I Am a Hero – アイアムアヒーロー – is a 2015 Japanese live action horror film adaption of the manga comic of the same name by Kengo Hanazawa, directed by Shinsuke Sato from a screenplay by Akiko Nogi.
The film premiered at the Sitges Film Festival in October 13, 2015, and is scheduled for commercial release in 2016.
The movie stars Yo Oizumi, Kasumi Arimura and Masami Nagasawa.
Hideo Suzuki is a 35-year-old manga artist assistant, whose life seem to be stuck around his exhausting but low-paying job, unfulfilled dreams, strange hallucinations and unsatisfying relationships. He sees himself as a supporting character in his own life, has low self-esteem, resulting in frustration.
One day, the world as Hideo knows it is shattered by the presence of a disease that turns people into homicidal maniacs, whose first instinct is to attack and devour the nearest human.
Armed with only his sporting shotgun, Hideo runs for his life, meeting strangers along the way. All the while, he and his companions struggle to stay alive…
“Director Shinsuke Sato (Bleach, The Princess Blade) uses great skill to add visually affecting scenes that remind the viewer of the epic, dramatic scale of the outbreak. Other times, he will punch emotion into the chaos with quiet, focused character moments. Hideo’s fear and anxiety are well communicated thanks to Sato’s direction and Ôizumi’s stunning performance.” Kelly McNeely, iHorror