While the future of the live-action film adaptation of Sui Ishida's dark fantasy manga series Tokyo Ghoul has become uncertain due to Fumika Shimizu's sudden announcement of her retirement, the manga author has posted an illustration of her character in the film, Touka Kirishima, on his official Twiter with a mysterious line, "I trust your message." The title of the tweet is "The O.K. Corral 1."
As reported, the 22-year-old actress has decided to end her career as a professional actress and has been requesting her agency to terminate her contract with them, because she wants to enter the priesthood of a Tokyo-based religious group.
Saying nothing directly, just before posting the Touka art, Ishida retweeted a post by Japanese journalist/interviewer Go Yoshida saying, "When a trouble happens, people tend to judge it as 'Which is right?'. But I think there are cases that both are right, or both are wrong."
Meanwhile, it is confirmed that Shimizu joined the filming of Masafumi Nishida-directed film Dorobou
Yakusha (Theif Actor) in its first seven days, from January 26 to February 3, then has gone missing.
The producer of the film announced that her character in the film is replaced by 24-year-old Anna
Ishibashi and they will reshoot the scenes that were already filmed with Shimizu. Estimated damage
caused by her walkout is reportedly tens of millions of yen.
The official website for the Tokyo Ghoul live-action film posted an official statement, "We will keep
watching closely how the situation develops and discuss with the parties concerned." So far there has
been no comments on the possibility of reshoots by other actress. The film is still set for a release in
Japan on July 29.
"Tokyo Ghoul" film's main visual featuring Fumika Shimizu as Touka Kirishima
© Sui Ishida/Shueisha
© "Tokyo Ghoul" Production Committee