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The film’s production company, Louis Pictures, has announced that the casting for the film, tentatively titled ‘Inrang’ has been completed, with Gang Dong-won, Han Hyo-joo, Jung Woo-sung, Kim Moo-yeol, Han Ye-ri and Huh Joon-ho set to take up important roles.
The film is based on the acclaimed animated thriller from 1999, Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade, an adaptation of the Kerberos saga manga by Japanese master Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell). The original story, set in an alternate Post-wwii Japan, will be adapted to a Korean context.
Set in the near future, where North and South Korea have announced their reunification after a preparation period of seven years, the film will feature an anti-reunification terrorist sect, a counter-terrorism »
- Arnav Sinha
Exclusive: Gang Dong-won, Han Hyo-joo and Jung Woo-sung confirmed to star in sci-fi actioner.
Hit Korean director Kim Jee-woon - who has been a regular at top festivals like Venice and Cannes with titles such as The Age Of Shadows and The Good, The Bad, The Weird - has locked a top flight cast and is set to start production next month on sci-fi action thriller In-Rang (tentative title).
Based on the Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade franchise’s original written by animation master Mamoru Oshii (Ghost In The Shell), Kim’s live action Korean version will star Gang Dong-won (Master), Han Hyo-joo (Cold Eyes) and Jung Woo-sung (Asura: The City Of Madness).
Taking place in the near future where North and South Korea have announced they will reunify after a preparation period of seven years, an anti-reunification terrorist sect, a special police forces unit set up to counter them, and a powerful »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jean Noh)
This summer, Arrow Video will take viewers back into Herbert West's lab with a limited edition Us Blu-ray of Stuart Gordon's Lovecraft adaptation Re-Animator, featuring two discs and 4K restorations of both the unrated and standard cuts of the horror comedy.
Other July releases from Arrow include the previously postponed Blu-ray of Pulse (2001) in the Us and UK, a UK-only Blu-ray release of Psycho II, as well as new books exploring the respective legacies of The Blair Witch Project and Ghost in the Shell (1995). You can view all of the upcoming items below, and stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates.
From Arrow Video: "Now over to our only Us only title this month…
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Release Dates: 25 July »
- Derek Anderson
Its opening positions “Ghost” to be neither a thumping success, nor a thudding failure. “Sing” scored $2.8 million from 236,000 admissions on Saturday and Sunday. That lifted its cumulative total to $36 million for distributor Toho-Towa. “Moana” ranked second in admissions (with 187,000) and third by revenue with $2.25 million.
“Ghost” scored $2.5 million from 171,000 admissions over the comparable Saturday and Sunday weekend. And, with a Friday outing through Towa Pictures, it achieved $3.3 million in three days.
The so-called whitewashing controversy caused barely a ripple in Japan, where social media opined that no Japanese actress could have carried the role. Mamoru Oshii, who directed the original “Ghost,” voiced support of the casting of Scarlett Johansson, even though she is not a particularly significant box office draw in Japan. »
- Mark Schilling
While Scarlett Johansson’s casting and dim reviews drowned “Ghost in the Shell” in negative publicity in the United States, the live-action remake of Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 anime film was much better received in the source material’s country-of-origin, Japan. In its opening weekend across the Pacific, “Ghost in the Shell” grossed $3.2 million from 611 screens and currently has a 3.55 user rating on Yahoo Movies Japan. Both totals are higher than those of Oshii’s original film, which made $2.3 million in its opening weekend and holds a 3.2 rating on Yahoo Japan. Meanwhile, in China, the film took in a $21.4 »
- Jeremy Fuster
Rupert Sanders’ “Ghost in the Shell” has gotten its share of controversy and poor reviews. Now, Paramount’s live-action adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s 1989 beloved manga has gotten the “Critics Are Raving” treatment.
Read More: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Box Office Was Hurt by Whitewashing Controversy and Poor Reviews, Says Paramount Executive
From the whitewashing controversy ignited by the casting of Scarlett Johansson to play the lead in adaptation of the classic Japanese anime series, to the film’s similarities to “The Matrix,” the “Critics Are Raving” trailer by ScreenCrush gathers some of the most negative critical reactions to the film, which was released in theaters in the U.S. on March 31. The trailer features clips from the film’s previously released trailers.
Read More: 7 Classic Anime That Hollywood Should Remake After ‘Ghost in the Shell’ (And One That They Really Need to Leave Alone)
Shirow’s iconic manga series »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Rupert Sanders’ controversial (in some circles) adaptation of Ghost in the Shell has received its fair share of good reviews in the West [read our review here], despite the ‘white-washing’ claims hanging over it. However, it hasn’t connected with audiences domestically. Its opening weekend of $19 million was very disappointing considering its $110 million budget, and the audience dropped 60% in week two. Ghost in the Shell is doing better internationally ($92 million at the time of writing), and the film has now opened in its original home country of Japan where its being received very favourably.
