Sunday, July 17, 2016

Fujiwara Tatsuya & Ito Hideaki to star in new movie "22 Nenme no Kokuhaku - Watashi ga satsujihan desu -"

Fujiwara Tatsuya and Ito Hideaki will be starring in the new movie "22 Nenme no Kokuhaku - Watashi ga satsujinhan desu -" (Confession in the 22nd year - I am a murderer) which is due to be shown in early summer 2017. The movie which is based on the 2012 South Korean film released in 2012, will be directed by Irie Yu and adapted to incorporate Japanese elements. This is the first time that Fujiwara and Ito are working together.

The movie begins in the year 1995 where there were 5 peculiar murder cases. The murderer would always get someone close to the victim to witness how he would strangle the victim from behind with a rope but he would let the witnesses go and speak to the media on how the murders happened. Ito plays the role of Makimura, the police detective who was in charge of investigating the serial murders but failed to catch the cunning murderer and his respected superior ended up being killed as well. 22 years later in 2017 when the case is nearing its statute of limitations, a man named Sonezaki claims to be the culprit for the 1995 murders and even publishes a book titled "Watashi ga satsujinhan desu" to talk about the cases. Despite the disgust towards Sonezaki's actions, the intensive attention showered on him via the media and SNS makes him become the talk of town.

Fujiwara commented that he had worked with the director and since they are about the same age, he thought that it was a good experience for him. As such, to be able to work with him again this time, he feels that it is extremely memorable and hopes to do his best to make this a success. As for his first collaboration with Ito, he hopes that they can build a good relationship while playing characters who are at odds with each other. Meanwhile, Ito also praised the director for being a detailed person when filming each scene and he hopes to be able to reflect the helplessness felt by his character who can't catch the murderer before the case reaches the statute of limitations.

Irie revealed that preparations for the movie took about two and a half years and the script was edited 37 times which shows the amount of effort put in to increase the quality of the movie. As for his leads, he expressed anticipation at seeing how they will bring their respective characters to life and pledged to work hard with the cast and staff during this summer.

Filming began from 12 July and is expected to be wrapped up in early September.

Sources: Oricon / Sanspo / Sponichi

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