Tokyo Ghoul Live-Action Movie Debuts Creepy New Poster

Anime fans, like it or not, the live-action take on Tokyo Ghoul will be here sooner than you think. This year, the supernatural horror series will be brought to life by director Kentarō Hagiwara when Tokyo Ghoul hits theaters in Japan. The film, which is based on Sui Ishida's acclaimed manga, will see Masataka Kubota play Ken Kaneki whilst Fumika Shimizu oversees Touka Kirishima. And, now, a brand-new theatrical poster for film has been revealed.

Clearly, it gives a well-rounded look at Ken and his ghoulish nature.

The new poster shows Kubota dressed as Ken, but its mirrored style allows the actor to show off the character's split personalities. On top, fans are able to see the shy, human side of Ken. And, on the bottom, fans are shown the character's darker side as the half-Ghoul dons his iconic face mask.

The mask itself has been shown several times and is a focal point of the movie's first live-action trailer. The important accessory was made by Japanese designer Masanori Morikawa whose made stage costumes for the likes of Lady Gaga and KISS.

"I myself have been a big fan of the manga series, so I really appreciate for giving me this opportunity. The masks and costumes used in the film were newly designed by me, expanding the images of the manga with the director. I hope the fans of the Tokyo Ghoul manga will like it," Morikawa assured fans in a previous statement.

If you are unfamiliar with Tokyo Ghoul, Viz Media describes the story below:

"Ghouls live among us,​ the same as normal people in every way - except their craving for human flesh.​ Shy Ken Kaneki is thrilled to go on a date with the beautiful Rize.​ But it turns out that she's only interested in his body - eating it,​ that is.​ When a morally questionable rescue transforms him into the first half-human half-Ghoul hybrid,​ Ken is drawn into the dark and violent world of Ghouls,​ which exists alongside our own.​"

The series debuted in September 2011 thanks to mangaka Sui Ishida. Weekly Young Jump first published the manga before it was adapted into an anime series by Pierrot. The anime premiered in July 2014 before a second season ran in January 2015. A third season has yet to be announced by any party.

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Tokyo Ghoul is set in an alternate reality where creatures known as ghouls exist. The horrifying monsters survive by consuming human flesh and live amongst humans in secret. The story follows a boy named Ken Kaneki after a date-gone-wrong leaves him a half-ghoul. Struggling to adapt to his new life, Ken tries his best to fit into ghoul society, keep his monstrous status hidden from humans, and reign in the insatiable hunger he has for flesh.

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