Even with lead actress Fumika Shimizu absent from promoting the movie because she is now retired, the live-action Tokyo Ghoul film is moving ahead as planned. Now, the official Shochiku YouTube channel has started streaming a brand new trailer for the upcoming live-action adaptation of Sui Ishida’s manga, complete with English subtitles!
The video features actor Masataka Kubota as Ken Kaneki, and it ends by teasing him wearing his iconic “Eye Patch” ghoul mask. Despite already retiring and not promoting the film, the trailer still introduces Fumika Shimizu in her role as Tohka Kirishima.
Shimizu is playing the female lead, Tohka Kirishima, for the film, and she even cut her signature long hair just for the role. However, unknown to her agency and fans, she is actually part of the religious group, Happy Science, which many in Japan and other countries consider a cult. Both of Shimizu’s parents are part of the religious group, and they have introduced the actress and her three sisters to “Happy Science” at birth. She has announced her retirement to concentrate on her religion, and has even announced that she will be joining the priesthood.
As for Tokyo Ghoul, she has already wrapped up filming for all her scenes in the film, so story-wise, her retirement from acting won’t affect the film itself. She’s also set to appear in two other films, including Ankoku Joshi and Warau Manekineko, and like Tokyo Ghoul, she has also finished all her scenes for those films as well. However, she is not expected to join the promotions for all three films.
The film will premiere in Japan on July 29, 2017.
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