11, 2015

More distro news was released today, and this latest announcement should be of special interest to fans of The Raid‘s Iko Uwais and Asian horror!  Read on for the details of how and when you can check out Headshot!

From the Press Release:
Nikkatsu Corporation has partnered with Vertical Entertainment and XYZ Films for global distribution of the Indonesian action thriller HEADSHOT. The companies will coordinate to release the film day-and-date around the globe on digital and VOD platforms, alongside targeted theatrical releases in select territories.

HEADSHOT, which is currently in production in Indonesia, is directed by The Mo Brothers (Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel) and stars Iko Uwais, Chelsea Islan, Julie Estelle, and Sunny Pang. The film is based on a script by Tjahjanto and is produced by Mike Wiluan, Wicky Olindo, Sukdev Singh, and Shinjiro Nishimura, with Nikkatsu handling international sales and negotiating the global pact with Vertical and XYZ. The film is financed by Screenplay Infinite Film, Surya Citra Media (SCM), Amuse Entertainment Singapore, and Nikkatsu Corporation Japan.

Screenplay Infinite Film and partner SCM will handle Indonesian distribution, Nikkatsu in Japan and the rest of Asia, with Vertical and XYZ releasing in North America and orchestrating a simultaneous worldwide VOD release across multiple platforms.

Vertical has had success with its North American distribution operation and is pushing into the global market with day-and-date releases set for titles Terminus, He Never Died, and Frank & Cindy, the first two in collaboration with XYZ.  XYZ worked with The Mo Brothers on the Sundance hit Killers and with Uwais and Estelle on Gareth Evans’ iconic The Raid franchise.

“The distribution landscape is changing for films like HEADSHOT. It makes the most sense to target the core audience directly on a worldwide basis, taking advantage of the platforms with the most traction,” says Aki Sugihara, EVP of International Operations for Nikkatsu. 

The film is expected to wrap production in mid-December.

HEADSHOT follows an amnesiac (Uwais; pictured below) who washes ashore with a serious and mysterious head injury. His past comes back to haunt him shortly after being nursed back to health by a young doctor (Islan).

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Killers (Blu-ray / DVD)

Posted by Scott Hallam on April 6, 2015

Killers Blu-rayStarring Kazuki Kitamura, Oka Antara, Rin Takanashi, Luna Maya, Ray Sahetapy, Epy Kusnandar, Ersya Aurelia, Tensui Sakai

Directed by Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto (The Mo Brothers)

Distributed by Well Go USA


Every once in a while a film comes along that takes what has been done previously and adds its own spin onto the subject matter and comes away with a home run of a movie. Killers does just that. This is an uber-slick film that squares two killers against one another in a brutal and bloody love/hate relationship.

The first ever thriller collaboration between Japan and Indonesia, Killers begins by focusing on a maniacal psychopath named Nomura, who is based in Tokyo. We see him in action as he woos women, lures them to his home, tortures, and kills them, all while filming from several different angles. Then Nomura edits his footage and posts the completed video to a website for the world to see. Nomura’s highly-polished look and cool demeanor give him a strong Patrick Bateman vibe. Let’s call him Japanese Psycho.

Not long into the film, Nomura’s video postings are discovered by a journalist in Jakarta named Bayu, who is watching his life fall apart all around him. His career is in ruins, his wife (whom he’s still very much in love with) has taken his daughter and separated from him, and Bayu wants nothing more than to reunite with his family and return to a peaceful life. But of course, things don’t go his way. After a brutal attempted assault and robbery, Bayu has his own video to post to the website alongside Nomura’s, and the two are soon in contact. It’s then that their attraction/revulsion of each other begins to manifest. The two personalities begin to change, that which was hard becoming seemingly softer, and vice versa.

Filmmakers Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto (The Mo Brothers) really scored here. Killers is such a fantastic effort because it takes something we love and enhances it. The movie takes the slasher sub-genre of horror and puts a wicked spin on it. So many cool elements are added in…the videotaping of the murders to post online, the need for approval, the mentoring/competition that goes on between Nomura and Bayu all make for something that feels very new and exciting. Killers accomplishes the none-too-easy task of taking something old and comfortable and making it feel fresh while still maintaining the elements we love.

And foremost amongst the beloved elements of a slasher movie retained in Killers is outstanding special F/X work. This movie is loaded with plenty of brutal, bloody moments. Nomura and Bayu are nothing if not efficient at extermination, but they’re not always super-clean during the act. Gore fans will certainly be satisfied with what they find in Killers. Not only bloody, but really brutal as well, Killers lives up to the name and the expectations that a movie with that title will generate. Fear not… you get your blood, baby! Plenty of it.

You also get a masked killer. In fact you get a pair of them. Driving the horror genre for years, masked killers have long been the mainstay of slashers. But you get more than that. You get two very different murderers: one a remorseless killing machine and one who tries to legitimize his behavior because of the nature of his victims.

