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9 items from 2014

Live-Action Patlabor Part 2 Trailer Begins Streaming

16 April 2014 3:25 AM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The first trailer for Part 2 of Mamoru Oshii's live-action Patlabor series has been released. Titled, "98-Shiki Sakidō Seyo" (Av-98, Relaunch!), Part 2 will air in Japan on May 31st. Related Content: The Live-Action Patlabor Series Releases First Trailer 'Episode 0' Of The Live-Action Patlabor Series Premieres In March Live-Action Patlabor Mini-Series To Feature Real Life Mecha Patlabor also known as Mobile Police Patlabor, is a 1988 anime and manga that centered around the special robotics force of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police as they solved various cases in a then-near-future of 1998. There have been several anime films, anime series, mangas, light novels and video games to date. The film will not be a remake of Mamoru Oshii's (Ghost in the Shell) original anime but will instead tell a completely new story. The project has been dubbed Patlabor - The Third Generation and is set in 2013, where the Tokyo Metropolitan Police force has been disbanded. »

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Marrakech sets 2014 dates

28 January 2014 12:26 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The 14th editon of the film festival set to feature a tribute to Japanese cinema.

The 14th Marrakech International Film Festival is to take place from Dec 5-13, 2014.

This year’s festival will pay tribute to Japanese cinema and will welcome a major delegation of actors, directors and producers.

It will also put the spotlight on some of the masters of Japanese filmmaking from Yasujiro Ozu to Kore-Eda Hirokazu, through Kenji Mizoguchi, Mikio Naruse, Akira Kurosawa, Nagisa Oshima, Shohei Imamura, Takeshi Kitano, Hayao Miyazaki, Shinji Aoyama, Naomi Kawaze, Kyoshi Kurosawa, Mamoru Oshii, Takashi Miike and Masaki Kobayashi. »

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Rupert Sanders to direct Hollywood remake of Ghost in the Shell

27 January 2014 7:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Steven Spielberg's Dreamworks are set to remake the seminal Japanese anime as a live-action English-language movie

Hollywood's plan for a live action English-language remake of seminal Japanese anime Ghost in the Shell has moved a step closer to reality after Snow White and the Huntsman's Rupert Sanders was hired to direct.

Steven Spielberg, a long-term fan of Mamoru Oshii's 1995 film, bought the rights to remake the 1989 manga comic upon which it is based in April 2009. However, his planned 3D movie failed to make it to the production stage. Spielberg's Dreamworks studio will oversee the revived project, which is based on a new screenplay by The Reluctant Fundamentalist's William Wheeler.

The Ghost in the Shell comic book series follows cyborg detective Major Motoko Kusanagi, team leader of a futuristic Japanese counterterrorism organisation focused on cyber-crime. Three anime films (one made-for-tv) have been based on the comic, of »

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Rupert Sanders to Direct Live-Action Ghost in the Shell

26 January 2014 8:28 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Mamoru Oshii’s breakthrough anime “Ghost in the Shell” is finally coming to America — as a live-action movie with “Snow White and the Huntsman’s” Rupert Sanders behind the camera. Or at least, that’s the plan. A live-action Hollywood version of Oshii’s 1995 movie “Ghost in the Shell” (created by Masamune Shirow) has been in the works for years now, ever since Steven Spielberg snatched up the remake rights. A writer was even assigned as early as 2009. Fast-forward to five years later, and there’s finally movement. Spielberg and his buddies at DreamWorks are said to have made a deal with Sanders to direct the film, which will chronicle “the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime.” Basically, crazy android/robot fighting awesome sauce. The original “Ghost in the Shell” proved very popular at home and internationally, »

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Dreamworks Producing Live-Action ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Adaptation

24 January 2014 10:03 PM, PST | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Years have passed (literally) since anyone’s talked about re-adapting Masamune Shirow’s landmark manga-cum-anime Ghost in the Shell. First conceived on the page by Shirow in 1989, brought to the big screen in 1995, and sequelized in 2004 (by legendary Japanese filmmaker Mamoru Oshii), the Ghost in the Shell franchise has largely survived as a television property in the intervening decade, as seen in early aughts TV show Standalone Complex and, much more recently, Ova series Arise.

