As reported by a Japanese news website, Mantan Web, the popular manga turned live action that was directed by Higuchi Shinji became a box office hit in its first two days in Japan. The Part 1 of the two-part live action film garnered 600 million yen in just two days. The movie is currently being screened in 427 theaters in Japan with 467,000 spectators and fans who watched the film on August 1 and 2 particularly. Aside from the local screening, the said film is slated to show in several countries overseas.
Schedule of international release:
August 12 – Philippines
August 13 – Hong Kong and Macao
August 14 – Taiwan
August 19 – Indonesia
August 27 – Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand
September 30 – Canada, USA
The manga of Attack on Titan is written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. It’s a dark fantasy series that depicts three best friends: Eren, Mikasa and Armin trying to find out the truth behind the mystery of titans and of course, battling with the titans with their 3D maneuver gear. The manga became a commercial success garnering 50 million sold prints in Japan alone.
The live action film stars Japanese actors:
Miura Haruma as Eren
Mizuha Kiko as Mikasa
Kanata Hongo as Armin
Takahiro Miura as Jean
Sakura Nanami as Sasha
Ishihara Satomi as Hans
And we have original movie characters:
Hasegawa Hiroki as Shikishima
Matsuo Satoru as Sannagi
Pierre Taki as Souda
Kunimura Jun as Kubal
Takeda Rina as Lil
Watanabe Shu as Fukushi
Misaki Ayame as Hiana
Most international and Japanese fans of the original work are dissatisfied with the live action news since the makers opted to make the movie set to a Japanese setting with Japanese actors in contrast to the originally European setting in the manga and anime. They also omitted the most popular and loved manga and anime character, Levi, whose name is not visible in a Japanese setting since Japanese names don’t have the letter “v”.
In spite of the dissatisfaction of fans, the first part of the movie gained 600 million yen in just two days, which is great! The sequel will be shown on September 19 in Japanese theaters.
International release of Attack on Titan: End of the World:
September 19 – Hong Kong
September 23 – Philippines
September 24 – Singapore
October 20 – Canada / USA
The live-action film of Attack on Titan started showing in Philippine cinemas last August 12. I took the opportunity to watch it in local theaters. Some fans of the anime and manga who have seen the film were disappointed. However, if you’re a Japanese film enthusiast, then you could appreciate the film. It is still good even though the production made some changes rather than doing a cover to cover from the manga. With that method, we were able to see a different angle of the story through the live-action movie.
However, one element is visibly lacking since we don’t see a titan attacking Eren’s mother. If we have that factor, maybe we could see a vengeful Eren in the movie.