Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1 (2015)

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Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1
Directed by Shinji Higuchi
Produced by Yûji Ishida,
Genki Kawamura
Written by Yûsuke Watanabe,
Tomohiro Machiyama,
Hajime Isayama (Manga)
Music by Shiro Sagisu
Distributor TohoJP,
Funimation FilmsUS
Rating PG-12JP, UnratedUS
Box Office ¥3,250,000,000[1]
Running Time 98 minutes
(1 hour, 38 minutes)
Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
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Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1 (進撃の巨人 ATTACK ON TITAN,   Shingeki no Kyojin Atakku on Taitan, lit. Advance of Giants ATTACK ON TITAN) is a live action 2015 tokusatsu kaiju film co-produced by Kodansha, Licri, Nikkatsu Corporation, and Toho, based on the manga created by Hajime Isayama. It was filmed simultaneously with Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 2, its sequel, and was released to Japanese theaters on August 1, 2015 and to American theaters on September 30.

Description

Funimation's official DVD/Blu-ray synopsis:

"When the Titans first attacked, life for mankind was forever changed. Fearing the massive man-eating humanoids, survivors constructed three enormous walls for protection. From that point on, humanity lived safely behind the walls - for the time being.

A century later, life is peaceful. Eren and his friends live inside the walls, yearning to explore beyond the borders they've always known. But the opportunity comes sooner than expected when a Colossal Titan appears above the wall. With a single kick, the barricade is pierced, allowing a swarm of Titans to pour in and devour their newly-exposed prey. Witnessing the devastation, Eren and his friends vow to destroy the man-eating terrors.

The future looks bleak, but there's more to Eren than meets the eye: he may be humanity's last hope against extinction."

Plot

During the Great Titan War, humanity was nearly wiped out by a race of carnivorous giants. The survivors built three concentric walls tall enough to keep the Titans out, and lived peacefully inside for the next century. In the present day, Armin and Mikasa travel to the outskirts of their village of Monzen to meet their friend Eren. Standing on top of a dud bomb, Eren tells them his desire to see the outside world, especially the ocean depicted in a painting on the bomb. They are quickly caught trying to climb up the wall, but Souda, the captain of the Garrison, informs them that the military is planning an expedition to go beyond the walls soon. Just as Eren starts to feel hope for the future, a Colossal Titan taller than the wall materialized behind it in a cloud of smoke. He kicks a hole in the structure and vanishes, allowing dozens of Titan to swarm in. The Garrison stands their ground and opens fire on the Titans with their cannons, but the monsters regenerate the damage within seconds. After devouring many of the soldiers, the Titans carry out a massacre in Monzen. In the chaos, Eren is separated from Mikasa as she tries to rescue a baby; a Titan stands over her and prepares to strike just as he loses sight of her. Survivors of the invasion retreat behind the second wall, where they face food shortages and strict population control.

Two years later, Eren and Armin graduate the Scouting Regiment, along with Sasha, Jean, Sannagi, Hiana, Fukushi, Lil, and many others. Their mission is to use the last of humanity's explosives, held in a secure site beyond the second wall, to seal the hole in the outer wall. As Jean points out, they are an inexperienced group; this crucial task has only been assigned to them because all previous attempts have failed. Their sole advantage is a recent invention called omni-directional maneuvering gear, a device that uses gas propulsion and grappling hooks to outflank Titans in urban environments. The gear also contains several pairs of swords which can kill Titans by slicing into their nape. Upon death, the creatures quickly dissolve, making them difficult to study.

The team, led by Commander Kubal of the Military Police and the eccentric Squad Leader Hans, pass through Titan territory on trucks without incident. During a break, Hiana and Eren follow what they believe to be a human baby's cries and discover a child Titan; Hiana's screams lure the adults. The expedition is saved by "humanity's strongest soldier," Captain Shikishima, and Mikasa, now a Titan slayer of almost equal renown. Kubal reveals the location of the explosives in a hidden chamber, information which was closely guarded for fear of traitors in the ranks. After a fight with Jean, Eren confronts Mikasa, and she reveals that the Titan he thought had killed her devoured the baby instead and left her scarred. The experience has hardened her; she now focuses only on killing as many Titans as possible. When Shikishima interrupts their conversation, making it clear that he and Mikasa are together, Eren is devastated. Hiana attempts to seduce him, but she is interrupted by a second Titan attack.

