Ostracized by his family and working in a dead-end job, Ichiro Inuyashiki (Noritake Kinashi) feels that his life has served no purpose. One evening while in a public park, he is caught in a mysterious explosion that replaces his fragile, old body with a high-powered, mechanized shell. Finding a renewed sense of purpose with his newly-bestowed abilities, he sets out to fight crime and help whomever he can, including healing those with incurable diseases.
High school student Hiro Shishigami (Takeru Satoh) was also in the explosion, leaving him with the same powers as Inuyashiki. However, unlike Inuyashiki, he becomes a merciless psychopath that murders people for his own amusement. Brought together by a cruel twist of fate, Shishigami and Inuyashiki progress towards their destiny as the stage is set for an epic clash of good versus evil.
Based on a popular manga by Hiroya Oku, Shinsuke Sato spins an electrifying and suspenseful tale that honours its source material, delving into human psychology, age and relationships in between the action and special effects. Kinashi and Satoh are spectacular in their roles, embodying the depth and multi-facetness of the characters. A masterful reinvention of the superhero genre, audiences will be taken for a ride that they won’t soon forget. -SW
Noritake Kinashi, Takeru Satoh
Shinsuke Sato (in attendance)
After finding success as a scriptwriter, Shinsuke Sato 佐藤 信介 (b. 1970) made his directorial debut with Love Song in 2001. Sato began to carve out a reputation as an action director with The Princess Blade. After his first major commercial hit with the 2010 feature Sand Clock, he directed Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror, the hit sci-fi thriller Gantz (2010) and Gantz Perfect Answer (2011). Sato has continued to turn out action hits, including I Am a Hero, a manga adaptation about humans struggling to survive a zombie holocaust.
2018 Udine Far East Film Festival
2018 Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival
2018 Fantasia Festival
2018 New York Asian Film Festival
2018 Sitges Film Festival