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 inmonsters 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!
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)
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.