While the expedition struggles to fight back, a figure dressed in rags steals the truck containing the explosives. Lil, driven insane with grief after the death of her lover Fukushi, kicks him out of the truck and drives it into a group of Titans as the explosives detonate. Jean attempts to convince Eren to flee, but he charges into battle alone. With Shikishima's encouragement, he displays great skill with the omni-directional maneuvering gear, but can only kill one Titan before another bites his leg off. Meanwhile, Armin, Sasha, Souda, Hans, and Sanaagi work in tandem to clear Jean a path to escape. In the process, Armin is picked up by an unusually strong Titan. Eren manages to save him with the last of his strength, but is devoured himself. Through her grief, Mikasa keeps fighting until her maneuvering gears runs out of gas, forcing her to face the Titan with nothing but a broken sword.

As she prepares to make her last stand, a second Titan bursts out of it and goes on the warpath, dispatching dozens of Titans with an intelligence never before seen. Souda recognizes its fighting style as Eren's. When its strength fades and it collapses, he instructs Mikasa to carefully cut into its nape to remove Eren before the rapidly-decaying Titan absorbs him. A fully-healed Eren opens his eyes as his friends look on in astonishment.

Staff

Main article: Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1/Credits.

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Shinji Higuchi
  • Written by   Yusuke Watanabe, Tomohiro Machiyama, Hajime Isayama
  • Produced by   Yuji Ishida, Genki Kawamura
  • Music by   Shiro Sagisu
  • Cinematography by   Shoji Ehara
  • Production Design by   Takeshi Shimizu
  • Special Effects by   Yoshihiro Nishimura, Katsuro Onoue

Cast

Main article: Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1/Credits.

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Haruma Miura   as   Eren
  • Hiroki Hasegawa   as   Shikishima
  • Kiko Mizuhara   as   Mikasa
  • Kanata Hongo   as   Armin
  • Takahiro Miura   as   Jean
  • Nanami Sakuraba   as   Sasha
  • Satoru Matsuo   as   Sannagi
  • Shu Watanabe   as   Fukushi
  • Ayame Misaki   as   Hiana
  • Rina Takeda   as   Lil
  • Satomi Ishihara   as   Hans
  • Pierre Taki   as   Souda
  • Jun Kunimura   as   Kubal

Appearances

Monsters

  • Titans
    • Colossal Titan
    • Rogue Titan
    • Armored Titan (mid-credits teaser)

Alternate Titles

  • Advance of Giants ATTACK ON TITAN (Literal Japanese Title)
  • Attack on Titan (Alternate English Title)

Theatrical Releases

  • Japan - August 1, 2015
  • Philippines - August 12, 2015
  • Hong Kong, Singapore - August 13, 2015
  • Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, Ukraine - August 27, 2015
  • United States - September 30, 2015

Foreign Releases

On June 29, 2015, Funimation Entertainment, the same company that distributes the Attack on Titan anime in the United States, announced that it had acquired the American distribution rights for both live-action films from Toho. Funimation announced that the world premiere of Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1 would be held on July 14 in Los Angeles, and that both parts of the film would be released in theaters across North, Central, and South America in the fall.[2] FUNimation later confirmed that Part 1 would be released on September 30, while Part 2 would be released on October 20.

Additionally, Madman, who has distributed many of the Godzilla films in Australia in the past, acquired the rights to release the films theatrically in Australia and New Zealand in August 2015.[3]

Miniseries

To tie in with the films, Toho announced a three-part miniseries, Attack on Titan: Beacon for Counterattack, which aired on the Japanese channel dTV on August 15. The series focuses on the supporting characters of Hans, a scientist who is obsessed with studying the Titans; Sasha, a Survey Corps trainee who is skilled at archery; and Fukushi and Lil, rivals who become lovers.

