Wednesday, 28 September 2016


Out now in Japan, Sang-il Lee (Unforgiven) directs Ken Watanabe and Aoi Miyazaki in his latest thriller, Rage. Ikari (Rage) is the second time director Sang-il Lee has adapted a novel by Shuichi Yoshida, he previously adapted Akunin into 2010 movie, Villain. Three seemingly unrelated stories, one potential killer. Sounds like an arresting proposition if you ask me.

Synopsis: A man brutally murders a married couple and leaves behind the words "Ikari" ("Anger") written with their blood. The killer undergoes plastic surgery and flees. At three different locations in Japan, a male stranger appear. In each case, people suspect that the stranger might be the murderer.

At a fishing harbour in Chiba, Yohei Maki (Ken Watanabe) works with his daughter, Aiko (Aoi Miyazaki). Aiko begins to date Tetsuya Tashiro (Kenichi Matsuyama) and Yohei suspects that he might be the killer because he is using a fake name. Likewise, in downtown Tokyo, gay male Yuma Fujita works at an advertising agency. He meets Naoto Onishi and they move in together. Soon enough, Yuma begins to suspect that Naoto is the killer.

In Okinawa, Izumi Komiya and her mother move to an isolated island. One day, she takes a walk and meets Shingo Tanaka. The young man is backpacking alone. Izumi gets close to Shingo but he asks her to keep his identity from others.

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