A new trailer was released this week for a live-action Tokyo Ghoul movie, which was announced last summer.
Tokyo Ghoul is a popular manga series which follows Ken Kaneki, a college kid who gets transformed into a half-ghoul. Ghouls are kind of like vampires – they’re fast, strong, can heal fast, and have heightened senses. But instead of drinking human blood, they eat human flesh. Totally different, right?
While Ken is on a date with the pretty Rize Kamishiro, his date reveals herself to be a ghoul and attacks him. Rude.
Ken survives, but is transformed into a half-ghoul. Now he must learn to survive and cope as a skin-eating monster in a world that doesn’t take kindly to skin-eating monsters.
Creator Sui Ishida published the first episode back in 2011. His manga was adapted into an anime in 2014, then smartphone and PS Vita games in 2015. Tokyo Ghoul’s live-action treatment is set to release June 2017 in Japan. No international release date is set.
It seems like director Kentarō Hagiwara is keeping fairly close to the manga. We recognize several characters from the manga, including Rize the she-ghoul who is the story’s catalyst.
An interesting side note – the costumes were designed by Christian Dada designer Masanori Morikawa, a Japanese clothing designer who’s a big name in the international fashion scene. Morikawa’s work typically ends up in fashion magazines and on runways alongside Chanel and Marc Jacobs (which this humble blogger knows nothing about). But apparently Morikawa is a huge fan of the series and decided to lend his talents to help Tokyo Ghoul look sleek.
He did a decent job with Kaneki’s mask, which is super freaky. Imagine if a titan from Attack on Titan put on a black latex S&M mask. Horrific, but it manages to pump up the “creep” factor about 10x, which is what the story thrives on.
Check out the trailer. Let us know what you think.
Featured image: YouTube/松竹チャンネル/SHOCHIKUch
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