Tatsuya Fujiwara, the fresh-faced teen who fought his classmates to the death in Battle Royale and made a deal with some devils in Death Note, is all grown up. As someone who was indoctrinated into Asian cinema partially based on the strength of 2000′s Battle Royale, that makes me feel kinda old. But at least Fujiwara’s next film looks promising.
I’m Flash! arrives from director Toshiaki Toyoda (Blue Spring) and features Tatsuya Fujiwara as the celebrity leader of a cult who must go into hiding to escape from a media scandal. While on the lam, he sets up shop on a desert island where he is protected by three bodyguards (including Nightmare Detective’s Ryuhei Matsuda) and makes a startling decision that will affect everyone around him.
Beyond Hollywood has the trailer for the film. Expect high drama, slow motion, and bloody squibs. While you’re waiting for I’m Flash! to come out, you might want to watch Toyoda’s film Blue Spring as it’s once of the best films about nihilistic Japanese youth out there.