GYO: TOKYO FISH ATTACK Trailer and Release Date

Despite delays Gyo is about to be released and the lovely folks at the Terror-cotta label (the guys who gave us Revenge: A Love Story, and Death Bell) have sent me the UK trailer for the anime adaptation of Junji Ito’s weird fiction adventure Gyo. The release date is the 03rd of September.  Here are the rest of the details and the trailer:

GYO: TOKYO FISH ATTACK

Giant, killer fish attack Tokyo!

Release Date: 03rd September 2012

Synopsis

The story centres around Kaori who is visiting Okinawa and its beautiful beaches with friends when she find herself caught in the middle of a land invasion by bizarre and aggressive fish which scuttle on land with sharp metal legs. Things are about to get much worse for Kaori as she finds that the deadly fish are spreading from the island.

Fish Attack Salary Man in Gyo

Technical Specifications
Special features:
Interview with Manga master Junji Ito

Horror, 2012
Certificate 15
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese with English subtitles.
Running time: 71 min

I pretty much loved what I saw.  The action was exciting and the visceral reaction I had to the body horror showed me how involved I was in the film and how good the artistry is. I felt it was a good adaptation of a tricky source and I scored it pretty high. Gyo is out tomorrow on DVD and it can also be seen on the big screen at Scotland Loves Anime.

Scotland Loves Anime 2012 Line-Up

Scotland Loves Anime LogoScotland Loves Anime announced their line-up of titles and it includes some of the newest anime films to premiere in Japanese cinemas this year. The festival is split up between two locations over two weeks. Glasgow goes first from 12th – 14th October and that is followed up by Edinburgh from the 19th to the 21st October. The films include major titles like The Wolf Children Rain and Snow, Nerawareta Gakuen, Gyo, and the live-action Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. There is also talk of a mystery film which will be shown which sounds intriguing. There are also lectures and other cultural events but the main draw will definitely be the films.

Anyway… the line-ups for both locations look the same and I will detail the films below but here is a quick guide:

Glasgow 12th – 14th October

Afterschool Midnighters

Anime Mirai Project

BERSERK: MOVIE 1 – The Egg of The King

Blood-C The Last Dark

Gyo – Tokyo Fish Attack

K-On! Movie

Ninja Scrolls – HD

Phoenix Wright – Ace Attorney
Edinburgh 19th to the 21st October

Afterschool Midnighters

Anime Mirai Project

BERSERK: MOVIE 1 – The Egg of The King

BERSERK MOVIE 2 – THE BATTLE FOR DOLDREY

Blood-C The Last Dark

Nerawareta Gakuen

Ninja Scrolls – HD

Wolf Children

Here is some information on the films:

After School MidnightersAfter School Midnighters Poster

Running Time: 100 mins.

Director: Hitoshi Takekiyo

Writer: Yōichi Komori

Starring: Hiromasa Taguchi (Goth), Haruka Tomatsu (Mako), Kouichi Yamadera (Kunstlijk), Sakiko Uran (Miko), Minako Kotobuki (Mutsuko), Chafurin (Bach), Hiroshi Yanaka (Mozart), Dai Matsumoto (Beethoven), Hozumi Goda (Schubert)

The CGI film After School Midnighters is directed by Hitoshi Takekiyo who was behind the 2007 short which inspired this. It has been submitted for an Oscar in the best animated feature category. It stars the following seiyuu: Hiromasa Taguchi (Father in Kaasan), Haruka Tomatsu (Yunyun in CANAAN, Asuna in Sword Art Online), Minako Kotobuki (Yūko in A-Channel, Hamaji in Fuse: A Gun Girl’s Detective Story) and Kouichi Yamadera (Spike Spiegel in Cowboy Bebop).

 

When midnight arrives a human anatomical model maed Kunstlijk (Yamadera) comes to life in a school science classroom and goes on to have fun with a skeleton named Goth (Taguchi).

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Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack ギョ (2012)

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Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack                             Gyo Tokyo Fish Attack Cover

Romaji: Gyo 

Japanese Title:ギョ

Japanese Release Date: 15th February 2012

UK DVD Release Date: 03rd of September 2012 (Terror-cotta)

Running Time: 71 mins.

Director: Takayuki Hirao

Writer: Takayuki Hirao (script), Junji Ito (Original Manga)

Starring: Mirai Kataoka (Kaori), Hideki Abe (Shirakawa), Ami Taniguchi (Erika), Masami Saeki (Aki), Takuma Negishi (Tadashi)

Junji Ito occupies a very special place in my life. He makes my nightmares. I can think of few other manga-ka or filmmakers that have had the effect of leaving me genuinely unnerved. Gyo (Japanese for fish) is the first of his stories to get an anime adaptation. Does it work?

