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Daily | Tokyo 2014

24 October 2014 7:10 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The Tokyo International Film Festival is on through October 31 and the special focus this year is on anime. Among the highlights are a tribute to Hideaki Anno, creator of the Evangelion series; Garm Wars: The Last Druid by Mamoru Oshii, the creator of the Ghost in the Shell franchise who's currently filming new Patlabor feature; Tetsuro Araki's Attack on Titan: The First Part; Shinji Aramaki's prequel Appleseed Alpha; new shorts by Shigeru Miyamoto featuring Pikmin, "cute creatures that are a hybrid of plant and animal," as Mark Schilling puts it in the Japan Times. We've also got a first round of reviews of Disney's Big Hero 6. » - David Hudson »

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International Business Themes Dominate Tokyo Market Seminars

21 October 2014 4:33 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Cross-border business and cooperation were the themes of the panel discussions and seminars on the opening day of the Tiffcom content market in Tokyo on Tuesday.   The seminars kicked off with an explanation of Japan's co-production subsidy system presented by Ace Co-Production Lab and UniJapan, the quasi-governmental body that oversees certification for eligibility. The organizers pointed out that two films being officially screened at the festival, Shinji Aramaki's Appleseed Alpha and Mamoru Oshii's Garm Wars – The Last Druid, received financial help through the co-production subsidy system. Read more Tokyo Film Festival, Market to

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- Gavin J. Blair, Patrick Brzeski

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Scarlett Johansson Offered Lead Role In Ghost In The Shell

17 October 2014 7:20 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

A little while back, we brought you the news that The Wolf of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie was eyeing the lead role in DreamWorks’ live-action rendition of popular manga series, Ghost in the Shell. However, now that the actress has entered talks to star in the recently-announced Suicide Squad film — along with Tom Hardy & Will Smith — the role has reportedly been offered to a certain Ms. Romanoff.

That’s right, according to Deadline, DreamWorks has turned its attention towards Scarlett Johansson, with the studio offering an alleged $10 million to secure the actress’ place in the long-gestating manga. Though the jury is still out on whether the Lucy star will sign on for the project, we assume she’ll step into the shoes of one Motoko Kusanagi.

For the uninitiated, Ghost in the Shell is best described as post-cyberpunk anime that follows Kusanagi — a cybernetic human that leads a law »

- Michael Briers

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Scarlett Johansson offered starring role in Ghost in the Shell movie

17 October 2014 2:38 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Scarlett Johansson has been offered the lead role in the Ghost in the Shell adaptation.

DreamWorks has made the Avengers actress a $10 million offer for director Rupert Sanders's live action film, reports Deadline.

Wolf of Wall Street actress Margot Robbie had been in line for the project but has reportedly dropped out in favour of Warner Bros' DC Comics film Suicide Squad.

Mamoru Oshii's groundbreaking anime film was released in 1995.

Set in 2029, Ghost in the Shell centres around cyborg security officer Motoko Kusanagi and her Section 9 colleagues, who are set on the trail of a dangerous hacker.

Johansson is said to be wanted for the action sci-fi film after her performance in Lucy and Marvel Studios' projects. »

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Beyond Fright Review: Ghost In The Shell 25th Anniversary Bluray

3 October 2014 2:43 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Ghost In The Shell 25th Anniversary Edition

Every genre has their classics, films that helped define a pivotal point, in which the tides turned and something was brought to audience that blew them away. The horror genre has the Night Of The Living Dead, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween‘s, the action genre has their Die Hard, Terminator 2‘s etc.  When it comes to animated films that aren’t the Disney type, very few films stand out as much as the great Japanese classics such as Akira and one of my personal favorites, Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 masterpiece, Ghost In The Shell. Both films gave Japanese film animation such epic entries, that though often imitated, were never duplicated in quality. With Anchor Bay’s newly released 25th Anniversary (of the original manga’s release) Edition Bluray of Ghost In The Shell, I thought it would be fun to jump into it »

- Jerry Smith

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Tokyo Film Festival to Feature Special Screenings of 'The Expendables 3' and Martin Scorsese Doc

19 September 2014 6:11 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Tokyo International Film Festival announced a 21-movie lineup for its special screenings section Friday, including The Expendables 3; Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi's documentary about the The New York Review of Books, The 50 Year Argument; and The Cathedrals of Culture documentary series, with episodes from Robert Redford and Wim Wenders. The festival will also feature the premiere of Garm Wars The Last Druid from cult anime director Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell), which promises a pioneering hybrid style of live-action and computer animation. In addition, Japanese audiences will finally get a chance to see Bollywood

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- Gavin J. Blair

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Tokyo to screen Big Eyes footage

19 September 2014 4:46 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) has announced its Special Screenings line-up of high-profile films from Japan and abroad.    

