Fable: The Killer Who Doesn’t Kill tells the story of Akira Sato (Junichi Okada), a mysterious killer who others know as The Fable. Saviour to some, urban myth to others, these characters know The Fable for his ability to finish the job and immediately disappear into the night. Now though, Sato lives a quiet life with his partner Yoko (Fumino Kimura) and works part-time at a design company. However, Utsubo (Shinichi Tsutsumi), a representative for an NPO, begins to show his true colours. So Sato emerges from the shadow to complete an assignment that has plagued him for years.
Directed by Kan Eguchi, Fable is a wild action thriller that balances action with a social conscience. Often a treat for the eyes, the film’s thrilling action scenes are intense and well-constructed. (In particular, the film excellently executes one set piece that takes place on the scaffolding next to a building.) However, this film is all about Junichi Okada. Balancing his performance with grit and grace, Okada grounds the film as the damaged but honest Sato, providing its emotional core.
Underneath the action lies a heart for protecting the vulnerable. Although Utsubo seems generous and honest, he is the very definition of a predator. From sex work to abuse and extortion, he embodies toxic masculinity as he uses his strength to dominate and control others. In contrast to Utsubo’s corrupt soul is Sato. Although once a contract killer, Sato carries a moral code which drives him. To Sato, the vulnerable are to be protected, encouraged and empowered. In this way, the film uses its platform to fight on behalf of the vulnerable in order to preserve their innocence. And he helps them step forward into the future.
- Rated: NR
- Genre: Action, Comedy, Mystery
- Release Date: 8/15/2021
- Directed by: Kan Eguchi
- Starring: Fumino Kimura, Junichi Okada, Ken Yasuda, Koichi Sato, Masanobu Ando, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Yurina Hirate
- Written by: Kan Eguchi, Katsuhisa Minami, Masahiro Yamaura
- Studio: Nippon Television Network (NTV), Shochiku