Attack on Titan: Beacon for Counterattack trailer

Box Office

Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1 opened at number one at the Japanese box office, beating out Universal Pictures' Minions and earning ¥603,000,000 (approximately $4,860,000) over its opening weekend.[4]

Reception

Reception to part 1 of the film was mixed to positive among the Japanese moviegoing public, however many fans of the anime and manga series have criticized the amount of liberties taken with the source material, most notably making the entire cast Japanese rather than mostly European as in the manga and anime, as well as removing many iconic characters such as Levi, and recasting Mikasa as Eren's girlfriend, rather than his adoptive sister.

Videos

Trailers

Japanese Attack on Titan trailer
Japanese Attack on Titan trailer
Japanese Attack on Titan trailer
Australian Attack on Titan trailer
American Attack on Titan Parts 1 and 2 trailer

Video Releases

Funimation Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD (2016)

  • Region: 1 (DVD) and A/1 (Blu-ray)
  • Discs: 2
  • Audio: Japanese (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
  • Special Features: Trailers

Trivia

  • The Colossal Titan, who stands at approximately 60 meters tall in the manga and anime, has his size doubled to 120 meters in this film.
  • The special effects in this movie are accomplished through a combination of practical effects and traditional tokusatsu techniques and computer generated imagery, a style Shinji Higuchi calls "hybrid." Higuchi employed similar techniques when working on the special effects for Gamera 2: Attack of Legion and Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris.
    • The Colossal Titan specifically was portrayed using a massive puppet of its upper body operated by several puppeteers, and enhanced with CGI. A similar technique was initially employed to portray Godzilla's fourth form in Shin Godzilla, before it was scrapped and replaced entirely with CGI.
  • Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1 and its sequel are the only known Toho kaiju films to receive an English-language novelization: Attack on Titan: End of the World by Touji Asakura.[5]
  • Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1 was the first new Toho kaiju film to receive a theatrical release in the United States since Godzilla 2000: Millennium in 2000.
  • In Funimation's English dubs, every character who appears in both this film and the anime series has the same English voice actor, with Bryce Papenbrook as Eren, Trina Nishimura as Mikasa, Josh Grelle as Armin, Ashly Burch as Sasha, Mike McFarland as Jean, and Jessica Calvello as Hans/Hange. Tia Ballard (Lil), R. Bruce Elliot (Kubal), and David Wald (Souda) all portray characters similar to those they voice in the anime.

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References

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GHIDORAH0889

6 days ago
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Oh, come on! The movie is good (but that's only because I watch the live action movies only, with exceptions of the anime Godzilla movies).
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Gojira2014

7 months ago
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this and the second one are pure trash. don't waste your time.
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Green Blob Thing

7 months ago
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Sort of like the anime itself.
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Petexera

6 months ago
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I don't see anything wrong with the anime
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SkullIsland

20 months ago
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Legendary is still trying to get the rights to Attack on titan to make their own film.
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Green Blob Thing

20 months ago
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No they aren't.
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The King of the Monsters

20 months ago
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That's Warner Bros., not Legendary, plus I'm pretty sure Kodansha came out and said although they are negotiating the rights to a Hollywood remake, Warner Bros. is not the company receiving them.
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SkullIsland

20 months ago
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I'm always getting the two mixed up.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

24 months ago
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Part 2 needs its own page.
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The King of the Monsters

24 months ago
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Well we could split the page up if it would end up being more convenient. The issue is that this page just needs severely updated as it is.
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TitanGoji!

12 months ago
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Same goes for the Attack, Armored, and Colossal Titans
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Toa Hydros

26 months ago
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Just watched Part One, and so far I'm fairly impressed. I'll reserve my full judgement until I see Part Two, though.