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To all of the commentators saying that this is no different than all of the books and movies out there about Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, or Jeffrey Dahmer:

The US enacted "Son of Sam" laws in the 70's and 80's which prevent criminals from profiting from their crimes in the form of royalties from interviews, books, or movies. If a convicted killer does write a biography, then he will never see one red cent from it. Publishers also face a tremendous amount of public pressure (and legal pressure from families/victims in the form of civil litigation) when they attempt to publish certain works that glorify killers or their crimes.

There is a profound difference between a documentary and a movie. This director has told us who the "villain" will be in his MOVIE; not Ichihashi, but the "society" and "environment" that "created" him.

It is common in murder cases for the victim to be forgotten while the accused, who we still see living, breathing, and talking every day, takes their place as the only living person for us to relate to or care about. This movie will attempt to humanize Ichishashi as the "victim" because the real victim, Lindsay Hawker, is no longer able to speak for herself. It is an injustice that this novice "director" settled for because it is easier for him to work with a living actor than a dead one.

If this was the US or UK, Ichihashi would not have any control over these royalties. It is an injustice that this movie is being made, and Japan should be ashamed that it allows Ichihashi to profit from it.

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