Singapore, 4th August 2015 – The long awaited and most highly anticipated Japanese live-action blockbuster, ATTACK ON TITAN (Part 1), will be released in Singapore on 13th August. Sneak previews will be held from 6th to 10th August (Thursday to Monday) over the National Day long weekend. ATTACK ON TITAN opened in Japan on 1st August and got off to a superb start with excellent box office results for the opening day. It’s first day’s result was 94% higher than GODZILLA (2014)’s first day’s result. The final box office for the first part is now expected to surpass US$40 million.
Two versions of the movie, M18 (Original Version) & NC16 (Edited Version), will be released simultaneously in various cinemas island-wide during sneaks and official release in Singapore. This is the first time that a movie will release with simultaneous rating in Singapore. Being fully aware of the huge ATTACK ON TITAN manga and animation fan base in Singapore, this decision was made so as to ensure that the movie adaptation can enable consumers to choose upfront the version of the movie they would prefer to watch and can reach out to and include as many viewers and fans as possible across the largest possible age range.
“We hope that by releasing the NC16 version, younger fans are also given the opportunity to watch the movie that they’ve anticipated for so long. At the same time, the M18 original (un-cut) version is screened as well so as not to disappoint fans who are 18 and above.” said Joyce Lee, Managing Director, Encore Films.
We are also pleased to announce that ATTACK ON TITAN is the first Asian film to be released on D-BOX in Singapore at GV Bishan. We trust that D-BOX format will bring out the best of the action-packed battle scenes in ATTACK ON TITAN and aims to provide viewers the most raw, visceral and immersive cinematic experience.
ATTACK ON TITAN M18, NC16 & D-BOX versions will be screened at different cinema locations respectively:
GV Suntec City
GV Great World City
GV Jurong Point
Shaw @ NEX
WE Cinemas, Clementi
About the movie:
Adapted from the hit manga series written and illustrated by Isayama Hajime, ATTACK ON TITAN is an “extreme scale” live-action movie that has created intense hype even before it is released. The 16 volume manga series sold more than 50 million copies worldwide and when everyone thought it was impossible to re-enact the story in a live-action film, the best staff from the Japanese movie, animation and special effects industries gathered together to realize the impossible. The movie will feature extensive, large-scale action scenes with flying movements by 3D manoeuvring. This dark fantasy is set in an apocalyptic world where humanity is caged behind enormous walls as a defence against the Titans, gigantic humanoid creatures that devour humans.
ATTACK ON TITAN is directed by world-renowned director Shinji Higuchi, who also directed the epic blockbuster “The Sinking of Japan” in 2006. The film also stars famous and in-demand young stars Haruma Miura, Kiko Mizuhara and Kanata Hongo.
Some of the most anticipated and talked about scenes of the movie include how the production team were able to make the towering, man-eating giants come alive. These Titans were created under the joint efforts of state-of-the-art technology as well as the commitment of hundreds of cast and crew members. The adrenaline packed action scenes where our heroes and heroines battled their foes were created via top-notch VFX techniques by Special Effects Director Onoue Katsuro and Special Make Producer Nishimura Yoshihiro.
Above all, a large part of the movie was filmed on Hashima Island (more commonly known as Gunkanjima or “Battleship” Island for its resemblance to the Japanese battleship Tosa). The location was choosen as the desolate and abandoned island made it the perfect “new world” setting for the apocalyptic film. During the Japan press conference, actors Haruma Miura and Kiko Mizuhara mentioned that the desolate ambience on the island was so strong that they were able to feel “the Titans coming through those ruined walls.” Director Shinji Higuchi also remarked that “Gunkanjima is not just an island of ruins, but fits exactly into the story of ATTACK ON TITAN where manhood suddenly disappears and the land is left empty. It is a beautiful yet melancholic place. I really thought it would be impossible to use the island for filming, but I am very happy to be able to shoot the movie here.”
ATTACK ON TITAN is co-distributed by Encore Films and Golden Village Pictures in Singapore. It is scheduled to open island-wide on 13th August. Sneak previews will open from 6th to 10th August, over the National Day long weekend. ATTACK ON TITAN 2: END OF THE WORLD (Part 2) will open on 24th September in Singapore.