Aside from previously announced opening and closing films - Big Hero 6 and Parasyte - world premieres in Special Screenings include Mamoru Oshii’s Japan-Canada coproduction Garm Wars The Last Druid, a “hybrid animation fusing pioneer CG and live-action technologies”.

Also, Isshin Inudo’s romance Miracle: Devil Claus’ Love And Magic, Sebastian Masuda’s The Nutcracker 3D and Kiyotaka Taguchi’s The Next Generation - Patlabor - Episode 10, a live action version of Mobile Police Patlabor with special footage to screen with commentary from general director Oshii.

The line-up will also include a look at footage from upcoming Tim Burton feature Big Eyes, starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. It opens in the Us on Dec 25.

The festival will run Oct 23-31.

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- hjnoh2007@gmail.com (Jean Noh)

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Mamoru Oshii Gets Double Billing in Tokyo Festival’s Special Screenings Section

19 September 2014 4:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo – Two new movies by sci-fi auteur Mamoru Oshii will unspool in the special screenings section of the

Tokyo International Film Festival, (Oct. 23-31)

The 21-title section showcases movies set for release in Japan in the fall and winter and includes a strong local sci-fi contingent. 

In addition to the previously announced “Parasyte,” the Takashi Yamazaki alien invasion pic that will close the festival, the section will screen live-action/animation hybrid “Garm Wars — The Last Druid” and the live-action “The Next Generation — Patlabor (episode ten).” Oshii is credited as the general director on the latter picture, Kiyotaka Taguchi as the director. 

Shinji Aramaki’s animation “Appleseed Alpha” will get its Asian bow, while Tetsuro Araki’s animated sci-fi epic “Attack on Titan,” the first of a two-parter, will have its world premiere. 

Among U.S. titles in the section are Atom Egoyan’s “Devil’s Knot,” “The Expendables 3,” “Jon Favreau’s “Chef, »

- Mark Schilling

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Competition: Win ‘Psycho-Pass Complete Season 1 Collection’ on Blu-ray

10 September 2014 1:50 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Leap into the world of Psycho-Pass, a thrilling, futuristic and gripping new crime drama brought to you by Production I.G. (Ghost In The Shell, Blood-c, The End Of Evangelion) that echoes hard-hitting film and TV series such as Minority Report, Judge Dredd and The Tomorrow People.

Brace yourself for a hardboiled, sci-fi thriller from the creator of Madoka Magica and the studio that brought you Ghost in the Shell. Welcome to a world where just thinking about a crime is enough to enough to make you guilty. Bad intentions can no longer be hidden, and the police know exactly which tainted minds are about to cross over to the wrong side of the law. The great equalizer in the war on thugs is the Dominator, a futuristic weapon that can read minds and assess the risk that a citizen will turn criminal. Cops work in teams made up of Enforcers and Inspectors. »

- Phil Wheat

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The Puppet Master Brings Ghost In The Shell to the Tivoli Midnights This Weekend

7 September 2014 6:26 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“As a sentient lifeform, I hereby demand political asylum!”

Ghost In The Shell plays this weekend (September 12th and 13th) at The Tivoli at midnight as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli midnight series.

Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost In The Shell (1995) is one of the ultimate nerd movies. It’s science fiction anime aimed at smart audiences, and one that raised the bar for Japanese animation. Its complex story is set in a society where being a full-flesh human is no longer the norm. Is humanity losing its existence or is it loosely defined? Cyborgs are part human, part machine, and a continuation of a previously “whole” human entity. Major Motoko Kusanagi, a full-replacement cyborg in the national security division Section 9, is investigating a mysterious hacker who goes by the name “The Puppet Master.” It may be apparent throughout the film that many of its aspects and ideas »

- Tom Stockman

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Margot Robbie Could Lead the Live-Action ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Remake

