Akihabara Hit-And-Run/Stabbings Made Into Film
posted on by Egan Loo
The June 2008 hit-and-run and stabbing rampage in Tokyo's otaku shopping district of Akihabara (Akiba) is being made into a film for release next March. 20-year-old Misako Renbutsu (Major: Yūjō no Winning Shot) is starring in the 89-minute film River, the first to be made of this incident during which seven people were killed and 10 more were injured. Ryūichi Hiroki (Yomei Ikkagetsu no Hanayome) is not only directing, but he also planned and wrote the film.
Renbutsu will play a woman who lost her love interest, who was an electronics otaku, in the attack. After the incident, she finds herself walking alone on the same street where her love interest was killed, and meets a young person who ekes out a living in the subway. The story "delicately" depicts the renewal of life that the heroine faces after her heart is wounded.
Tomohiro Katō, who was 25 years old at the time, struck five individuals with a truck at an intersection near the main Japan Railways station of Akihabara at around 12:35 p.m. on June 8, 2008. He then proceeded to leave the vehicle and stab 12 people on the streets. Police apprehended the suspect on a side street shortly after the incident. This past March, the Tokyo District Court sentenced Katō to death.
The film will be a special presentation at the 12th Tokyo Filmex event in November.
Update: More information added.
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