Funimation Screens Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul S, Kingdom Films at Anime Expo
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Funimation announced on Monday that it will screen the Tokyo Ghoul S and Kingdom live-action films at Anime Expo this year. Both screenings will be the United States premieres for the films.
Tokyo Ghoul S will open in Japan on July 19. It is the second live-action film based on Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga.
Masataka Kubota is returning as Ken Kaneki, but Maika Yamamoto is replacing Fumika Shimizu as Tōka Kirishima. (Shimizu retired from acting to join the Happy Science religious organization in 2017.) Shota Matsuda is joining the cast as Shū Tsukiyama, a character who appears in the manga but was not in the last film.
The first film premiered on July 3, 2017 at Anime Expo in Los Angeles. The film then opened in Japan on July 29, 2017, and ranked #5 in its opening weekend in Japan. Funimation screened the first film in theaters in the United States in October 2017.
Funimation will screen Kingdom in theaters in the United States and Canada this summer.
The film opened in Japan on April 19 and sold 506,861 tickets to earn 690,219,500 yen (about US$6.17 million) in its first three days. The film has sold a total of 4.11 million tickets for a cumulative total of 5,471,938,400 yen (about US$50.42 million).
Kento Yamazaki reprised his role as protagonist Shin (Xin) from the manga's earlier live-action short.
The film is based on Yasuhisa Hara's Kingdom manga. Shinsuke Satō (live-action Gantz, Death Note Light up the NEW world, Bleach) directed the film. Sony Pictures Japan produced the film. ONE OK ROCK performed the theme song "Wasted Nights" for the film.
This year's Anime Expo will take place from July 4 to 7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center and the surrounding area.