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Lucca – Thousands of geeks from Italy and abroad poured into the medieval Tuscan town of Lucca over the weekend for the Lucca Comics & Games fest/convention which served as a platform to promote several hot upcoming U.S. titles, including “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “The Peanuts Movie,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2,” and “The Hateful Eight.”
This unique event dedicated to fandom, cosplay, role-playing games and the entire cross-media universe of comics is increasingly becoming an integral part of the Hollywood studios’ promotional push in Europe, ever since its “Area Cinema” section started five years ago. Ticket sales totalled at least 180,000 for the four day meet, though figures are not final.
Disney disappointed legions of “Star Wars” fans who had been promised a “big unexpected surprise.” They waited in line for hours at dusk Saturday merely to be shown Kylo Ren’s new crossguard lightsaber, more-than-sixteen feet tall, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Back in 1989, a young Masamune Shirow was advised to rename his seinen manga from ‘Ghost in the Shell’ to ‘Kōkaku Kidōtai’ in order for it to be published by Young Magazine. Even though ‘Mobile armoured riot police’ wasn’t as catchy as Shirow’s original title, the series was soon picked up by Kodansha to be published as it’s own series.
Thus had began the journey towards a cult following like no other, inspiring subsequent movies and TV shows, several more manga instalments and games, and also influencing one of the biggest Hollywood trilogies of all time.
Most of the fans, who are part of this following, will be connected through their love of the 1995 film directed by the now legendary Mamoru Oshii, who so beautifully brought Section 9 and the future that they inhabit to the silver screen, and most importantly, brought to life the indisputably brilliant Major Motoko Kusanagi. »
- Emilia Brown
It’s time to get your nerd on. You ready? Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 sci-fi “Ghost in the Shell” is often considered one of the best anime films of all time. For those who haven’t seen it, the film is about a female cyborg police officer in the (now much nearer) future who goes after a mysterious and dangerous hacker. The notion of identity plays a key role in the film, resounding as one of its primary themes. In the most recent addition to their “Understanding Art Case Study” video series, Nerd Writer drew an interesting correlation between identity and space (not as in outer space, but physical environment). Nerd Writer explains, “There’s a 3-minute and 20-ish second long scene in the middle of the animated, sci-fi action thriller ‘Ghost in the Shell’ that doesn’t really qualify as sci-fi, action, or thriller. It’s a sequence of 34 gorgeous, »
- Zach Hollwedel
Norman England started his career in the show business as a guitar and keyboard player for the New York based band Proper iD. In 1993 he moved permanently to Japan, where he began working as a journalist. In 1998 he spent a week on the set of George A. Romero’s TV commercial for the video game Resident Evil 2 and in 1999 became the Japan correspondent for Fangoria, a U.S magazine dedicated to horror, splatter and exploitation movies. As a journalist he has worked for a variety of magazines such as Hobby Japan, Japanzine, Flix, Japanese Giants, theJapanese Times, Eiga Hiho, e.t.c.
Since 1999, he has visited over 35 film sets in Japan, including The Grudge, Gamera 3 and the entire Godzilla Millennium series, with an extended stay for Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah, where he visited the set almost continuously from April to October of 2000.
With Asami and Rina Takeuchi
He has »
- Panos Kotzathanasis
30. Lady Snowblood Part 1 and Part 2
While American comic books have struggled for legitimacy as adult entertainment for decades, their Japanese counterparts have long enjoyed acceptance as legitimate elements of mainstream culture. So while the American comic book movie only properly took off in the last fifteen years, jidaigeki adaptations of popular manga have been a staple of Japanese pulp cinema since the early 1970s. The best of these remains Lady Snowblood, director Toshiya Fujita’s two part revenge opera of a woman checking off a kill list of the gangsters who killed her family and left her for dead. Any familiarity to Kill Bill is entirely intentional, with multiple visuals, soundtrack elements and plot points lifted whole cloth by Tarantino. But even for those only familiar with the update, Fujita’s films remain feats of hard edged efficiency, actress Meiko Kaji a goddess of death in a world of opposing colors and sudden violence. »
Anime goes live action, whereby the real apes the artificial apeing the real, making for some overly art-directed oddness
It turns out it is possible to go beyond the “uncanny valley” – that phenomenon whereby something looks a little bit off kilter in CGI re-creations of human faces. Anime veteran Mamoru Oshii moves fully into live action for his latest feature The Next Generation Patlabor: Tokyo War, and uncovers a new realm of oddness: the real, apeing the artificial that aped the real.
