The highly awaited live action adaptation of massively popular anime phenomenon Shingeki no Kyojin has revealed Hashima Island as one of its prime filming locations, now rather famously known as Battleship Island (“Gunkan-jima”) for its ruinous silhouette, along with svelte star Haruma Miura as oEren Yeager.
The mining town, distinguished for being packed onto a tiny island, was abandoned in the seventies and since accrued some fame as a premier urban exploration tourist venue, eventually winding up in the James Bond movie Skyfall.
How much of the movie will be set on the island – which is some what at odds with the period and visual design of the original work – is not clear.
The obligatory images of the increasingly less than abandoned island:
Vengeful protagonist Eren Yeager’s live action equivalent has been determined to be none other than Haruma Miura, an actor and J-pop star known for appearances in such classics as Crows Zero II, Gokusen, Kimi ni Todoke and Bloody Monday.
The Shingeki no Kyojin movie is slated for a 2015 release – though yet there is still no further information regarding a 2nd season, probably the main priority of fans.