The live-action adaptation of Tokyo Revengers is finally coming to Singapore on 21st October 2021 and our staff is fortunate to have a sneak peek of the film prior to the airing, courtesy of Encore Films. If you are unsure if the movie is worth your time and money, do continue reading as we will share our spoiler-free thoughts about the movie.
The movie is an adaptation of the Japanese manga series by Ken Wakui sensei that started in 2017, and it has also recently been adapted to an anime series earlier this year in April. The story is about how the protagonist Takemichi Hanagaki leaps through time and tries to save her ex-girlfriend from getting murdered in the present.
First-time viewers of the Tokyo Revengers story can enjoy an all-rounded story jam-packed with an intense gangster-like setting, heart-pumping action, mind-blowing drama, cute romance, comedic moments and relatable scenes that may hit a little close to home, not in any particular order. On the other hand, fans of the manga or anime can expect to see a variety of their favourite characters come to life and interact with one another in various ways, as well as familiar characters that foreshadow the next arc in the anime.
When it comes to live-action adaptation, fans would probably worry if the characters are well portrayed, and we think that the live-action movie for Tokyo Revengers totally nailed it. In this movie, you can find most of the young generation actors from the industry and they sure did a really good job in recreating their manga/anime counterparts.
The main character Takemichi Hanagaki is played by Takumi Kitamura (北村 匠海), who also starred in the live-action adaptation of “Let Me Eat Your Pancreas”. As for Manjiro Sano (Mikey), he is played by Ryo Yoshizawa (吉沢 亮), who has been really active in live-action adaptation movies, such as Kingdom, Bleach, Gintama etc. These two may be young but their acting skills are definitely amazing and it’s something that really left us a great impression. Apart from the 2 of them, Yuki Yamada (as Ken Ryuuguji “Draken”), Shotaro Mamiya (as Tetta Kisaki), Hayato Isomura (as Atsushi Sendo), Mio Imada (as Hinata Tachibana) are some of the notable stars of the show too.
Tokyo Revengers and gang fight scenes go hand in hand, with the various fights done really tastefully. A variety of punches and kicks, especially Mikey’s iconic spin kicks, would be a treat for fans of fighting action movies. Kudos to the movie production team for the wonderful props, effects and cameraworks too, for making the action scenes really enjoyable.
For fans worried about whether the quality of the live-action anime movie medium would affect the Tokyo Revengers story, they can rest assured that the live-action version of Tokyo Revengers comes pretty close to its anime counterpart that they know and love.
Well, that’s pretty much what we thought about the movie, but it’s not the end of this article yet. If you are a fan of Tokyo Revengers or any of the actors, don’t miss the fan screening happening on 16 Oct 2021 (Saturday). You will also receive an exclusive t-shirt, movie poster and movie ticket, apart from watching it earlier than everyone else.
Also, we will be giving away movie tickets for the normal movie screening (sorry, not the fan screening) to 3 lucky winners! Each of the winners will be getting a pair of movie ticket passes to the Tokyo Revengers live-action movie and what you gotta do to win the tickets are:
1) Like Anime Festival Asia on Facebook
2) Share the contest post publicly on your timeline
3) Comment on the contest post with the answer to this question:
“Who is your favourite character from Tokyo Revengers?”
The giveaway ends on 19th October 2021 at 23:59 SGT. The winners will be contacted via DM* by AFA’s Facebook page staff by 20th October 2021. This giveaway is only applicable to participants residing in Singapore.
Hope you enjoyed our review of the movie and good luck to those participating in the movie ticket giveaway. Let us know what you think after watching the movie too!