Every hair flick, lighting flare and camera angle is just as rigorously stylised and rhetorical as in Ghost in the Shell, the groundbreaking 1995 feature that made his name, and the result is often laughably forced. Characters make bizarrely slow movements into flattering lighting, or hold lengthy dialogue scenes back-to-back on opposite sides of chain-link fencing without ever looking at each other. This might work in hyper-cool anime, but »
- Phil Hoad
Arc Entertainment have acquired the North American rights for Mamoru Oshii's action sci-fi thriller Garm Wars: The Last Druid. They plan to release the film in cinemas and on VOD on October 2nd. The planet Annwn, inhabited by the Garm, is engaged in perpetual warfare among three tribes. One Columba fighter pilot, Khara (St-Pierre), embarks on a quest with an unlikely trio: Kumtak tribal elder Wydd (Henriksen), a sacred dog Gula, and one of the last remaining mystical Druids from a long forgotten time. A Briga soldier, Skellig (Durand), accompanies the small band after forging an uneasy truce with Khara. As they struggle across the land in the search for answers to their existence, they encounter raging storms, fierce giants, and mechanical mayhem. They survive these...
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Arc Entertainment has acquired Us rights to the action-sci-fi thriller Garm Wars: The Last Druid. Directed by Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell) and co-written by Geoffrey Gunn (Siren), the film stars newcomer Melanie St-Pierre (Barney’s Version), Kevin Durand (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Lance Henriksen (Aliens). Arc Entertainment will be releasing the film in-theaters and on VOD on October 2, 2015. The deal was announced today by Arc Entertainment’s ...
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Two new clips have been revealed for a favorite of SXSW, Turbo Kid. Also in this morning's round-up: U.S. distribution for Garm Wars: The Last Druid, release details for Unnatural, and the Rebound premiere at The Downtown Independent.
"In a post-apocalyptic future a young solitary scavenger obsessed with comic books must face his fears and become a reluctant hero when he meets a mysterious girl. From horror masterminds Ant Timpson (The ABCs Of Death 1 & 2, Housebound) and Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun)."
- Tamika Jones
Arc Entertainment has acquired Us rights to the visually striking sci-fi thriller Garm Wars: The Last Druid, a film 15 years in the making from directed by Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell) and co-written by Geoffrey Gunn (Siren). The film stars newcomer Melanie St-Pierre (Barney’s Version), Kevin Durand (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Lance Henriksen (Aliens).
Arc Entertainment will release the film in theaters and on VOD on October 2, 2015.
“Mamoru Oshii’s creative vision shines brilliantly throughout this film, with remarkable action and special effects f [Continued ...] »
Preparing to bring one hell of an FX-driven ride to your eyes, Arc Entertainment announced today that they’ve acquired the North American rights to the Mamoru Oshii (Ghost In The Shell)-directed/Geoffrey Gunn (Siren) co-written scifi epic, Garm Wars: The Last Druid. The film, which features a pretty solid cast and quite the impressive SFX-lineup working on the visual effects, revolves around a futuristic war and a band of survivors trying to find the truth about the war and the destruction surrounding them.
Visionary director Mamoru Oshii is best known for his seminal film Ghost in the Shell, a work famously cited by the Wachowski’s as a direct influence behind their iconic film The Matrix. 15 years in the making, Garm Wars: The Last Druid »
- Jerry Smith
Mamoru Oshii’s Garm Wars: The Last Druid is coming to the United States courtesy of Arc Entertainment, and we have all your details right here. Read on for the skinny! From the Press Release Arc Entertainment has acquired Us rights… Continue Reading →
The post Garm Wars: The Last Druid Casts a Spell on the U.S. appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
The distributor has picked up Us rights to Mamoru Oshii’s sci-fi and plans an October 2 day-and-date theatrical and VOD launch.
Garm Wars: The Last Druid centres on a trio of adventurers from a world on the brink of collapse who set out to find the truth about their existence.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Always a film festival that prides itself on giving its audiences a hell of a lineup, filled to the brim with standout titles every year and world premieres for films that are greatly anticipated, the 2015 Fantasia Film Festival has now revealed its final lineup. Like we’ve all come to appreciate, this year is no exception, with films such as Tales Of Halloween, Ant-Man, the greatly anticipated Cop Car (which will be screened with Kevin Bacon in attendance!!) and Jeruzalem all being standout films to look out for, along with a pretty epic list of other films that are sure to leave viewers entertained and excited throughout the entire event (July 14th-August 4th).
If the full lineup wasn’t already enough to make your horror loving heads explode, the new announcement that Fanstasia will host the July 30th premiere of Cody Calahan’s sequel to 2013’s Antisocial, Antisocial 2, »
- Jerry Smith
Montreal’s genre film festival to showcase 135 features and almost 300 shorts across its three-week run from July 14-Aug 4.Scroll down for line-up
Fantasia International Film Festival has unveiled its full line-up for its upcoming 19th edition which kicks off next Tuesday [July 14].
Over its three-week run, the Montreal-based genre film festival will showcase 135 features, including 22 world, 13 international premieres and 21 North American premieres, and almost 300 short films.
Shinji Higuchi’s Attack on Titan will receive its Canadian premiere as the closing film of this year’s edition on Aug 4. The live-action film is based on Hajime Isyama’s steampunk fantasy war opera manga series.
