Tokyo Ghoul

Canadian Premiere
  • Japan
  • 2017
  • 119 mins
  • Japanese
  • English (subtitles)
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Official Selection: Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 2017

They live among us, look like us, talk like us. They don't eat like us, though, because what they eat... is us. They are called “ghouls,” and though they are few in numbers and strike with care and discretion, the bloody carnage they leave behind is secluded parks and dimly-lit alleys has all of Tokyo constantly on edge. The district of Ward 20 has been spared much killing, but that's changing...

Ken Kaneki, a soft-spoken bookworm, has a crush on the similarly nerdy Rize, and at last he's found the courage to ask her out. He should have kept his nose buried in a book. Their romantic evening concludes with Kaneki critically wounded and Rize, revealed to be a ghoul, crushed in a freak industrial accident. A less-than-ethical doctor saves his life – with a transplant of Rize's salvaged organs. Soon enough, Kaneki finds himself revolted by normal food, craving instead human flesh and blood. His transformation isn't complete, though, and while his half-ghoul status is enough to make him a monstrosity in the eyes of most, earning the acceptance and support of the underground ghoul community carries its own difficulties and dangers.

Boasting a cast including Masataka Kubota (13 ASSASSINS), Fumika Shimizu (HENTAI KAMEN) and Yu Aoi (HANA & ALICE, this year's WHAT A WONDERFUL FAMILY! 2), TOKYO GHOUL is the live-action adaptation of the immensely popular urban-horror manga by Sui Ishida, a gruesome yet pensive dark fantasy in the same sinister zone as DEATH NOTE and PARASYTE. Strap on your ghoul mask, things are about to get messy in Ward 20...

- Rupert Bottenberg

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