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The Japanese premiere of the live action movie Tokyo Ghoul took place on 10 July 2017. 10 cast members (Hiyori Sakurada, Yu Aoi, Masataka Kubota, Suzuki Nobuyuki, Yo Oizumi, Shuntaro Yanagi, Shoko Aida, Shun’ya Shiraishi, Kai Ogasawara, Tomoya Maeno) and Director Kentaro Hagiwara attended the event on the 9th floor of the Yurakucho Center Building, all of them dressed on black to fit the dark atmosphere of Tokyo Ghoul.
When Kubota called out to the audience ‘This Summer, the world is…,’ the audience answered with ’Tokyo Ghoul!’ This was the signal, and a giant picture of the movie poster rolled out behind the cast members.
The cast members moved to Marunouchi Piccadilly and started the stage event. Kubota told the audience about the Los Angeles world premiere, ‘The overseas fans were very excited about the movie. I hope this excitement also reaches Japan.’
Suzuki is very happy that he got to play his favorite character from the manga, Amon, but confessed that ‘in the manga it seemed to me Amon’s abs are more a 180-pack than a six-pack, so I wondered how I could get closer to that . (laugh)’
Oizumi, who said he could hear the call of the investigator, accepted the offer instantly, but said that ‘Kureo Mado doesn’t look good. When they announced the cast for him, people on the internet said “Oizumi doesn’t fit.” and when I saw that I thought “Okay, there are people who think like that” but there were others who said “Perfect casting”. When the visuals were released, some said “Yup, he’s Mado” and “I can’t wait!” which made me very happy. But I think some will think he is a bit different. (laugh)’
Aoi, who is playing the femme fatale Rize, commented in character, ‘It was fun, because Kaneki-kun got stuck for a moment. It’s like unpacking food and devouring it with one big bite. (laugh)’
At the event, they also revealed an illustration by Ishida, where he drew Kaneki but in the image of Kubota. Kubota, who got the illustration as a surprise present, commented with a big smile, ‘I am so happy. I have some birth marks in my face, even those are in the picture. I can’t say anything but thank you.’
Oizumi, who also received an illustration present by Ishida, said, ‘I think Ishida drew it while watching Suiyou wa dou deshou (How do you like Wednesday?), so it is not as cool as this. (laugh) I know I complain, but my hairstyle is totally Mado. I want to show you my Mado Kureo.’
Then they announced that copies of the illustrations by Ishida Sui that were based on the cast of the movie would be given out as a present to movie-goers. The audience greeted this announcement with great applause.
At the very end, Kubota closed the event by saying, ‘Today I was able to feel the full weight and size of this movie on my shoulders. For me, it has also been a great chance and a good experience. I hope this work will be able to go around the world thanks to the enthusiasm of the fans.’
Tokyo Ghoul will come out in Japanese cinemas on 29 July 2017.
In Japanese cinemas on 29 July 2017
Original Work: Tokyo Ghoul written by Sui Ishida
Director: Kentaro Hagiwara
Screenplay: Ichiro Kusuno
Distribution: Shochiku Films
Ken Kaneki: Masataka Kubota
Touka Kirishima: Fumika Shimizu
Koutarou Amon: Nobuyuki Suzuki
Rize Kamishiro: Yuu Aoi
Kureo Mado: Yo Oizumi
Kuzen Yoshimura: Kunio Murai
Enji Koma: Kenta Hamano
Kaya Irimi: Nozomi Sasaki
Renji Yomo: Shuntarou Yanagi
Hinami Fueguchi: Hiyori Sakurada
Ryouko Fueguchi: Shouko Aida
Hideyoshi Nagachika: Kai Ogasawara
Uta: Minosuke Bandou
Nishiki Nishio: Shunya Shiraishi
Yoriko Kosaka: Seika Furuhata
Ippei Kusaba: Tomoya Maeno
Hisashi Ogura: Dunkan
Akihiro Kanou: Ryou Iwamatsu