In 2017, Indonesian filmmaker Timo Tjahjanto, along with co-director Kimo Stamboel (the duo collectively known as “The Mo Brothers”) blew action fans away with their ultraviolent 2017 martial arts thriller “Headshot“. Now, fans of that film’s blend of martial arts action and horror movie violence will soon have the chance for a second helping with the pending release of Tjahjanto’s long-in-development “The Night Comes For Us”, set to premiere at the 2018 Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. In the meantime, fans can catch a tiny glimpse of what the film has in store with some newly released images, which you can see below.
The film reunites Tjahjanto with “The Raid” star Iko Uwais from “Headshot”, along with that film’s big boss, Sunny Pang, and Iko’s fellow alumni of the aforementioned 2012 hit, Joe Taslim. While there’s no trailer or other glimpse of the film beyond the released images, the featured cast certainly instills confidence in the film’s martial arts bonafides, while the director instills confidence that “The Night Comes for Us” will definitely not be for the squeamish.
The official synopsis below also gives fans an idea of what the film holds in store:
“A former triad enforcer must protect a young girl while trying to escape his former gang, setting off a violent battle on the streets of Jakarta.
For years, Ito and his crew were like family. A family of drug-runners and criminals, sure, but a family. But when Ito mysteriously disappears, the balance shifts. His crew splinters, Bobby loses a foot in the ensuing violence, and Arian takes a position in Triad upper management running nightclubs in Macau. Thinking him dead, his girlfriend Shinta moves on with her life. So when Ito shows up years later with a young girl in tow and the Triads after him, there’s a lot to catch up on.
The old crew reassembles and tells him about Yohan, the psychotic butcher who took over the drug trade when Ito’s crew imploded. Yohan also happens to have a stash of cash that Ito left behind, and he wants it back. Then there’s Arian to deal with, after his Triad boss Chien Wu orders him to hunt and kill the child and his old friends. But Chien Wu isn’t placing all his faith in Arian and sends an unbelievable onslaught of machete-wielding low-level wannabes to make sure the job gets done.
Director Timo Tjahjanto is back with a vengeance. One half of the creative powerhouse known as The Mo Brothers, a team responsible for MACABRE, KILLERS and Fantastic Fest 2016’s HEADSHOT, as well as a killer segment in V/H/S 2, Timo is certainly no stranger to body counts. And yet he seems to be driven to constantly one-up himself, delivering more action set pieces and a higher death toll in this single film than most entire franchises can boast. Starring HEADSHOT’s Sunny Pang, THE RAID 2’s Zack Lee and Iko Uwais and Joe Taslim from THE RAID with Iko coordinating the action, the film is a veritable who’s who of Southeast Asian martial arts superstars. Hold on to your ass because life is truly cheap in this insane roller coaster ride that’ll hit you like a shot of adrenaline to your synapses.”
Considering that “The Night Comes for Us” began development as far back as 2014, it’s certainly been a long time coming for the project to finally release (for a time, the makers involved had even reconsidered releasing it in the form of a graphic novel). The film’s long, arduous road to completion, with its world premiere right around the corner, serves as a powerful reminder of the reward of following one’s passion no matter how long it takes. And, considering the talent involved, “The Night Comes for Us” looks to have been worth the exciting wait for every red-blooded martial arts action aficionado around the world reading this right now!
“The Night Comes for Us” is set to premiere at the 2018 Fantastic Fest, which runs from September 20-27th, tickets for the event are available on the festival’s official website. Stay tuned for more info on the films official release as it comes for us! In the meantime – are you excited for this title, have you seen Timo Tjahjanto’s “Headshot”? Let us know in the comments below; Like, share and join in the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter & Instagram. (Come For Us in the FUniverse of martial arts movie news and more, we’re expecting you!)