It has been more than 3 years since the Deadly Stabbing In Akihabara on 8 Jun 2008 and Akihabara has managed to recover back to the bustling pedestrian zone for otakus. But I’m sure many of us would still remember the shock when we first heard about what happened on the news.
Events of that tragic day will soon be featured in an upcoming movie “River” which is being written and produced by Hiroki Ryuuichi (廣木 隆一), one of Japan’s most prolific movie director. The movie will follow a young women as she recounts how she lost her beloved boyfriend during the attack but manages to return to Akihabara. She then finds strength to carry on her life through the various interactions with the people in Akihabara.
The movie will debut at the 12th Tokyo Filmex as one of its special presentations, and is scheduled to premier in Japanese theatre in Mar 2012.
For those that were unfamiliar with the event of that day:
Tomohiro Kato, 28, ran down five pedestrians, of whom three were killed and two were injured, with a truck in a vehicle-free pedestrian zone in Akihabara on June 8, 2008, and fatally stabbed four passersby with a dagger after getting out of the vehicle. The rampage ended with seven people killed and ten others injured. He was put on trial and sentenced to death earlier this March.