When done right, live-action film adaptations of popular Japanese manga and anime can be fantastic—and horrifying (when done wrong, they can be Ghost in the Shell). I was a huge fan of the 2-part Attack on Titan movie that had a brief theatrical US release in 2015. I’m also hotly anticipating Adam Wingard’s Death Note, which hits Netflix late this summer.
The next terrifying anime adaptation that caught my eye is Tokyo Ghoul, “an upcoming Japanese dark fantasy action horror film based on the manga series Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida. The film is directed by Kentarō Hagiwara and stars Masataka Kubota as Ken Kaneki and Fumika Shimizu as Tōka Kirishima.”
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The trailer (below) doesn’t show much, but the ultra-stark presentation is instantly chilling; the mask has an S&M vibe that’s also vaguely reminiscent of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser. It lacks subtitles, but there are only about 5 words total and two of them are “Tokyo Ghoul”, so you’ll have no problem catching the gist.
Official Synopsis: Tokyo Ghoul is set in an alternate reality where ghouls, individuals who can only survive by eating human flesh, live among the normal humans in secret, hiding their true nature to evade pursuit from the authorities.
Ken Kaneki, a normal college student who, after being taken to a hospital, discovers that he underwent a surgery that transformed him into a half-ghoul after being attacked by his date, Rize Kamishiro who reveals herself to be a ghoul. This was accomplished by transferring Rize’s organs into his body, and now, like normal ghouls, he must consume human flesh to survive. Struggling with his new life as a half-ghoul, he must now adapt into the ghoul society, as well as keeping his identity hidden from his human companions.
At this point, there are no plans for a theatrical release of Tokyo Ghoul in the US (*sad face*), but we can count on getting it on DVD at some point. In the meantime, check out a trailer a couple trailers for the anime below. We’ll bring you any additional Tokyo Ghoul news as details emerge. Stay Tuned!