|Out on:||Theatrical 31st Jan. 2018|
Discover a terrifying new world on our doorstep with a gripping, gory horror based on the best-selling manga. Anime fans and scream junkies alike will savour a twisted dish where the line between good and evil isn’t just blurred, but smeared in blood.
Director: Kentarô Hagiwara
Original Story: Sui Ishida
Composer: Don Davis (“The Matrix”)
Masataka Kubota (“Death Note” TV Drama, “Rurouni Kenshin”)
Fumika Shimizu (“Kamen Rider Fourze”, “The Dragon Dentist”)
Yū Aoi (“Rurouni Kenshin”, “The Case of Hana & Alice”)
Noboyuki Suzuki (“GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka”)
Yo Oizumi (“Spirited Away”, “Professor Layton” franchise)
Quiet and bookish, Ken Kaneki (Masataka Kubota) was all but dead to a world living in fear of “Ghouls”: creatures who not only share our skin, but crave its taste. When a nightmarish encounter leaves him a human-ghoul hybrid however, Ken finds himself taken under the wing of those he once considered monsters and fighting to protect them from a vengeful hunger that will leave him asking what it truly means to be inhuman.
We like it because:
A thrilling reimagining of the breakout hit manga, “Tokyo Ghoul” is a gruesome delicacy that not only opens up the original’s captivating world to whole new audiences, but provides a gourmet feast for existing fans - earning deserved praise for its faithfulness to the source material in a climate where fans feel justified in hesitation towards live-action adaptations.
Similar films may be content with positioning the monstrous ghouls as unsympathetic foes of a vulnerable humanity. “Tokyo Ghoul” however, expertly paints its picture a striking moral grey, with examples like Tōka (portrayed by Fumika Shimizu) and her frustrated struggles to live in both worlds, giving us a wonderfully nuanced view of the humanity in monsters and the savagery in humanity.
Kentarô Hagiwara shines in his feature film debut, harmonising each ingredient on his plate into a unified flavour led by Masataka Kubota and supported by powerful spices like a deliciously creepy performance by Yū Aoi. With clever framing against the narrative’s brutal turns, even the costume choices are at times given an expressiveness that makes them feel like worthy additions to the cast!
About Tokyo Ghoul:
With story and art by Sui Ishida, the dark fantasy manga was serialised in Japan’s Weekly Young Jump magazine between 2011 and 2014, with the sequel series “Tokyo Ghoul: re” starting later that year. “Tokyo Ghoul” was the fourth highest selling manga during the year of its conclusion and the two series have a combined 30 million copies in print.
In 2014, a television anime series produced by Pierrot of “Naruto” fame was broadcast, with a second titled “Tokyo Ghoul √A” following the year after. Both seasons have been released on home video in the United Kingdom by Anime Limited. An adaptation of “Tokyo Ghoul:re” has been announced for broadcast in 2018.
About Anime Limited:
Based out of Glasgow in Scotland, Anime Limited brings a fresh approach to delivering the best of anime direct from Japan. As an independent company, their emphasis is on breathing new life into beloved classics and introducing new theatrical favourites like “Your Name”, “A Silent Voice” and “Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale”. With a focus on bringing more anime to the big screen, beautifully packaged home video collector’s editions and new ways to reach fans digitally, Anime Limited is committed to offering a wide range of experiences for UK audiences.
About National Amusements:
National Amusements owns and operations Showcase and Showcase Cinema de Lux, a world leader in the motion picture exhibition industry, operating more than 940 screens in the US, UK, Brazil and Argentina. National Amusements is also a distributor specialising in event cinema, with a focus on anime and pre-school titles including “Your Name”, “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F” and “Thomas & Friends: The Great Race”. Based in Massachusetts, National Amusements is a closely held company operating under the third generation of leadership by the Redstone family. National Amusements is also the parent company of both Viacom and CBS Corporation.