4 September 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Margot Robbie made audiences know her name in a big way last year as Jordan Belfort’s second, more glamorous (sorry, Cristin Milioti) and gloriously assertive Brooklynite, lingerie-designing wife in The Wolf of Wall Street. Since then, she has been racking up the lead roles. It doesn’t take much more than a nod from Martin Scorsese to let everyone know you’re alright. The Australian actress has a full roster of upcoming projects: she stars opposite Will Smith in the rom-com caper Focus, will appear alongside Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas in the French WWII flick Suite Française, is exploring a post-apocalyptic landscape with Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor in Z for Zachariah and swinging onto the big screen as the next Jane to Alexander Skarsgard’s Tarzan. Robbie clearly hasn’t pegged herself down as being a specific kind of actress, and she’s furthering that perception by entering early talks to star in »

- Samantha Wilson

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'Wolf Of Wall Street' Star Margot Robbie Circling Live-Action 'Ghost In The Shell' Remake

4 September 2014 6:50 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Hollywood is banking big on actress Margot Robbie. The Australian star broke out in a huge way last year as the female lead in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf Of Wall Street," and has immediately become a much-in-demand name around town. She's starring opposite Will Smith in next spring's con-rom-com "Focus"; she has joined Michelle Williams in the ensemble of awards-touted period drama "Suite Francaise"; is appearing with Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor in post-apocalyptic drama "Z For Zachariah"; and will portray the most famous Jane in movie history in David Yates and Warner Bros' megabudget reboot of "Tarzan." And just now she's mooted to have scored her first solo blockbuster lead in a project that's been in the works for aeons. According to Deadline, Robbie is in early talks to star in "Ghost In The Shell," DreamWorks' live-action remake of the classic anime. Released in 1995, directed by Mamoru Oshii and based on a. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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New Ghost In The Shell 25th Anniversary Poster

1 September 2014 8:29 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Japanese anime Ghost In The Shell is an Empire-acclaimed world cinema great, with the manga on which it's based celebrating its 25th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the film has an upcoming re-release. It has a new poster to mark the occasion. Click below for a closer look. What’s so good about this film? Easy. It’s a feast of blistering visuals that wears its cyberpunk spirit on its sleeve and helped set up big Hollywood sci-fis ahead. Filmmakers from James Cameron to Steven Spielberg have acknowledged the influence of Mamoru Oshii’s animation, while Lana and Andrew Wachowski have pointed to it as a key Matrix touchstone.With shades of Philip K. Dick, the story sets a cyborg gumshoe on the trail of shadowy hacker The Puppet Master. But is she human or is she dancer just a machine? Those philosophical questions will obviously be familiar to Blade Runner »

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New Ghost In The Shell Poster Marks Its 25th Anniversary Re-Release

1 September 2014 8:02 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

While we await the live-action version which is (apparently) in the works with Snow White And The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders at the helm, we can make do with the 25th anniversary re-release of Mamoru Oshii's Ghost In The Shell; which will return to theatres on Sep 27th, followed a week later by its sequel. Empire have debuted a new one-sheet for the movie, which you can see below. The original Ghost In The Shell Manga was written by Masamune Shirow, and the subsequent film adaptation is up there with Akira as a benchmark Anime on which all that followed would be judged against. The story follows a member of an agency known as Section 9 named Motoko Kusanagi, as she searches for a mysterious hacker known as the Puppet Master. The live action film will be produced by Avi Arad, and Steven Paul. »

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Ghost in the Shell returning to cinemas for 25th anniversary

12 August 2014 9:04 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ghost in the Shell will return to cinemas to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the manga.

The classic anime will be screened in selected Picturehouse cinemas in September.

2014 marks a quarter century since Masamune Shirow's manga debuted in 1989.

Mamoru Oshii's groundbreaking film was released in 1995.

Set in 2029, Ghost in the Shell centres around cyborg security officer Motoko Kusanagi and her Section 9 colleagues, who are set on the trail of a dangerous hacker.

The film famously explores themes of consciousness and humanity.

Ghost in the Shell will return to cinemas from September 27. »

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Fantasia draws record numbers

10 August 2014 2:56 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Montreal’s genre festival ran from July 17-Aug 6 and saw audiences of more than 129,000; its Frontières co-production market also drew a record attendance, up 30% on 2013.

With more than 129,000 people attending screenings and events over its 18th year, Fantasia International Film Festival co-director Mitch Davis (pictured) has marked the event as an “extraordinary” year.

Speaking to Screen, Davis was particularly pleased that the smaller films shone through.

