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By James W, Saturday 10th February 2018
Although I'm not the biggest expert on Asian cinema, I'm even less of an expert when it comes to Anime. I do know what I like, though and Tokyo Ghoul is a damn fine piece of cinema.
Quiet and bookish, Ken Kaneki (Masataka Kubota) was all but dead to a world living in fear of "Ghouls": creatures who not only share our skin but crave its taste. When a nightmarish encounter leaves him a human-ghoul hybrid however, Ken finds himself taken under the wing of those he once considered monsters and fighting to protect them from a vengeful hunger that will leave him asking what it truly means to be inhuman.
OK, I am not going to pretend if I know if this is close to the source material or not, what I can tell you that as it stands, Tokyo Ghoul is great piece of fantasy if nor directly horror cinema. There is plenty of blood and gore but the way it is set firmly in the fantastical that categorises the film for me. None of this matter of course as the plot is more important than body count. Masataka Kubota is perfectly cast as the vulnerable Kaneki, a man bewildered by his new future and bizarre circumstances. He allows the audience to get inside his predicament with sensitivity and much pathos. Here's a guy thrust into an underworld where, in parts, is every ghoul for his or herself.
The only time the film lets itself down is some dodgy CGI SFX. Though it distracts from some of the more heartfelt moments it doesn't spoil the movie too much, unlike some recent Hollywood blockbusters I could mention.
If you get a chance to catch this on its limited cinema run then do so you can appreciate the wonderful photography and cool performances.
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