Tokyo Ghoul is a 2017 Japanese dark fantasy action film based on the manga series Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida. The film is directed by Kentarō Hagiwara and stars Masataka Kubota as Ken Kaneki and Fumika Shimizu as Tōka Kirishima. It was released in Japan by Shochiku on 29 July 2017.
Tokyo Ghoul is set in an alternate reality where ghouls, individuals who can only survive by eating human flesh, live among the normal humans in secret, hiding their true nature to evade pursuit from the authorities.
Ken Kaneki, a normal college student who, after being taken to a hospital, discovers that he underwent surgery that transformed him into a half-ghoul after being attacked by his date, Rize Kamishiro who reveals herself to be a ghoul. This was accomplished by transferring Rize's organs into his body, and now, like normal ghouls, he must consume human flesh to survive. Struggling with his new life as a half-ghoul, he must now adapt to the ghoul society, as well as keeping his identity hidden from his human companions.
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 80% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 15 reviews, with an average rating of 6.35/10.
Gabriella Ekens from Anime News Network was impressed by the film's cinematography even though it didn't have a huge budget and praised Masataka Kubota and another cast for their strong performance. Although he criticized the film for its Kagune effects. Mark Schilling of The Japan Times gave the film 4.5 out of 5 stars. Andrew Chan of the Film Critics Circle of Australia writes, "Tokyo Ghoul is one of those films where the over-the-top gore and violence ends up overshadowing everything from plotline to meaningful words or even its characters." Dread Central gave the film three and a half stars and called the film "A beautiful but flawed adaptation."Variety said "This live-action adaptation of Sui Ishida’s famous manga about flesh-eating monsters is likely to please fans, despite some technical imperfections. South China Morning Post found the film ambitious but felt it ultimately stumbled saying "The film collapses into a series of conventional stand-offs between opposing characters struggling as much with their own identities as their conflicts with each other. For about an hour, however, Tokyo Ghoul did offer something special." Film School Rejects said "It feels like a film designed for newcomers, but it ultimately fails to leave viewers hungry for more.