TIFF 2016 Movie Review: RAGE (IKARI) (ANGER) (Japan 2016) ***** Top 10

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2016. Go to TIFF 2016 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

rage_poster.jpgRAGE (IKARI) (ANGER) (Japan 2016) ***** Top 10
Directed by Ang-Il Lee

Starring: Ken Watanabe, Hikari Mitsushima, Mirai Moriyama

Review by Gilbert Seah

One of the things most neglected in the judging of a film is the directors’s storytelling technique. In the new film RAGE (also called by different titles), three different stories are wonderfully intercut and linked by a gruesome murder of a husband and wife for no apparent reason.

A stranger shows up in 3 different towns and is the suspect for this murder. One story involves a gay man who picks up a stranger at a bath-house (after sex, of course) who he thinks might be the killer.

Another has a girl finally finding stability and love with a stranger with an unknown past. Her father (Ken Watanabe) digs up the dirt and suspicion falls on the new beau. Finally, the third involves a possible rape with a boyfriend and new friends trying to cope withe crime.

One needs a bit of patience and work to appreciate what the film is attempting but by the last film’s last reel, Lee will have you totally captivated in his storytelling. Besides being a film about rage, it is also one about forgiveness and redemption.

One of the hidden gems of this year’s festival.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbvcbQn1Zqc

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