After a huge festival run, the truly insane Japanese crime thriller Missing is now on all VOD platforms from Dark Star Pictures and Bloody Disgusting. It will release on Blu-ray December 6th.
Missing is a nonstop engaging thriller that erupts into a helluva shocking finale. To say that it slips into Takashi Miike territory isn’t an understatement.
We have an exclusive look at Missing in which two teens investigate a social media stalker who hangs and mutilated his victims… with a hack saw!
In the film…
“Depressed and in debt following the death of his wife, Santoshi (Jiro Sato) tells his young daughter he has found a way out. Pointing to a reward note, he vows to find the infamous serial killer ‘No Name’ (Hiroya Shimizu) and cash in, claiming to have seen the man in the flesh a few days earlier. Kaeda (Aoi Ito) cannot take her aloof father seriously.
“But when he goes missing without a trace, she starts to fear the worst—and must begin looking for him.”
Missing is written and directed by Shinzô Katayama. The filmmaker crossed paths with Bong Joon-Ho while shooting TOKYO! (2008) and served as his assistant director on Mother (2009). In 2019, his debut feature, Siblings of the Cape was selected by numerous domestic and international film festivals.
“Shinzô Katayama’s Missing is a serial killer thriller that trips you up, bounces you around and repels and entertains you all along the way,” writes Roger’s Movie Nation. “Quite a ride.”
Aint it Cool News calls it, “A Masterpiece,” further adding, “I love everything about this film… It’s one of the year’s best films, and that’s saying a lot given the caliber of movies in 2022. Just amazing! I cannot wait to see what Shinzô Katayama gifts us next.”
Killer Horror Critic calls the thriller “fascinating,” “heartbreaking,” and “undeniably captivating, moving, and even beautiful at times.” They add: “Missing is the reason I love cinema. Not for the faint of heart, Katayama’s film is an emotional experience that’ll have you in tears and feeling alive.”
Film Threat declares Missing “absolutely captivating.” They write, “Katayama directs with pure confidence, knowing the absorbing plot will only be bolstered by equally great visuals…The cast is perfect, the directing strong, and the story highly original. So why haven’t you seen it yet?”
Missing is “a gripping thriller that keeps you guessing,” writes Black Girl Nerds.
“A brilliantly twisty, heartbreaking thriller,” adds Daily Dead. “It’s worth every single second. Missing features a phenomenal cast and extraordinary storytelling, and boldly combines elements of horror, comedy, and drama. Missing is mind-blowingly genre-bending and plays a brilliant game of cat and mouse with the audience. This is cinematic excellence.”
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