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Live-Action Attack on Titan Director Insults Promotion Staff

posted on by Eric Stimson
Later apologizes, explains context

Shinji Higuchi, director of the live-action Attack on Titan movie, found himself in hot water after comments he posted on Facebook. The Japanese movie review site Chō Eiga Hihan had given Attack on Titan a 40 out of 100. "I did it! If the experts had praised me, I wouldn't have known what to do, but this makes me feel better," he wrote. "Speaking of which, who are the idiots who sent these guys invitations to the preview?" The post was originally viewable to friends only, but it leaked regardless.

Higuchi apologized on Twitter. "If there was going to be an explosion of comments, I wish it had been for a better reason." he wrote. "I'm really ashamed. I'm sorry to everyone involved for being a nuisance." He went on to clarify his remarks somewhat: "Who I'm really 'outraged' at are the blockheads in charge of publicity who sent preview invitations to people who don't deserve to be shown private screenings, and let them into the screening room once they're identified. I have no way of knowing how my personal feelings will be received, but I didn't lose my temper." He also tweeted that "I'm the real blockhead... for thinking that [the person who leaked his posts] was a friend."

Attack on Titan premieres on August 1. Its screenwriter, Tomohiro Machiyama, has already warned fans that there will be major changes to the original story.

[Via Sponichi Annex and Yaraon!]

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