Malaysia Release Date : 5 July 2018
Running time : 127mins
Language : Japanese (BM, English, Chinese subtitles)
Adapted from Hiroya Oku’s manga, 58-year-old salaryman Ichiro Inuyashiki (Noritake Kinashi) is living a humdrum existence. He has no friends, his own family ignores him and his doctor has just informed him that he has cancer. One night when walking his dog, Inuyashiki is struck by a mysterious light. He later wakes up unharmed but finds that he now has powerful abilities. However, Inuyashiki was not the only transformed that night. High school student Hiro Shishigami (Takeru Satoh) also gained abilities, but uses them for his own nefarious purposes.
Noritake Kinashi – Ichiro Inuyashiki
Takeru Satoh – Hiro Shishigami
Kanata Hongo – Naoyuki Ando
Fumi Nikaido – Shion Watanabe
Ayaka Miyoshi – Mari Inuyashiki
Nayuta Fukuzaki – Takeshi Inuyashiki
Mari Hamada – Marie Inuyashiki
Yuki Saito – Yuko Shishigami
Yusuke Iseya – Detective Hagihara
Director: Shinsuke Sato
Writer: Hiroya Oku (manga), Hiroshi Hashimoto
I’ll keep the review as simple and as spoiler-free as possible. Now, I’ll be honest with you. It was a long and tiring day for me and when I picked up the ticket for Inuyashiki premier, I went into the cinema with the intention of to sleep and nothing else. My first impression is that the movie will be rather boring. Blame it on the synopsis. It is the main culprit that gave me the impression that Inuyashiki Live Action will be as boring as watching the paint dry. You see, I’m a huge fans of handsome heroes and young and macho Oppa, so when I discovered that the main protagonist of this movie is an old man, it does not impress me much.
But my plans to get some shuteye in the cinema while Inuyashiki was being screen was thwarted during the first ten minutes of the movie. Inuyashiki is surprisingly real when it comes to playing with your emotions. You can actually relate to the character’s hardship and circumstances. Inuyashiki is not your ordinary superhero story. The hero is just an old man who is close to retirement age, given extraordinary powers by accident. The villain on the other hand is a handsome highschooler and if you’re a fan of all handsome men like me, you’d change your mind about judging a book my it’s cover after watching Inuyashiki.
The movie offers fantastic CGI, slight humour here and there and is action packed.
Definitely worth your time in the cinema and I’d rate this a 5 star. I’d say Inuyashiki is a PG-13 and not for young children as there are violence involved but do give this a go if sci-fi and action movies is your kind of thing.