The Tokyo Ghoul live-action adaptation is trucking along, and today the movie based on a manga-turned-anime series about man-eating monsters stalking the streets of Japan got its first theatrical poster. The poster shows a closeup of Ken Kaneki, played by Masataka Kubota, his face obscured by a metal-toothed leather mask. The poster reads “humans are no longer at the top of the food chain,” a fitting tagline given the series’ cannibalistic tone.
The Tokyo Ghoul series began in 2011 as a comic published in the manga magazine Weekly Young Jump. The series was adapted into a 12-episode anime season in 2014 by the animation studio Pierrot. The live-action adaptation was announced in 2016 and is slated for release in Japanese theaters next month. The newly released poster plays off another image released earlier in the film’s production cycle.
The Tokyo Ghoul franchise tells the story of Ken Kaneki, a college student who is transformed into a bloodthirsty ghoul, a kind of man-eating monster indiscernible from regular human beings. Ken is attacked by a ghoul who he takes on a date without realizing her true, monstrous nature. The ghoul is killed, and in a bid to save Ken’s life a surgeon transfers his date’s organs into Ken, making him a power human-ghoul hybrid.
Releasing in Japanese theaters on June 29, Tokyo Ghoul is a production of Shochiku directed by Kentaro Hagiwara and starring Masataka Kubota as Ken Kaneki, Fumika Shimizu as Toka Kirishima, Yu Aoi as Rize Kamishiro, Nobuyuki Suzuki as Kotaro Amon and Yo Oizumi as Kureo Mado.