Adapted from the hit manga series written and illustrated by Isayama Hajime, “Attack on Titan” is an “extreme scale” live-action movie that has created intense hype even before it is released. The 16 volume manga series sold more than 50 million copies worldwide and when everyone thought it was impossible to re-enact the story in a live-action film, the best staff from the Japanese movie/animation/special effects industries gathered together to realize the impossible. The movie will feature extensive action scenes with flying movements by 3d manoeuvring. This dark fantasy is set in an apocalyptic world where humanity is caged behind enormous walls as a defense against the Titans, gigantic humanoid creatures that devour humans. Starring Miura Haruma (Koizora/ Sky of Love), Hiroki Hasegawa, and rising starlet Kiko Mizuhara (Norwegian Wood), this blockbuster will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout.
The story centers around Eren Yeager and his friends Mikasa and Armin. 100 years ago, mankind was almost wiped out by giant humanoid creatures called Titans who devour humans. To defend themselves against the Titans, the surviving few forged massive walls and since then all of humanity has been enclosed within these walls. Peace and refuge was hard fought but it came at the expense of freedom. Generations of human kind thereafter never had a chance to venture beyond those giant walls and the existence of Titans gradually became mere myth. Without any knowledge of the world beyond those walls, teenager Eren and his friends Mikasa and Armin have lived peacefully until one day, the walls were destroyed by a colossal giant. Countless giants followed, breaking through the walls and destroying everything in their path. Vowing revenge and to reclaim their homeland from the Titans, Eren and Armin join the Survey Corps to fight the Titans…
Japan Press Conference
The press conference was held at Hashima Island (more commonly known as Gunkanjima/“Battleship” Island for its resemblance to the Japanese battleship Tosa) where much of the movie was filmed. Director Shinji Higuchi, as well as the cast members attended the press conference. Hashima Island was established in 1887 and was known for its undersea coal mines which were in operation during the industrialization of Japan. As petroleum gradually replaced coal as an energy source, coal mines began shutting down and Hashima’s mines were no exception. It was eventually closed in 1974 and since then, the island has been left abandoned, with its buildings in ruins. On 29th January 2014, it was proposed that the island to be listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ruined streets, rusted pillars, deserted buildings and hellish labyrinth of abandoned stairways on the island made it the perfect “new world” setting for the apocalyptic film.
Cast members Miura Haruma and Mizuhara Kiko did most of their scenes on this historical island. During the press conference, both mentioned that the desolate ambience on the island was so strong that they were able to feel “the Titans coming through those ruined walls.” Director Higuchi Shinji also remarked that “Gunkanjima is not just an island of ruins, but fits exactly into the story of “Attack on Titan” where manhood suddenly disappears and the land is left empty. It is a beautiful yet melancholic place. I really thought it would be impossible to use the island for filming, but I am very happy to be able to shoot the movie here.”
Film: Attack on Titan Part 1 进击的巨人
Original Work: Isayama Hajime
Director: Shinji Higuchi
Special Effects Director: Onoue Katsuro
Cast: Miura Haruma, Hasegawa Hiroki, Mizuhara Kiko, Hongo Kanata, Miura Takahiro, Sakuraba Nanami, Watanabe Shu
Genre: Action, Sci-fi
Duration: 98 mins