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5 Ways ‘Blade Runner’ Changed the Look of Sci-Fi Forever

3 October 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Over the last 50 years of filmmaking, there are very few films that have influenced modern filmmaking like Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner.” Unlike other landmark films that changed Hollywood – ranging from “Easy Rider to “Jaws” – Ridley Scott’s 1982 film was a box office disappointment. Of course, the lasting impact of “Blade Runner” was also quite different than these films that became instant cultural phenomenons.

“‘Blade Runner’ is simply one of those cinematic drugs, that when I first saw it, I never saw the world the same way again,” said Guillermo del Toro told one interviewer, when describing why “Blade Runner” was one of his five favorite films of all-time.

Del Toro wasn’t alone. For a whole generation of filmmakers – including the cinematographers, productions designers and visual effects artists – a direct line can be drawn between “Blade Runner” and the imagery of modern sci-fi movie. In the 35 years in which »

- Chris O'Falt

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Pretty Packaging: The French Ghost In The Shell: Stand-alone Complex Boxset Looks Ace

14 September 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

My fandom of (slash obsession with) Mamoru Oshii's adaptation of Ghost in the Shell is not exactly a secret here at Screen Anarchy (cough), so it will probably not come as a surprise when I say that I like Kamiyama Kenji's anime series Ghost in the Shell: Stand-Alone Complex a lot, both seasons of it. Scripted for a large part by Oshii himself, the series was a more action driven take on the source material, while its length as a series allowed for more character development in the supporting roles. The series ran from 2002 till 2005 and can Still be considered one of the best anime ever released, and still far ahead of most recent output. As such, you might expect this title to...

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Graphic Nature: JenoLab on Creating the Super Castlevania IV Vinyl Score Artwork for Mondo & Konami Kukeiha Club

21 August 2017 5:18 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Often regarded as the pinnacle of the franchise, Super Castlevania IV is the classic tale of vampire hunter Simon Belmont stalking Transylvania’s dark and undead overlord. As well as being infinitely playable, Super Castlevania IV is renowned for its beautiful soundtrack featuring compositions and arrangements by the Konami Kukeiha Club that were well beyond anything heard on a Nintendo system before. With Mondo pressing the 16-bit sounds to 180-gram vinyl, the label sought out French visual artist JenoLab to create a cover art that packs more bite than Dracula himself.

With a catalogue of delicious digital dreamscapes under the belt, it was only a matter of time before JenoLab would be headhunted for a cover art contract.

“Mondo sent me an e-mail after finding my art portfolio on the internet” JenoLab explains. “They asked me if I would be interested in illustrating the score for Super Castlevania IV, to which I agreed. »

- Sam Hart

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Star-studded Cast Announced For Next Kim Jee-woon Film

18 July 2017 9:45 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

After the 2016 blockbuster The Age of Shadows, director Kim Jee-woon has assembled another top flight cast for his next film, a sci-fi action film based on a 1999 Japanese anime.

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

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'The Good, The Bad, The Weird' director Kim Jee-woon sets cast, shoot date for new sci-fi

17 July 2017 8:23 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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 »

- (Jean Noh)

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Arrow Video’s July Releases Include Re-animator 4K Restoration Limited Edition Blu-ray

21 April 2017 11:33 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

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…

Us Title: Re-Animator (Blu-ray) Limited Edition

Stuart Gordon’s enduring splatter-comedy classic Re-Animator returns to Blu-ray in a stunning restoration packed with special features!

Pre-order now:

Release Dates: 25 July »

- Derek Anderson

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Japan Box Office: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Opens Behind ‘Sing’

10 April 2017 9:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo – “Sing” topped the Japanese box office chart for the fourth successive weekend, while “Ghost in the Shell,” Paramount’s live action adaptation of a Japanese anime, opened modestly in behind.

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

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‘Ghost in the Shell’ Gets Thumbs Up in Japan, But is Still in Box Office Trouble

10 April 2017 5:08 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

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‘Ghost in the Shell’ Trailer Parody Lampoons the Film’s Controversial Reception — Watch

10 April 2017 12:21 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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

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Japanese audiences praise Ghost in the Shell remake and are happy with Scarlett Johansson’s casting

10 April 2017 4:18 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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.

See Also: Early Ghost in the Shell concept art featuring Margot Robbie as The Major

“It looked really cool and I really enjoyed it. They didn’t just try and copy the original, »

- Luke Owen

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Dueling Metropoles: Comparing Niihama from Oshii’s ‘Ghost in the Shell’ with Hong Kong

7 April 2017 2:01 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

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.

In future-set dystopic films like GitS, environment is everything. Blade Runner, Children of Men, even Brazil — all these films like GitS don’t have a fraction of their base emotional »

- H. Perry Horton

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‘Ghost in the Shell’ Is Getting a New Anime

7 April 2017 3:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.)

The live-action film, directed by Rupert Sanders and starring Scarlett Johansson, »

- Mark Schilling

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Ghost In The Shell: examining its opening weekend

3 April 2017 5:38 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Apr 4, 2017

Boss Baby soared and the glossy Ghost In The Shell faltered. So what happened? Ryan takes a look...

"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.

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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 »

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That Time Siskel & Ebert Reviewed Ghost in the Shell in 1995

2 April 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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

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'Ghost in the Shell': These Movies Stole Its Thunder Years Ago

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

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Ghost in the Shell review – Scarlett Johansson in a thrillingly sordid world

2 April 2017 12:05 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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.)

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- Wendy Ide

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Review — ‘Ghost In the Shell’ Is Pretty Except When It’s Not

1 April 2017 7:24 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Ghost In the Shell’ Is Pretty Except When It’s NotEye-catching designs and an intriguing performance by Scarlett Johansson aren’t quite enough.

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

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How Ghost In The Shell Made Its Own Whitewashing Controversy Even Worse

31 March 2017 4:54 PM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online news »

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. 

The Controversy

If you’ve somehow managed to avoid any word on this controversy, »

- Joseph Medina

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‘Ghost in the Shell’ Review Roundup: What the Critics Are Saying

31 March 2017 2:22 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ghost in the Shell” — the polychromatic, Westernized live-action reboot of Masamune Shirow’s cult manga series of the same name — opens wide this weekend.

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

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- Emily Mae Czachor

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‘Ghost in the Shell’ Review Roundup: Critics Delve Into the Empty Spectacle

31 March 2017 2:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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.”

Read More: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Review: Scarlett Johansson Stars in a Dazzling Reboot That Lacks Character

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- Michael Gonzalez

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