11 items from 2016
Ryan Lambie Sep 22, 2016
Masamune Shirow's Ghost In The Shell manga may be over 25 years old now, but the cyberpunk fable still looks as futuristic as ever. Likewise Mamoru Oshii's feature-length anime, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year; stylish and intelligently written, it still ranks as one of the best animated films to hail from Japan.
Next year, Ghost In The Shell heads to Hollywood for a live-action adaptation, which stars Scarlett Johansson as a cybernetic law-enforcer fighting hackers and futuristic criminals in the mid-21st century.
The look of the film's been kept under wraps until now, but Paramount has finally released a handful of 10-second teasers which give us our first glimpse of director Rupert Sanders' take. We get brief shots of Takeshi Kitano as Chief Daisuke Aramaki, »
Production I.G. has shared a behind-the-scenes photo from the set of the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie, which sees director Rupert Sanders and star Scarlett Johansson joined by Mamoru Oshii (director of the original anime), Adrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws, a.k.a. Tricky, Kenji Kamiyama (director of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) and composer Kenji Kawai…
Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “Ghost In The Shell” follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.
- Gary Collinson
Back in April, fans got their first look at Scarlett Johansson on the set of Ghost in the Shell, as production began in New Zealand. The image raised quite a bit of controversy, with fans calling out the production for casting Scarlett Johansson as Kusanagi, a character portrayed in the original manga as a Japanese woman. While the controversy has died down somewhat in the months that followed, production still continues, and today we have a new look at the actress in costume, along with director Rupert Sanders.
The photo comes from Production I.G's Twitter, which features the actress and director alongside Mamoru Oshii, Kenji Jamiyama, and Kenji Kawaii. Production I.G. is the production company behind several of the previous Ghost in the Shell adaptations, with Mamoru Oshii directing the animated adaptations Ghost in the Shell, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence and Ghost in the Shell 2.0, all of »
If you've been anywhere near a computer or a smart device in the last few years, you've heard about the hot button issue that is "Hollywood Whitewashing." It's been a buzzing trend a lot lately, and the latest project to draw the ire of the people who care about that sort of thing is Ghost In The Shell. Based on the Japanese manga by the same name, the film is set to star the very caucasian Scarlett Johansson, and people. are. Pissed.
Perhaps in a bit of ingenious damage control, the crew behind this new live-action Ghost In The Shell recently called in some giants from the property's past to help smooth things over. Production I.G. recently tweeted a photo that revealed that Mamoru Oshii, Kenji Kamiyama, and Kenji Kawaii had all visited the Hong Kong set of Ghost In The Shell. Oshii directed a revered trilogy of animated film based on the manga, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
A pair of behind-the-scenes photos have popped up on social media accounts in the past week for several major films in production. The first is a shot of director Ron Howard, actor Idris Elba and director Nikolaj Arcel taking a break between filming scenes in New York City on the film adaptation of Stephen King's fantasy novel saga "The Dark Tower".
The second is a shot of Scarlett Johansson along with director Rupert Sanders, musician Tricky, original anime director Mamoru Oshii, and 'Stand Alone Complex' series director Kenji Kamiyama together on the set of the live-action "Ghost in the Shell" remake. The project, based on the classic anime, has been shooting in New Zealand for sometime now.
I joined @idriselba & director Nikolaj Arcel in #NYC for #DarkTowerMovie production Dream Team 4 a Dream Project pic.twitter.com/X3REnQDf7b
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July 2, 2016
Thanks to the Gits cast&crew for having M. »
- Garth Franklin
With Ghost in the Shell now deep into production, those initial reports of whitewashing are starting to rear their ugly head again. It’s an understandable concern, and one that we’re not totally dismissing, but Scarlett Johansson is a tremendous talent and we’re still excited to see her in the role.
Plus, let’s not judge a book by its cover. From everything we’ve heard so far, the filmmakers understand what’s at stake here and as of right now, it sounds like they’re intent on pleasing fans of the beloved series in any way that they can.
