Rage (" Ikari")

Quebec Premiere
  • Japan
  • 2016
  • 142 mins
  • Japanese
  • English (subtitles)
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Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival 2016, San Sebastian Film Festival 2016, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2016

“An astute mixture of multi-strand drama and murder mystery that engrosses for two solid hours” - Dennis Harvey, VARIETY

"It’s an intriguing platform for the ensemble cast to shine on – and they duly pull off their emotionally intense parts with both subtlety and grace." -Edmund Lee, SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

A double homicide shakes the nation, and its perpetrator has eluded capture. At the scene of the crime, there is only one clue, which confounds the police: a kanji - the word “rage” - traced on the walls with the blood of the victims. Then, in three distinct regions of Japan, a stranger makes an appearance. First, in the life of Yohei (Ken Watanabe), an employee at the port of Chiba who suspects his young daughter Aiko (Yu Aoi) of falling in with a sketchy young man. Then, in that of businessman Yuma (Satoshi Tsumabuki), who initiates a relationship with a stranger he meets in a sauna. Finally, in Okinawa, a girl (Suzu Hirose) meets a traveler who asks her to keep his presence on the island secret. Any could be the killer sought by the police... just as any, without exception, could simply be a person on the fringes, in need of human contact, a new life, a new identity...

Director Lee Sang-il (VILLAIN) returns with RAGE, one of the most acclaimed Japanese films of 2016. With the sure hand of a master, Lee orchestrates an ambitious and dread-drenched thriller, coupled with a perceptive drama which journeys from one side of Japan to the other, from the great metropolis, to the coastal regions, to the sun-soaked beaches of Okinawa, while at the same time tackling several realities (including a rare insight into the gay lifestyle in Tokyo, as well as an unsettling view of the American presence constantly renewed in the south of the country). With a breathtaking cast that includes Go Ayano (SHINJUKU SWAN 2), Aoi Miyazaki (IF CATS DISAPPEARED FROM THE WORLD) and Kenichi Matsuyama (DEATH NOTE: LIGHT UP THE NEW WORLD), RAGE is simply a must – A great thriller about isolation and how we see others.

- translated by Rupert Bottenberg

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