Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Lindsay murderer film 'an insult'

Murdered British teacher Lindsay Hawker.

The family of murdered British teacher Lindsay Hawker have branded a film that depicts her killer's years on the run as "distasteful and an insult".

Tatsuya Ichihashi was jailed for life in July 2011 for raping and strangling Miss Hawker, 22, at his flat in Japan in March 2007.

A film entitled I Am Ichihashi: Journal Of A Murderer was released in Japan last week, based on the book of the same name written by the murderer.

It tells the story of how he spent nearly three years on the run, undergoing extensive cosmetic surgery to change his appearance.

His victim's family said in a statement: "The family were not consulted and would never have given consent for this film to be made and want to remind people that Ichihashi is a convicted rapist and murderer.

"The family consider this to be distasteful and an insult to Lindsay's memory."

The film was made by Japan-based production company Sedic International and was directed by Dean Fujioka, who also plays Ichihashi.

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