Up until now, all we’ve seen from Ghost in the Shell are set photos, but today brings us a new Bts image of Johansson, director Rupert Sanders, an unknown actor, Mamoru Oshii (who directed the 1995 version of Ghost in the Shell), Kenji Kamiyama (who helmed both seasons »
- Mark Cassidy
Thanks to the Gits cast&crew for having M.Oshii, K.Kawai, K.Kamiyama on set & for their respect towards their work. pic.twitter.com/HYpq7pKb1Z — Production I.G (@ProductionIGinc) June 27, 2016 The image above features Rupert Sanders and Scarlett Johansson (plus an unknown actor) greeting three anime legends on the set of Ghost in the Shell. Mamoru Oshii directed the origianl 1995 Ghost in the Shell film, Kenji Kamiyama directed both seasons of the Stand Alone Complex anime series and composer Kenji Kawai provided the score for both of the Ghost in the Shell films. All three have greatly contributed to the advancement of anime, outside of their work within the Ghost in the Shell franchise. In related a Japanese actress has joined the cast which reveals significant Spoilers concerning the origin of Scarlett Johansson's Major. For that info, head over to our sister site, AnimeMojo.com where »
This week, the first look at Scarlett Johansson in the upcoming live action anime adaptation "Ghost In The Shell" arrived, and it has fuelled a firestorm of controversy. The casting of Johansson already caused concern that Hollywood was "whitewashing" Mamoru Oshii's movie, and those worries multiplied with the first look. And Paramount and DreamWorks aren't out of hot water just yet. ScreenCrush is reporting that according to their sources, the studios tested VFX that would make that would allow filmmakers to "shift her ethnicity" in post-production toward something more Asian. Given the ongoing conversation around diversity in cinema, no to mention how poorly received the casting of the recent "Gods Of Egypt" was received (to the point where Lionsgate and director Alex Proyas apologized months before the film was released), the lack of awareness by the studio is a bit galling. However, in a statement issued by Paramount, they stress it. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Want a quality action film, but you only have an hour and a half? Step this way...
Looking back over the genre, action films definitely haven’t suffered from the trend to make everything longer. They’ve always been pretty long, regularly clocking in at over two hours. Perhaps because of all the slo-mo? But while the sweet spot for action classics seems to be the 100-110 minute mark, there are those that have cut the genre right down to basics, and succeeded all the more for it.
Below is my pick of 25 great action films 90 minutes or under. Even more so than other genres, action crosses many other films - picking a pure ‘action’ flick is all but impossible. So below I’ve chosen films that retain action sequences as their main narrative device, and keep the action at the heart of the movie, rather than as a extra. »
The live action Hollywood film is an adaptation of the iconic Japanese anime film originally directed by Mamoru Oshii.
Kitano will play Daisuke Aramaki, chief of Public Security Section 9 — and boss of the cyborg cop heroine played by Scarlett Johansson.
Directed by Rupert Sanders, the live-action “Ghost in the Shell” has been slated by fans and commentators for its non-Japanese/non-Asian casting choices, so the inclusion of Kitano, well known abroad for his award-winning films and powerful performances, usually as a gangster or cop, may calm, if not still, such criticism.
Kitano is one of Japan’s top directors and one of the country’s best known actors and comedians. He usually performs under the name Beat Takeshi.
The “Ghost” role follow his recent lead performance in the Wayne Wang erotic drama “While the Women Are Sleeping, »
- Mark Schilling
On February 24 Netflix and Production I.G. announced that the new anime series titled “Perfect Bones” will screen exclusively on the Internet channel and will debut simulataneously in 190 countries around the world.
Directed by Kazuto Nakazawa, the 12-episode series is set in the future where scientists have tried to create the “perfect human” in hopes of keeping peace in the universe. After nearly achieving their goal through several children, the scientists send their “new humans” for further training where they are kidnapped by an evil organization set on using their powers to implement their own concept of a new world order.
“We are incredibly excited to work with Production I.G, who have worked on hit series such as Attack on Titan and Psycho-Pass, in bringing one of the most daring new Anime titles produced today to all Netflix members and Anime fans around the world,” said Erik Barmack, vice president, »
- Panos Kotzathanasis
11 items from 2016
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