Yahoo! Movies Japan rated the movie 3.5, praising the film’s visuals but not so much its story. The Hollywood Reporter spoke to some Japanese audience members who echoed that statement.
“It looked really cool and I really enjoyed it. They didn’t just try and copy the original, »
- Luke Owen
A new video painstakingly recreates shots from the anime in the real world.
Is it too late to talk about the utter shitshow that is the live-action remake of Ghost in the Shell? What’s that? Oh, it is? Dead horse, you say. All right, well, how about I talk about the original, beloved anime version? Specifically how well it captured the reality of Hong Kong as a place and a character.
A pause: before you start angry tweeting me, I know Ghost in the Shell is a Japanese film set in Japan, but when making the film, director Mamoru Oshii used Hong Kong as his visual inspiration for the fictional city of Niihama, even going so far as to recreate actual landmarks. So we cool? Okay.
- H. Perry Horton
Tokyo – Not downhearted by the lackluster global response to Paramount’s live action adaptation of its cult animation, leading Japanese cartoon firm Production I.G. is to produce a new “Ghost In the Shell” anime.
The directors are Kenji Kamiyama, who has worked on several installments of the “Ghost in the Shell” Sf franchise, and Shinji Aramaki, whose credits include the “Appleseed” and “Evangelion” Sf series.
Production I.G. was stingy with details on the new project, including whether it will be released as a theatrical feature, a television series or in some other format. The title and date of release are also yet to be announced.
Originally conceived by manga artist Masamune Shirow, the “Ghost In the Shell” franchise has, since the first publication of the comic in 1989, generated animated feature films, TV series, games, novel and original video animations (OVAs.)
- Mark Schilling
Ryan Lambie Apr 4, 2017
"We're not remaking, we're reimagining alongside you." That was how director Rupert Sanders pitched his live action version of the 90s manga and anime to a crowd of journalists, bloggers and anime fans at an event in Tokyo last year. Taking in a small exhibition of props, a Q&A, preview footage and pounding industrial live music, the event was, perhaps, an attempt to change the public discourse surrounding a controversial movie.
Aside from the inevitable suspicion surrounding a Hollywood version of a cult Japanese property, there was also the more damaging accusation of whitewashing. Scarlett Johansson was, after all, taking on the role »
The reviews are in on Ghost in the Shell and I would say that so far they’ve been outstanding. Many people are saying the film redefines animé and that an entirely new genre of film has arrived. And for those who don’t realize this yet, the new Scarlett Johansson starred feature is based on and completely modeled after the classic 1995 movie of the same name. The 1995 film was directed by Mamoru Oshii and based on a manga series by Masamune Shirow, and was considered a masterpiece. Its influence was far-reaching – most notably on The Matrix. Despite the
That Time Siskel & Ebert Reviewed Ghost in the Shell in 1995 »
- Nat Berman
2 April 2017 6:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Over 20 years ago, director Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell was a groundbreaking animated adaptation of the popular manga series and a post-cyberpunk, existentialist projection of a possible future, one dominated by the use of artificial intelligence, terrorism, cyber-criminals and cyborgs. In 1995, these ideas weren't just innovative, they were bold speculations of the future, creating a compelling, fully fleshed-out world jam-packed with complicated philosophical and cultural implications. Ghost in the Shell embraced these ideas, tackling them head on, but despite its innovation, the film had trouble finding an audience of theatergoers, DVD customers and critics alike.
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- Dan Gvozden
This Hollywood remake of the 90s anime classic pays tribute to the original while broadening its appeal. And it looks fantastic…
How do you improve on one of the greatest anime films ever made? The groundbreaking 1995 original Ghost in the Shell, directed by Mamoru Oshii and based on a manga series by Masamune Shirow, was a masterpiece. Its influence was far-reaching – most notably on The Matrix. But Ghost in the Shell was a challenging watch. For every shot of a generously breasted naked cyborg plummeting from the top of a building, there was a scene in which characters grappled with knotty philosophical questions. What is the nature of identity when the brain is souped up with cyber-implants and the soul is reduced to a series of electrical impulses? (Incidentally, the question of why a cyborg would need a gigantic pair of knockers in the first place was left unanswered.)
- Wendy Ide
It’s a new world, one where cybernetic enhancements are the norm to aid people in everything from vision and movement to the quicker absorption of alcohol, and Major Killian (Scarlett Johansson) is the shiniest toy on the shelf. While others are human with electronic additions, she’s a human brain inside a synthetic shell. A terrorist attack one year earlier left her body ravaged, but thanks to the work of Hanka Robotics and Dr. Ouelet (Juliette Binoche) Major is now a top agent with the city’s anti-terrorist unit.
