Yesterday my grade 9 students were going through the photos on my phone and came across this one. “What’s this?” They asked. I replied, “I love Ikuta Toma!” This got them very very excited indeed. Which in turn got me very excited.
One of my students has already seen Ningen Shikkaku, or “No Longer Human” which is Toma’s latest (well, first) film. It has only just been released. I can’t wait to see it, even if I don’t understand a thing.
The movie is based on a novel by Dazai Osamu and is about someone who is troubled and feels like he can’t reveal his true self to others. He puts on a playful facade, while slowly travelling down a road of self destruction. It is said to be almost autobiographical of Dazai’s life.
To be honest it isn’t the type of story I am normally interested in, but I’m glad Ikuta is getting “serious” roles. I am looking forward to seeing this movie, hopefully next week!
As for this photo, it is of Ikuta Toma on the cover of all Dazai’s books. I actually want to buy the photo book for the movie but my book store (named “Happy Books”) didn’t have it I might order it off Amazon.
Here’s the 2 minute trailer:
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