Ken Watanabe Stars in Japanese Thriller, Rage

With the Toronto International Film Festival just around the corner, the debut trailer for Japanese superstar Ken Watanabe’s latest offering, Rage (Ikari), has landed with an almighty splash.

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Directed by Lee Sang-il (Unforgiven, Hula Girls), Rage tells a the story of a single brutal murder whose complex and sinister threads reach deep into the lives of a number of different people across three different cities in Japan. The trailer below sets the tone of the film, with shots of cryptic messages painted in blood onto the wall effectively off-setting the colorful backdrops of Japan’s southern islands and vibrant nightclubs.

Joining Ken Watanabe (Inception, The Last Samurai, Letters from Iwo Jima) are a number of up and coming Japanese acting talents, including Aoi Miyazaki (The Great Passage, Wolf Children), Satoshi Tsumabuki (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, The Assassin) and Mirai Moriyama (The Drudgery Train).

This will be Watanabe’s second project with director, Sang-il Lee, having previously worked with him back in 2013 on the Unforgiven, a reinterpretation of Clint Eastwood’s classic movie of the same name.

Rage is set to premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival before then opening in Japan on 17th September. The movie is still seeking a distributor for the U.S. and Europe.

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