Funimation Lists Live-Action I Am a Hero Film for Home Video
posted on by Karen Ressler
Funimation Entertainment is listing a Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack release for the live-action film based on live-action film of Kengo Hanazawa's zombie manga I Am a Hero. The subtitle-only release is slated for July 24.
The film premiered at the 48th Sitges Film Festival in Catalonia, Spain in October 2015, and it won the Grand Audience Award and Award for Best Special Effects. The film opened in Japan in April 2016.
Shinsuke Sato (Gantz, Library War, Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror, Princess Blade) directed the "A-grade survival panic horror" movie. Akiko Nogi (Library War, Sayonara, Robinson Crusoe) wrote the screenplay, and VFX and makeup expert Makoto Kamiya (Gantz, Cutie Honey, Resident Evil: Degeneration, Resident Evil: Damnation) was in charge of special effects.
In the original manga, Hideo Suzuki (played by Yo Oizumi in the live-action film) is an aspiring manga creator who once struggled with discontent with his assistant artist job and his relationship with his girlfriend — until people started turning into undead "ZQN" creatures overnight. After he is attacked by his ZQN virus-infected girlfriend "Tekko," Hideo flees the overrun Tokyo metropolis with the shotgun he happens to own as a hobby. He travels with Hiromi (played by Kasumi Arimura), a high school girl whom he meets by chance, and they face the desperate situation with the help of a nurse named Yabu (played by Masami Nagasawa) at a shopping mall.
I Am A Hero: Hajimari no Hi (I Am A Hero: The Day it Began), a live-action prequel to the film, also premiered on Docomo's dTV streaming service in April 2016.