Kaori is visiting Okinawa with her friends Aki and Erika for a grad trip. They are staying at a beach house owned by Kaori’s fiancé Tadashi’s uncle and are enjoying Okinawa’s beautiful beaches when she finds herself caught in the middle of a land invasion by bizarre fish which scuttle on land with sharp metal legs and spread a “Death Stench”. These fish turn aggressive and soon spread across the island and spread further afield to Tokyo where Tadashi resides. Kaori decides to return to Tokyo and find Tadashi. She hooks up with a freelance cameraman named Shirakawa but things are about to get a whole lot weirder than she could have imagined.

Fish Invasion in Gyo

Anybody familiar with Ito’s weird fiction manga will know that his skill lies in taking something simple in an everyday situation like a physical feature or a desire and crafting something truly dreadful that twists relatable characters. Sometimes his stories become so unhinged that logic can fly out of the window but even then they are still affecting thanks to the mood, the ideas, and imagery which are so visceral. Movie adaptations struggle in conveying these stories and change things to make them more accessible as seen in the live-action Uzumaki and here.

The anime has been adapted by Takayuki Hirao who is the anime’s writer and director. He learned his craft under the guidance of Satashi Kon and even directed the first episode of the magnificent Paranoia Agent. Hirao has simplified Gyo’s story and turned it from pure psychological horror into a simple apocalypse movie that uses the brilliant animation to foreground the action and weirdness and the disgusting and brutal body horror. As a result Gyo has created a new nightmare for me… that of the sea and what lurks in it!

Kaori in Gyo

Have you ever stared out at an ocean and wondered what lies beneath the surface? Think about it. Oceans are large areas that have been barely explored and thousands of years of evolution have crafted so much life which is mostly undiscovered. This does not take into account the impact that humanity has had. The last few times I have looked out to sea I only thought about what was on the surface. What Gyo does is give vent to the sense of fear that surrounds the unknown and making the everyday crash against the monstrous.

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GYO: TOKYO FISH ATTACK Release Date

It may be the summer and the Olympics might be getting me all excited but last night while I was watching Japan vs Canada in the women’s doubles last night (thanks to the fantastic service of the BBC) I received some spine-chilling information that left me on edge… The recent anime adaptation of Junji Ito’s horror manga GYO which was acquired for UK distribution by the Terror-cotta label (the guys who gave us Revenge: A Love Story, and Death Bell) has been given a release date of the 03rd of September.  Here are the details:

GYO: TOKYO FISH ATTACK

Giant, killer fish attack Tokyo!

Gyo Tokyo Fish Attack Cover
Release Date: 03rd September 2012
Kaoru and Friend in Gyo

Synopsis

The story centres around Kaori who is visiting Okinawa and its beautiful beaches with friends when she find herself caught in the middle of a land invasion by bizarre and aggressive fish which scuttle on land with sharp metal legs. Things are about to get much worse for Kaori as she finds that the deadly fish are spreading from the island.

Fish Attack Salary Man in Gyo

Technical Specifications
Special features:
Interview with Manga master Junji Ito

Horror, 2012
Certificate 15
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese with English subtitles.
Running time: 71 min

Terror-cotta state that “Morbid manga master Junji Ito’s putrid and surreal story of mutant zombie fish that sprout legs and attack Japan is the most insane anime to come out of Japan since Urotsukidōji:  Legend of the Overfiend.”

While I’m not sure I would class it as the most insane anime since Overfiend, from what I have seen of it the anime is truly chilling and features a lot of body-horror and gory animation and I can assure you that all works of Junji Ito are really creepy – ruin summer days and leave me reeling from the existential and metaphysical terror creepy. That said I really liked the live-action adaptation of Uzumaki.

Gyo is one of the most well-known stories from legendary manga-ka Junji Ito who regularly has his weird fiction adapted for the big screen as the numerous Tomie live -action film show.

The anime is directed by Takayuki Hirao who learned his craft as an anime director under the guidance of one of the best anime directors ever, Satashi Kon (Paprika, Perfect Blue. While in his early twenties, Hirao was entrusted to direct the first episode of Kon’s first and only series, the critically acclaimed Paranoia Agent (which is one of the best anime I have watched). Hirao has carved out a name for himself in the past decade as one of the young anime directors to watch out for, becoming known for his over the top action scenes and intense camerawork most notably in massively successful Death Note animated series. The OVA was animated by Ufotable (Garden of Sinners, Coyote Ragtime Show). Get ready for some gruesomeness!

Mecha Shark in Gyo

Update (19th August): The official website has changed the release date of the DVD to the 03rd of September.