07 manga-based movies worth watching this 2017

Japanese manga are still a mine of gold for film producers to invest their money in. In the second half of 2017, several worth watching movies are going to be released.


Tokyo Ghoul (July 29th)

The human world in the movie’s setting is invaded by groups of ghouls who look like human but live on human flesh. The main character Ken Kaneki (played by Masataka Kubota) is originally a normal college student, but after an accident, a ghoul’s organ is transplanted in his body. Since then, Ken becomes half ghoul and half human. He has to struggle with his own life in order to both fit in with human society and hide his ghoul blood to protect himself from being watched and hunted. The dark fantasy manga has a multitude of fans from all over the world, and they are surely excited about Tokyo Ghoul live action version. The movie is directed by Kentarō Hagiwara and planned to be released this July. Source: HYMP


Gintama (July 14th)

Shun Oguri plays the main character Gontoki Sakata in a movie which takes inspiration from the same-titled comedy/ science fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Hideaki Sorachi. The movie’s setting is Japan in Edo era when people is under attack by the army of Amanto aliens, and samurais, the strength of Japan turn out to fail to fight back, so they have to obey the alien invaders. Source: Warner Bros.


Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable Chapter I (August 4th)

Aside from Blade of the Immortal, another manga is brought onto the large screen by director Takashi Miike, it is Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. The manga focuses on the life of Joestar family who devote their life to save the earth from supernatural dark forces. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure was published for the first time in 1987. The manga’s live action version starring Kento Yamazaki, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Nana Komatsu concentrates on the 4th part of the manga series, Diamond is Unbreakable. Source: Toho


Death Note (August 25th)

This is considered to be the most remarkable manga-based film project of the year as it is conducted by Netflix. The original setting is transferred from Japan to America with the participation of Hollywood stars. The plot centers upon Light Turner (played by Nat Wolff), a clever schoolboy who accidentally finds the Death Note with which he can take anyone’s life away just by writing their names in and imagine their faces. At first, Light Turner use the mighty Death Note to punish evil people, but he gradually gets obsessed by the tremendous power in his hand. A number of unnatural deaths are detected and detective L (Keith Stanfield) starts having his eyes on Turner. Source: Netflix


Ajin: Demi-Human (September 30th)

“Ajin” is a term created to refer to an immortal human race on Earth. Due to that privilege, they are severely hunted for scientific experiments or even illegal organ trades. Kei Nagai (Takeru Satoh) is a Japanese schoolboy, he also belongs to Ajin race. Having discovered his special being, Kei has to go for only one alternative: supporting Sato (Gou Ayano), the leader of Ajin, to conduct continuous terrors, requiring human to meet any Ajin’s requirements or standing by human and struggle against the savage Sato. The upcoming movie is directed by Katsuyki Motohiro. Source: Toho


Blade of the Immortal (November 3rd)

Basing on the 30-episode manga by Hiroaki Samura, Warner Bros. decided to launch an identically-titled film project after the success of Rurouni Kenshin. Blade of the Immortal’s scenario is about Manji (Takuya Kimura), a samurai with an immortal blood flowing in his vein. His destiny is to accompany Rin Asano (Hana Sugisaki), a girl who has lost her family due to a group of swordsmen, and so the flame of hostility always burns in her heart. After its debut last April in Japan, Blade of the Immortal is traveling to other countries at the end of this year. Source: Warner Bros.


Fullmetal Alchemist (December 1st)

Fumihiko Sori’s renowned manga tells a story about the two siblings Edward and Alphonse Elric’s adventures of stopping devils as well as searching for the philosopher’s stone to recover their bodies after being damaged owing to overused alchemy. The Armored Alchemist Alphonse Elric is an absolute CGI product, which will surely amaze the audience. Source: Warner Bros.

By: Chris Stewart

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