Her latest assignment sees her tracking a mysterious threat named Kuze (Michael Pitt) whose digital wizardry and armed goon squads have led to the murder of several Hanka executives and scientists. The closer she gets to him though the closer she gets to a »
- Rob Hunter
That’s right. We’re going to talk about the W word today. Again. Yes, I know. You’re sick of hearing about it, and so am I. But when dealing with a property so embedded in Japanese culture, it’s impossible to overlook it completely. And it’s even more impossible to overlook after the movie itself drew attention to its own controversy over the course of its runtime.
Ghost in the Shell is a film that has been mired in controversy practically from its inception. I don't envy the amount of scrutiny that is being thrown at those involved by people like me. All the same, that doesn't keep this from being a real issue, and one that warrants a real discussion.
So here we go. We're about to take a dive into the wonderful world of whitewashing.
If you’ve somehow managed to avoid any word on this controversy, »
- Joseph Medina
Although Rupert Sanders’ remake has been slammed for its controversial casting of Scarlett Johansson in the film’s (originally Japanese) headlining role, critics have begun to roll out their reviews — and the consensus looks like something of a mixed bag. The VFX masterminds behind the film’s composite, techno-metropolis backdrop are praised for their aesthetic prowess, which pays homage to Mamoru Oshii’s animated adaptations in the mid-90s. But, despite its glossy veneer, it seems as though this iteration of a long-established series has, ironically, been whittled down to a shell of its original spirit. To this end, reviews credit the film’s exhaustive cultural overhaul, but have mixed reactions to Johansson’s performance. See what reviewers have to below.
Variety‘s Guy Lodge
- Emily Mae Czachor
The new live action adaptation of “Ghost in the Shell” has been surrounded in controversy, from its original production announcement being met with confusion as to why such a beloved anime film needed to be remade, to the infamous casting of Scarlett Johansson in the lead role. But just how did the film turn out? It doesn’t appear to be as bad as many feared it would be, but it still seems to be a mixed bag among critics.
IndieWire’s Mike McCahill gave the film a B-, stating that while the film is “the shiniest of kit,” it ultimately proves to be more style than substance, explaining that director Rupert Sanders “is becoming increasingly adept at framing the kind of images any 14-year-old would deem cool.”
Justin Chang of the Los »
- Michael Gonzalez
Thoughts on, and a place to discuss, the plot points we can’t reveal in our review.
Scarlett Johansson doesn’t look like Mamoru Oshii’s version of Maj. Motoko Kusanagi; that character is tall and blue-eyed, and Johansson is neither. Of course, we can break out the anthropometric calipers and go through Oshii’s Ghost In The Shell frame by frame in order to analyze her brow ridges, nasal aperture, and zygomas (are they projecting or receding?) with the help of some antique German science books that will surely settle the question of whether her features are more Caucasoid than not. Or we can accept that her outward appearance is that of a feminine cyborg body drawn in an art style that doesn’t always lend itself to social constructs of race that vary from country to country and is also the product of a popular arts culture with »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Check out these essentials even if you don’t catch the new movie.
Another week, another live-action remake of an animated classic. Well, you could argue that most of Ghost in the Shell isn’t really live action, since there’s so much that’s CG. You could also say it’s not a remake so much as a new adaptation of a Japanese comic book. Regardless, a lot of it is a pretty faithful copy, so a good percentage of this week’s list of Movies to Watch could apply to the manga or the anime versions of the story (I’m making it a given that you should see the original). That’s good for any of you boycotting the new movie due to its whitewashing controversy.
These 12 titles are worth seeing either way:
Despite being a cheap, cheesy sci-fi B movie, this is a significant work for being possibly »
- Christopher Campbell
It was always only a matter of time until modern Hollywood resigned itself to remaking anime. Which isn’t to suggest that the uniquely Japanese medium is somehow unworthy of being used as fodder for Western blockbusters — on the contrary, anime has provided some of the most progressive, adventurous, and visionary filmmaking of the last 30 years — but rather to acknowledge the palpable whiff of inevitability with which Paramount is releasing “Ghost in the Shell.”
It’s not like studio executives are obsessive fans of the franchise, it’s not like former Paramount CEO Brad Grey bought every new DVD of “Stand Alone Complex” as it was released in the United States and can walk you through every detail of the Laughing Man case, it’s not like the people in power were just patiently waiting for the entertainment climate to warm up to the idea of a star-studded Major Kusanagi »
- David Ehrlich
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