The plot of the movie is thoroughly dark and you cannot expect any happy ending. Killers (2014) is not my taste, however, I say “go” for anyone except children for three reasons—the beauty of linking two storylines, the mix of humor, extremely thrilling violence.
Firstly, the greatest part of the film is the success of linking totally different characters living in two countries—Japan and Indonesia. There is an ‘established’ serial killer in Tokyo, Shuhei Nomura (Kazuki Kitamura, 北村一輝), and he records his ‘masterpieces’ and post on internet. Bayu Aditya (Oka Antara), a cameraman in Jakarta, becomes attracted to it and that changes himself, gradually and gradually. You cannot turn your eyes away from the struggle of Bayu. The climax is when the two cross the path.
Secondly, the film does not forget funny factors. It should be the work of two Indonesian directors—Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto. It is not an easy task to tell in texts, then please check it at a theater. The actors will ease your tension several times.
Typically Japanese filmmakers are not good at adding humor in serious movies. They tend to stick to create one world in one color. The collaboration would have provided nice lessons to Japanese films, too.
Lastly, Killers has extremely crazy violence. Mostly scream and blood. Watching the movie with children is NOT recommended.
I got a chance to talk with Oka today and he said, “Bayu has a daughter and her afterlife will be nightmare.” As the movie’s title suggests, a killer makes another killer. I personally believed that the message of the film was how to overcome the dark side of humanity, but the hopelessness was a nice theme to discuss about. Killers depicts the reason of the birth of a killer and the chain results.
I would like to point out one more thing. According to Oka, Kitamura was not a good English speaker and they had to use a translator to communicate with (Oka is Indonesian-English bilingual). He said Kitamura is an awesome actor and can read what directors or counterparts want to him. It should be a great plus for Japanese actors to experience more in international fields.