British Teacher's Murderer's Memoirs to be Filmed

Ichihashi's lam movie to start shooting in January.

TOKYO – The two and a half years that Tetsuya Ichihashi spent on the run after raping and murdering British teacher Lindsay Hawker in 2007 is to be made into a film produced by Toshiaki Nakazawa (Departures, 13 Assassins

Ichihashi will be played by Dean Fujioka, who will make his directorial debut with the film, to be titled I am Ichihashi – Taiyo Sareru Made (The time until I was captured). Fujioka, who studied in the U.S. and has lived and worked in Taiwan and Hong Kong, is a former model.  

The film will be based on the memoirs written by Ichihashi, who escaped from police sent to his apartment to investigate the disappearance of the 27-year-old Hawker. Her body was found buried in sand, in a bath on his balcony. The case attracted huge media attention in Japan and the U.K.

Ichihashi traveled around Japan doing casual work and saving money for repeated plastic surgery to alter his appearance for two years and seven months until his capture in November 2009. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in July this year. 

Ichihashi offered to donate the proceeds from the sales of the book to Hawker’s family, though they refused to take the money. Details of monies to be paid to Ichihashi for the film rights have not been disclosed by book publisher Gentosha or production company Sedic International.    

Filming is scheduled to start in January with a release slated for later in 2012.

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