The upcoming theatrical adaptation of award-winning dystopian manga series “The Promised Neverland“, written by Kaiu Shirai and illustrated by Posuka Demizu, will be hitting Singapore cinemas on 31st December 2020. But before that, fans are in for a treat as a Special Fans Screening is also slated for 26th December 2020 at 3:30 PM exclusively at GV Vivocity! Every ticket comes with exclusive movie premiums: a limited edition face mask and movie poster, so grab your tickets now via https://cutt.ly/OhHcWoT!
“The Promised Neverland” manga ran for approximately four years, sold over 21 million copies, and reaped numerous awards including the 63rd Shogakukan Manga Award and “Kono Manga ha Sugoi! 2018” (“This Comic is Amazing!”) for the Shounen category. The film adaptation stars Minami Hamabe as Emma, Rihito Itagaki as Norman, Jiyo Kairi as Ray, Keiko Kitagawa as Isabella, and Naomi Watanabe as Krone.
To those of you who have never read the mange, “The Promised Neverland” follows the story of Emma, a little girl living in the Grace Field House orphanage, with Norman, Ray, and several other children. Their “Mama Isabella” takes good care of them but strictly forbids them from venturing outside the grounds. When Emma, Norman, and Ray discover a fellow orphan butchered to death, they realize that the orphanage was actually a farm, and the orphans were livestock sold by Mama Isabella to be devoured by demons. Emma, Norman, and Ray plan an escape from the house and are determined to leave no child behind.
Mimami Hamabe is one of Japan’s up-and-coming young actresses, having starred in a number of other live-action film adaptations of popular manga prior to “The Promised Neverland”, and her experience shows — her acting is more natural and less contrived than her two young male co-stars Rihito Itagaki and Jyo Kairi. But still, nothing will stand up to powerhouse Keiko Kitagawa, whose screen presence as “Mama Isabella” was simply riveting, as well as the hilariously manic Naomi Watanabe, whose interpretation of “Sister Krone” was simply genius.
As with most films adapting their screenplay from an existing manga, the pacing can be a bit inconsistent since the film assumes you are already familiar with the source material, so we do recommend catching up with at least the first season of the TV anime adaptation — if not the entire manga, which has already ended. Fans will also enjoy spotting the differences between the manga and the film, which we think were good decisions to help set the mood and retain the overall atmosphere.
The Promised Neverland Special Fans Screening
⏰ Date: 26 December 2020, 3:30 PM
📍 Venue: GV VivoCity
🎟 Tickets: https://cutt.ly/OhHcWoT
The Singapore general release of “The Promised Neverland” will end the year in a bang on 31st December 2020 (Thursday), featuring Japanese audio with English and Chinese subtitles. Watch out for the list of cinemas and screenings times to be announced very soon.
The Promised Neverland General Screening
⏰ Date: 31st December 2020 onwards
📍 Venue: Varies
🎟 Tickets: Varies