1st Live-Action Attack on Titan Film Opens in Philippines in August

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2nd Attack on Titan film also opening on September 23

Anime News Network confirmed with Philippine film distributor Pioneer Films on Monday that it will show the live-action Attack on Titan film on August 12 in Philippine theaters. Pioneer Films will also show the second Attack on Titan film, titled Attack on Titan:end of the World, on September 23.

Theaters in Manila unveiled posters for the film on April 16. However, the art on the poster is not the official poster art for the film, but concept art created by Kouji Tajima.

Australian distributor Madman Entertainment began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the film on April 28.

The first movie will open in Japan on August 1, and the second movie will open on September 19.

Director Shinji Higuchi confirmed last July that the project will span two films. Higuchi stated that, with the supervision of Attack on Titan manga creator Hajime Isayama, the story will be based on the world and characters of the manga, while incorporating new characters and new formidable enemies. Yuusuke Watanabe (Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, live-action Gantz, Gantz II: Perfect Answer, 20th Century Boys, Gatchaman) is writing the script. Film critic Tomohiro Machiyama, who is also friends with Isayama, is working on the scripts together with Isayama and Watanabe.

Isayama's manga depicts the battles between humans and the giants who now rule the world outside humans' walled enclaves.

The film stars:

Haruma Miura as Eren

Kiko Mizuhara as Mikasa

Kanata Hongo as Armin

Satomi Ishihara as Hans/Hanji

Nanami Sakuraba as Sasha

Takahiro Miura as Jean

Hiroki Hasegawa as Shikishima

Ayame Misaki as Hiana

Pierre Taki as Souda

Jun Kunimura as Kubal

Shu Watanabe as Fukushi

Satoru Matsuo as Sannagi

Rina Takeda as Lil

The cast includes seven characters that are new to the film versions of the story. Sanspo reports that Hasegawa's character Shikishima holds the key to the film's story as "humanity's strongest man."

Isayama's original Attack on Titan manga has inspired four spinoff manga, a 25-episode television anime version that aired in 2013, and two compilation films, the second of which will open in June. Additionally, a second season of the television anime series is slated to air in 2016. Isayama launched the series in Bessatsu Shonen Magazine in 2009.

Kodansha Comics is publishing Isayama's original manga in North America. The company is also releasing three of the four spinoff manga, and the Attack on Titan Guidebooks: INSIDE & OUTSIDE. Vertical is publishing the Attack on Titan: Before the Fall light novel series.

In North America, both Funimation and Crunchyroll streamed the anime adaptation of the manga as it aired in Japan, and Funimation released the series on home video in North America last year.

[Via Anime Pilipinas]

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