The two actors taking on the roles of our killers are both outstanding. Kazuki Kitamura plays the Bateman-esque Nomura brilliantly. He’s a perfect predator. He is a shark preying on victims that are nearly helpless against his charms and experience at his craft. And Oka Antara as Bayu is the polar opposite. The Indonesian reporter (who looks like an Asian version of John Legend) is simply trying to do the right thing, but somehow murders keep happening. Add in a stellar performance of Robert, a scumbag lawyer, by Epy Kusnandar as well as a standout supporting cast, and you’ve got a knock-out of a movie. And just in case you were wondering just where you saw Bayu and Robert before, think back to the outstanding segment “Safe Haven” from V/H/S/2. Yep, the cult one. That little nightmare was co-written and co-directed by Timo Tjahjanto (of our Mo Brothers) and Gareth Huw Evans (who co-produced Killers). We’ve got ourselves a powerhouse of a team brewing here.

Unfortunately, the Blu-ray contains no special features aside from the trailer. It would have been nice to get a little deeper look at what went into making the film, but that’s a concession we’re willing to make.

Killers is great! The Japanese-Indonesian collaboration works wonderfully, and the two lead characters are magnetic. The story is intriguing; and the action, brutal violence, and intensity are all at a high level, culminating in a finale that will call Oldboy to mind. This is one to put on your must-watch list for sure!

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The Mo Brothers Bring Killers into Your Home Video Collection

Posted by John Squires on February 24, 2015

Produced by The Raid‘s Gareth Evans and directed by Indonesian duo The Mo Brothers (Macabre), psychological revenge thriller Killers is backed by some serious talent and has been scooping up rave reviews across the board. When can you see it? Read on!

Well Go USA announced today that they’ll be releasing Killers on April 7th on both DVD and Blu-ray. Special features haven’t yet been announced, but we invite you to check out the box art below.

The horror-thriller stars Kazuki Kitamura (Kill Bill: Volumes 1 & 2), Oka Antara (The Raid 2), Rin Takanashi (Like Someone in Love), Luna Maya (My Blackberry Girlfriend), and Ray Sahetapy (The Raid).

Synopsis:
A series of horrific murders just went viral, posted anonymously by the handsome and seductive Nomura (Kazuki Kitamura), a predator 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.

Killers Blu-ray

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Killers (2015)

Posted by Matt Boiselle on January 22, 2015

KillersStarring Oka Antara, Rin Takanashi, Kazuki Kitamura

Directed by Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto

Distributed by Well Go USA Entertainment


I think we can all agree that the rivalry between two strangers can be the stuff of legends – whether it be who is the better student or the better athlete – but how about who is the more entertaining killer when two people don’t really know each other so neither is willing to back down? Now that’s one to chew on, indeed… and with the directorial switch-hitting of the “Mo Brothers” (Stamboel and Tjahjanto), Killers is a display that showcases both sides of murder, from torturous to justifiable, and how one side views the other.

Our two main characters are Nomura (Kazuki Kitamura) and Bayu (Oka Antara). Nomura is a sadistic killer who lures attractive young women back to his home, where he systematically tortures them, eventually ending their lives in some sort of sadistic fashion, all the while filming and later uploading it to the internet for all to see. Bayu is a down-on-his-luck journalist who is in the midst of a personal crisis, and after a botched robbery he decides to kill his attackers (which he sees as condonable), film it, and upload it to the internet as well. As the two men begin to find each other’s kills online, they start to become “obsessed” with each other’s work and initiate a competition of sorts. While Nomura slaughters innocents at the drop of a hat, Bayu only lays waste to those that have done either him or someone else wrong. In any event, the contest begins to spiral out of control as more and more bodies pile up, and the two murderers seem destined to have a head-on collision at some point.

The movie’s premise is rather simple with violence that is off-the-charts in both its inventiveness and visual display, and the characters are people that some of the mad masses could definitely agree with. Kitamura plays it cool and calm with his Patrick Bateman-like style of getting bloody, and Antara excels as the at times frightened soul who acts out of sheer desperation. As the movie offers viewers a stunning series of ocular treats that will make the gorehounds yank at their chains, there are a few CGI moments that come off as simply hokey; and with a runtime of nearly 140 minutes, there just wasn’t a real need to shove the story down our throats for so long.

As Killers drew to a close and I’d wiped as much blood off of myself as I could, there was a brief moment of relief as the credits rolled, not so much due to the length of the movie, but it had seemed like the Mo Brothers had made some sense of the madness that was played out on screen. Take it or leave it, there’s a little lunatic in ALL of us, and under the perfect circumstances, one side of the lunatic switch could be flipped, whether it be based on the need for a little sadism or if you felt the urge to right a personal wrong. Either way you slice it, Killers is a film that should be enjoyed at least once, but PLEASE leave your video cameras off, as blood on the lens can truly ruin an otherwise genuinely exquisite shot.

