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Tokyo Ghoul (2017)
東京喰種トーキョーグール (Tōkyō Gūru)

Synopsis

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.
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July 29, 2017

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Overview

Tokyo Ghoul (Japanese: 東京喰種トーキョーグール Hepburn: Tōkyō Gūru) is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. The film is directed by Kentarō Hagiwara and stars Masataka Kubota as Ken Kaneki and Fumika Shimizu as Tōka Kirishima. It was released in Japan by Shochiku on 29 July 2017.

Alternative title

– Tokyo Ghoul
– Токийский гуль
– Tōkyō Gūru
– 東京喰種トーキョーグール
– غول توکیو
– Токийски гул
– Токийско чудовище
– آزارگر

TL;DR Review

Tokyo Ghoul is the first live-action film adaptation of the anime and manga of the same name.

The filmography is pretty good and the special effect is passable. It is obvious where the CGI was added. I was hoping the CGI was more on Ajin live action quality but alas it is still decent.

There were some overacting, but overall most of the actor tone it down well enough. Masataka Kubota played Ken Kaneki pretty well, at least he portrayed a whiny awkward nerdy boy well enough.

For a film loaded with potential for a philosophical question like what does it mean to be human or a ghoul, it isn’t very deep. We see a lot of whining at the beginning as Ken come to term with what he had become.

The action is entertaining, if not a bit too reliant on CGI. There aren’t a lot of the action set either.

I recommend the live-action film to the fan of the series. A newcomer may still find enjoyment in this movie, but the pacing may feel slow. Tokyo Ghoul contains graphic violence and suggestive themes/dialogs and is intended for mature audiences.

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Tokyo Ghoul (2017)
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Closing Theme

– “BANKA” by Illion
Kaneki Ken
"Never trust anyone too much, remember the devil was once an angel."
Juuzou Suzuya
"If an angelic being fell from the sky and tried to live in this world of ours, I think even they would commit many wrongs."
Kaneki Ken
"As my fingers and toes re-grew like fingernails or hair over and over and over and over... and over again, every single time I got the feeling that I truly, truly was a monster."
Kaneki Ken
"You're wrong. It's not the world that's messed up; it's those of us in it. Yes, some ghouls walk a path that leaves sorrow in their wake, but just like humans, we can choose a different path altogether. We have a lot to learn, both your kind and mine. We need to stop fighting and start talking. Because when it comes to the state of the world, you can't point your finger at ghouls or humans. We're all to blame."
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