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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 8 August 1951Tokyo, Japan

Mini Bio (1)

Mamoru Oshii was born on August 8, 1951 in Tokyo, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Ghost in the Shell (1995), Urusei yatsura (1981) and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004).

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Always includes a basset hound whenever possible in each of his movies. He owns a Basset himself, and is a fan of the breed.
Fequently features a usage of guns in his movies, specifically the Mauser C96 firearm.
[Biblical quote] A conversation with one character mentioning the Bible, God, or the meaning of life.
Always works with composer 'Kenji Kawai'.
Uses a motif of reflections/mirrors and flocks of birds.

Trivia (7)

Always includes a basset hound whenever possible in each of his movies. He owns a Basset himself, and is a fan of the breed.
He is a member of "Headgear," a group of anime/manga writers and artists. The group was set up so that all the creators could retain full copyright to their work, achieve greater publicity for their work and sell their manga to anime sponsors for film production., it comprises of Oshii, Masami Yûki, Yutaka Izubuchi, Kazunori Ito, Akemi Takada, Kenji Kawai, Naoyuki Yoshinaga, Fumihiko Takayama, Kenji Kamiyama, and Miki Tori.
Trained, as a youth, in a Christian seminary for the priesthood in Japan. However, while he was there, something happened (which he refuses to discuss publicly) that shattered his religious leanings. He remains fascinated by Christianity, however, and often alludes to the Bible in his films. There is some debate among his fans about whether Angel's Egg (1985) is an allegory for his loss of faith.
One of the co-founders of Studio Ghibli along with Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata but left over creative differences. Despite their differences, Toshio Suzuki and Studio Ghibli would later help Oshii with his production of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002).Oshii maintains skeptical, but respectful, views of each of Takahata and Miyazaki's films; he has been critical of Miyazaki's attitude towards his workers, but also claims that he would feel "strangely empty" and "it would be boring" if both Miyazaki and Takahata stopped making films.
Oshii has stated his approach to directing is regarding the visuals as the most important aspect, followed by the story and the characters afterwards.
He has worked on three animes: Urusei Yatsura, Patlabor and Ghost in the Shell; the former was an outright comedy and the latter two were drama shows but were fairly comedic. Oshii adapted these into films; he strayed from the source material by removing their comedy and giving them a darker atmosphere, which was a point of controversy for some fans ("Urusei Yatsura" creator Rumiko Takahashi was particularly upset with what he'd done with her story).
According to Oshii, "Kenji Kawai's music is responsible for 50 percent of [his] films' successes" and he "can't do anything without [Kenji Kawai].".

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