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Exclusive Killers Clip Causes a Collision

Posted by Steve Barton on January 9, 2015

Well Go USA’s release of the new film from Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto (aka The Mo Brothers), Killers, is finally in sight; and right now we have an exclusive clip for you cats. Dig it!

Look for it on January 23, 2015, in select theaters and on digital HD.

Synopsis:
A series of horrific murders just went viral, posted anonymously by the handsome and seductive Nomura (Kazuki Kitamura), a predator 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.

Killers

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Killers Come to the U.S. in January

Posted by Steve Barton on December 11, 2014

Well Go USA announced today that the new film from Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto (aka The Mo Brothers), Killers, is officially on its way to U.S. shores on on January 23, 2015.

Synopsis:
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 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 for 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.

Indonesian Killers Arriving in the UK Soon!

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Killers – New Trailer and Stills

Posted by Steve Barton on August 11, 2014

Killers - New Trailer and StillsWe told you a month ago that the hotly anticipated new film from Macabre directing duo Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto (aka The Mo Brothers), Killers, had theatrical and DVD/Blu-ray release dates in the UK; and right now we have new stills and a trailer for you to chew on!

Killers arrives on store shelves September 1st.

Synopsis:
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 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 for 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.

Killers

Killers

Killers

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Well Go USA Acquires North American Rights to Sundance Favorite Killers

Posted by Debi Moore on February 3, 2014

Well Go USA Acquires North American Rights to Sundance Favorite KillersWith the European Film Market kicking off this week in Berlin, expect lots of announcements, but first we have some North American distro news to share as Well Go USA Entertainment has just picked up those rights to the Sundance favorite Killers.

The company plans a domestic theatrical release date for the fourth quarter of 2014.

The Japanese/Indonesian co-production was directed by Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel (The Mo Brothers) and stars Kazuki Kitamura, Oka Antara, Rin Takanashi, Luna Maya, and Ray Sahetapy.

Gareth Huw Evans (The Raid: Redemption) executive produced, with Yoshinori Chiba, Kimo Stamboel, Shinjiro Nishimura, Takuji Ushiyama, and Tjahjanto producing.

In the film, two serial killers, one Japanese and one Indonesian, post their violent crimes online in a psychotic battle for notoriety. It soon becomes clear that they will square off with one another face-to-face.

The deal was brokered by Well Go USA Entertainment President Doris Pfardrescher with XYZ Films’ Nate Bolotin on behalf of the filmmakers. XYZ Films also represents the film’s international distribution rights.

Synopsis:
Developed by The Mo Brothers from a story by Nightmare Detective producer Ushiyama Takuji, Killers is a dark psychological look into the minds of two men with nothing in common: Nomura, a self-obsessed serial killer residing in Tokyo, and Bayu, a failing journalist and a struggling father in Jakarta. Connected through violent incidents, both men inexplicably start to feed off each other. As their lives become more uncontrollable, each of them starts to journey into a maze of violent self-discovery.




Killers

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Well Go USA Acquires North American Rights to Sundance Favorite Killers

Posted by Debi Moore on February 3, 2014

Well Go USA Acquires North American Rights to Sundance Favorite KillersWith the European Film Market kicking off this week in Berlin, expect lots of announcements, but first we have some North American distro news to share as Well Go USA Entertainment has just picked up those rights to the Sundance favorite Killers.

The company plans a domestic theatrical release date for the fourth quarter of 2014.

The Japanese/Indonesian co-production was directed by Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel (The Mo Brothers) and stars Kazuki Kitamura, Oka Antara, Rin Takanashi, Luna Maya, and Ray Sahetapy.

Gareth Huw Evans (The Raid: Redemption) executive produced, with Yoshinori Chiba, Kimo Stamboel, Shinjiro Nishimura, Takuji Ushiyama, and Tjahjanto producing.

In the film, two serial killers, one Japanese and one Indonesian, post their violent crimes online in a psychotic battle for notoriety. It soon becomes clear that they will square off with one another face-to-face.

The deal was brokered by Well Go USA Entertainment President Doris Pfardrescher with XYZ Films’ Nate Bolotin on behalf of the filmmakers. XYZ Films also represents the film’s international distribution rights.

Synopsis:
Developed by The Mo Brothers from a story by Nightmare Detective producer Ushiyama Takuji, Killers is a dark psychological look into the minds of two men with nothing in common: Nomura, a self-obsessed serial killer residing in Tokyo, and Bayu, a failing journalist and a struggling father in Jakarta. Connected through violent incidents, both men inexplicably start to feed off each other. As their lives become more uncontrollable, each of them starts to journey into a maze of violent self-discovery.




Killers

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