Kaufman begins to push the boundaries after he’s told by an art dealer that his work is good, but that it could be even better.
That he just needs to try a little harder — to go that extra mile.
So the photographer starts wandering the streets of the city in the early hours, looking for suitable subjects — in effect looking for trouble.
And he finds it, on his first sojourn into the subway, when he manages to prevent a gang of thugs from raping a female traveller.
The woman thanks him, but he later learns that she has gone missing, spurring him to take his pics to the police.
The police are surprisingly uninterested, so Kaufman decides to take matters into his own hands, discovering the woman, a professional model, is not the first person to disappear — that it has been happening over a period of many years.
Directed by Japanese Ryuhei Kitamura, The Midnight Meat Train isa first rate thriller, at least before the story wanders off into the supernatural, becoming a little silly towards the end.
Despite moving to Sydney, Australia when he was just 17, this is Kitamura’s first English-speaking film.