Live-Action Attack on Titan Film Opens in Singapore in August
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Singaporean film distributor Encore Films began streaming an English and Simplified Chinese-subtitled trailer for the first live-action Attack on Titan film on May 16, announcing that it will open the film exclusively in the Golden Village cinema chain in Singapore on August 13.
Encore Films revealed the posters for the film's Singaporean release last Tuesday. Encore Films will show the movie in Japanese audio with English and Chinese subtitles.
The first movie will open in Japan on August 1, and the second movie will open on September 19. Philippine film distributor Pioneer Films also announced that it will show both films in the Philippines on August 1 and 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.
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