This makes recent developments over a new Ghost in the Shell film potentially very exciting. It turns out that there’s been movement on bringing Shirow’s creation back to theaters with a new update on his original work; Dreamworks, the studio that initially released the truly excellent movie sequel ...

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Live-Action Patlabor Mini-Series To Feature Real Life Mecha

16 January 2014 3:07 AM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Suidobashi Heavy Industry's real-life, function mecha, the Kuratas will feature as a labor robot alongside the law enforcement's Ingram. A full size replica of the Ingram was constructed but it's not functional. You can check out the Kuratas in action below. The first installment in the seven-part Patlabor series will air in Japan on April 5, 2014. Related Content: 'Ghost In The Shell' Director Boards Live-Action Patlabor Full Size Patlabor Mecha Spotted En Route To Live-Action Filming Official Promo Art From Live-Action Patlabor Movie Patlabor also known as Mobile Police Patlabor, is a 1988 anime and manga that centered around the special robotics force of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police as they solved various cases in a then-near-future of 1998. There have been several anime films, anime series, mangas, light novels and video games to date. The film will not be a remake of Mamoru Oshii's (Ghost in the Shell) original anime »

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Directors For The Live-Action Patlabor Series Announced

15 January 2014 2:36 AM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Mamoru Oshii's live-action Patlabor anthology series has revealed its list of directors. The anthology series consists of 12 episodes that will be released in Japanese theater in seven parts. Each of the 12 episodes are said to be 48 minutes long. It's currently unknown how many episodes each part will contain. Takanori Tsujimoto (Bushido Man) will direct episodes two, four and eight. Kiyotaka Taguchi (Neo Ultra Q) will direct nine and ten. Hiroaki Yuasa (Iron Girl, Monster Killer) will direct three, five and eleven. Oshii will handle directing duties for episodes one and six. Here's a full breakdown of the release schedule for the live-action episodes for Patlabor: Part 1: April 5, 2014 Part 2: May 31, 2014 Part 3: July 12, 2014 Part 4: August 30, 2014 Part 5: October 18, 2014 Part 6: November 29, 2014 Part 7: January 1, 2015 Once the anthology series is »

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Win a Copy of Rewind This! on DVD and VHS!

13 January 2014 9:15 AM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

One of the greatest VHS documentaries you'll ever see, Rewind This! (review), is getting set to make its VHS and DVD debut this week, and right now we have your chance to score copies of both free! Who doesn't like free?

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Directed by Josh Johnson, Rewind This! explores the enormous cultural and historical impact of the VHS tape. Featuring interviews with filmmakers including Atom Egoyan, Mamoru Oshii, and Jason Eisener; distributors; store owners; and die-hard VHS tape collectors, the film festival fave traces the many ways home video altered the film, social, and cultural landscapes. Offering a wealth of wild and weird titles, home video transformed the viewing habits and tastes of a generation of audiences. The documentary sheds an often unseen and »

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Film Review: ‘Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo’

10 January 2014 6:58 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Once upon a time in the ’60s, a critic would have known exactly what to say: that the gorgeous, cacophonous anime sound-and-light show “Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo” should only be watched in an altered state. That would be a serviceable approach to a film that too often substitutes obfuscation for complexity, to relax and drift along on the often-spectacular, pulsating visuals. For those not fully initiated in the moony psychobabble mythology of this Emo/Mecha epic, straining earnestly to understand would be to risk injury. While anime films crated by such brainy artists as Hayao Miyazaki (“The Wind Rises”) and Mamoru Oshii (“Ghost in the Shell”), have registered strongly outside the fanboy sphere, “Evangelion: 3.0″ seems likely to play well only to devotees, and not even to all of them. The anime fan writer Reckoner, in the Nihon Review, has already aptly declared the film “a disorienting mess.”

The brainchild of just one man, »

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