Additional highlights of the final wave of titles include the world premieres of Malik Bader’s thriller Cash Only and Ken Ochiai’s Ninja the Monster, as well as the Canadian premiere of Jonathan Milott & Cary Murnion’s horror comedy Cooties starring Elijah Wood.
A trio of Sion Sono films will also be shown at this »
- email@example.com (Ian Sandwell)
The 19th Annual Fantasia Film Festival is only a week away, beginning July 14 and running through August 4. And as promised for today, they’ve revealed their full line-up of films screening at 2015’s festival in Montreal.
This year’s line-up boasts 22 World Premieres, 13 International Premieres, and 21 North American Premieres. Both Marvel’s Ant-Man and the animated Miss Hokusai were previously announced, but now they’ve added the much anticipated Attack on Titan movie as their closing night film. Other highlights include the Sundance darlings Cooties, starring Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson, Cop Car, starring Kevin Bacon and directed by the upcoming Spider-man director Jon Watts, and a trio of films from horror auteur Sion Sono.
See the full line-up announcement of films below via Fantasia’s Facebook page, and be sure to check out their website at fantasiafestival.com for additional information.
36 Countries, 135 Features, and Nearly 300 Short Films
- Including 22 World Premieres, »
- Brian Welk
This Friday, a brand new creature feature called Stung arrives in theaters and on VOD. The film co-stars the iconic Lance Henriksen as Mayor Caruthers, one of the unfortunate party-goers at a shindig that gets attacked by mutated killer wasps who leave shredded corpses in their wake. Daily Dead recently chatted with Henriksen about the new horror comedy from director Benni Diaz as well as his involvement in several other upcoming projects, including Harbinger Down, and whether or not he’d be up for more Millennium if all goes well with the upcoming revival of Chris Carter’s other popular series, The X-Files.
This movie is a ton of fun—I grew up on a lot of creature features, mostly due to Elvira and her show, and I thought Stung was a great blend of old-school creature campiness with this sort of new-school twist to it.
Lance Henriksen: You know, »
- Heather Wixson
Kenji Fujishima's preview of this year's New York Asian Film Festival is just one of several we've gathered so far: "Alongside the likes of its opening-night selection, Philip Yung’s Aaron Kwok-led, Christopher Doyle-lensed crime drama Port of Call, and Ghost in the Shell director Mamoru Oshii’s latest live-action film Nowhere Girl, are festival-circuit travelers like this year’s centerpiece pick, Sabu’s Chasuke’s Journey, and Sion Sono’s gangster rap musical Tokyo Tribe." But "the programmers at Subway Cinema have not forgotten the past in favor of highlighting the present, as evidenced by the inclusion in its lineup of films as recent as Tsui Hark’s 2014 3D martial-arts epic The Taking of Tiger Mountain and as vintage as Teruo Ishii’s 1965 prison drama Abashiri Prison and Kinji Fukasaku’s ultra-violent 1973 yakuza thriller Battles Without Honor and Humanity." » - David Hudson »
Stars: Bruce Willis, Ambyr Childers, Thomas Jane, Bryan Greenberg, Johnathon Schaech, Charlotte Kirk, Brett Granstaff, Ryan O’Nan, David Gordon, Colin Egglesfield, Cameron Brexler, Jesse Pruett, Tyler Jon Olson, Don Harvey, Lydia Hull | Written by Andre Fabrizio, Jeremy Passmore | Directed by Brian A. Miller
Take one part The Matrix, one part Surrogates and mix in a dash of video gmae Mirror’s Edge and you have Vice, a Cyberpunk action flick that – for older film fans like myself – plays as little more than a modern-day clone of Westworld and its sequel; which also shares a lot in common with the likes of Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell sequel Innocence.
Designed by Julian Michaels (Willis), Vice is the ultimate resort where anything goes, allowing customers to play out their wildest fantasies and fulfil their deepest, darkest desires with artificial inhabitants who look, think and feel like real humans. Things »
- Phil Wheat
Annecy— “Ghost in the Shell: the Movie,” a new feature adaptation of the hit manga comic book, has just closed major territory sales deals with France (Anime Ltd.), Italy (Dynit Srl) and Spain/Portugal (Selecta Vision).
Produced by I. G., “Ghost in the Shell: The Movie” world premieres simultaneously today Saturday June 20 at Annecy on the last day of the world biggest animation fest/mart, and in Japan, where it is distributed by Toho Company.
International sales are handled by publishing company Kodansha Ltd., who also informed Variety that it is in advanced talks to sell U.S., Germany and Asia country rights.
Manga book “Ghost in the Shell” is a reference work that rapidly became an keystone for cyberpunk sci-fiction universe. Shirow Masamune was the author of the original manga comic book that started off en endless saga of novels, TV skeins, vidgames and features.
Directed by »
- Emilio Mayorga
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