Film about Abe murder suspect to be shown on day of state funeral

A film featuring a protagonist based on Tetsuya Yamagami, the suspect in the murder of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is set to premiere on the day of Abe’s state funeral.

“Revolution + 1” was directed by 83-year-old Masao Adachi, a former member of the left-wing revolutionary group the Japanese Red Army, whom the central government considers a terrorist. organization.

“When I heard about the incident, I thought it was serious. At the same time, as a filmmaker, I felt I had to portray it through a film,” Adachi said. focus on Yamagami’s inner world.”

The film opens with a scene of Abe giving a campaign speech on July 8 before introducing the protagonist, a character called Kawakami, played by actor Soran Tamoto, sitting in jail reminiscing about how his life led to murder of Abe.

It covers major events in his life, such as when his father committed suicide, his older brother lost his sight, and his mother joined the Unification Church, now officially known as the Federation of Families. for world peace and unification.

The film depicts how the protagonist’s anger grows towards the religious group after he is forced to give up going to college and discovers he has reached a dead end in life.

Referring to his own past, Adachi said, “I don’t want to see Yamagami as a hero.”

“The violent revolution-focused course I had embarked on is no longer welcome in public,” he said. “I presented nothing but how he was pushed against the wall and how he carried out his plan to its final stage as straight as a line.”

Adachi wrote screenplays and directed pornographic films after joining a film production company in 1965 set up by the late filmmaker Koji Wakamatsu. The production company often made pornography with plots based on real events, such as the 1970 Yodogo hijacking incident.

Adachi then co-directed a documentary with Wakamatsu in 1971 about the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine titled “The Red Army-PFLP’s Declaration of World War“.

After this experience, he joined the Japanese Red Army, which carried out a deadly attack on a Tel Aviv airport in 1972, and he was subsequently incarcerated in Lebanon.

He then returned to filmmaking, directing one in 1975 that speculated on what was going through the mind of serial killer Norio Nagayama, who was executed by hanging in 1997.

Junichi Inoue, a screenwriter, wrote the first draft of the new film about Abe’s alleged killer in about three days.

Filming began in late August and took place over eight days, in time for the premiere on the eve of Abe’s state funeral on September 27 in Tokyo.

Other screenings are scheduled to take place in 13 locations across the country from September 27-29.

The production cost around 7 million yen ($48,630).

Adachi said the film will become more widely available later this year.

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