“We showcased just over 160 feature films, which is more than our norm and is, frankly, no subtle number,” said Davis. “The worry in doing that is the chancing that certain so-called smaller films could somehow fall between the cracks.

“I’m thrilled to say that this didn’t happen. It’s often the smaller independent discovery titles that we have some of the strongest love for and we go the extra mile to make sure they stand out and even then, anything could happen. Happily, a good »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Fantasia co-director hails mighty year

10 August 2014 2:56 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Montreal’s genre festival ran from July 17-Aug 6 and saw audiences of more than 129,000; its Frontières co-production market also drew a record attendance, up 30% on 2013.

With more than 129,000 people attending screenings and events over its 18th year, Fantasia International Film Festival co-director Mitch Davis (pictured) has marked the event as an “extraordinary” year.

Speaking to Screen, Davis was particularly pleased that the smaller films shone through.

“We showcased just over 160 feature films, which is more than our norm and is, frankly, no subtle number,” said Davis. “The worry in doing that is the chancing that certain so-called smaller films could somehow fall between the cracks.

“I’m thrilled to say that this didn’t happen. It’s often the smaller independent discovery titles that we have some of the strongest love for and we go the extra mile to make sure they stand out and even then, anything could happen. Happily, a good »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Fantasia 2014 Award Winners Include Cybernatural and Closer to God; 2015 Dates Announced

9 August 2014 9:49 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

This past Wednesday, August 6th, saw the close of the 18th edition of Montreal's Fantasia Film Festival; and now that the dust has settled, we have the full list of this year's award winners plus the Fest's dates for 2015.

From the Press Release:

Returning to its home at Concordia University after the location’s massive 2013 renovations, the acclaimed Fantasia International Film Festival, North America’s longest-running genre film fest, benefited from having three theaters in which to screen its record 160+ films.

Among the numerous highlights that took place during the three-week festival were the crowd-pleasing, revelatory world premieres of Leo Gabriadze’s Cybernatural (review here), Sarah Adina Smith’s The Midnight Swim, and Bennett JonesI Am A Knife With Legs. Also of note were massively successful screenings of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, Lee Su-jin’s Han Gong-ju, Keishi Otomo’s Rurouni Kenshin – Kyoto Inferno, »

- Debi Moore

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Fantasia Int’l Film Festival Awards ‘Uzumasa Limelight,’ ‘Infinite Man’

8 August 2014 4:38 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ken Ochiai’s “Uzumasa Limelight,” pictured, took the Cheval Noir prize at the 18th annual Fantasia Intl. Film Festival in Montreal. Hugh Sullivan’s “The Infinite Man” was named best first film in the New Flesh Award competition while the Satoshi Kon prize for animation went to Mizuho Nishikubo’s “Giovanni’s Island.”

The festival, which ran July 17-Aug. 5,  screend more than 160 films in 216 theatrical presentations. The event received a record 129,000 attendees, up 30% from the 2013 festival.

Leo Gabriadze’s “Cybernatural,” Sarah Adina Smith’s “The Midnight Swim” and Bennett Jones’ “I Am a Knife with Legs” had world premiere screenings, while Mamoru Oshii (“Ghost in the Shell”) and Tobe Hooper (“The Texas Chain Saw Massacre”) were presented with lifetime achievement awards. Other significant screenings include “Boyhood,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Welcome to New York,” “Han Gong-ju,” “Rurouni Kenshin – Kyoto Inferno” and “Frank.”

The next edition is scheduled to for July 16-Aug. »

- Sebastian Torrelio

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Ghost in the Shell 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Announced

10 July 2014 11:17 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The phrase “get out of my head” is literal when it comes to The Puppet Master in the groundbreaking anime film Ghost in the Shell, based on the world-renowned manga by Masamune Shirow. In celebration of the movie’s 25th anniversary this year, Anchor Bay is releasing a new Ghost in the Shell Blu-ray with a fresh HD transfer that’s sure to please fans of the sci-fi classic.

The Ghost in the Shell 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray hits shelves on September 30th. Special features have yet to be announced, but we’ll let Daily Dead readers know when they are revealed. Check out the official press release for the movie’s synopsis and further details, and we also have the Blu-ray cover art and trailer for the film:

Press Release - “25 years ago, a breathtaking leap in the history of animation stunned and amazed audiences, with the release of »

- Derek Anderson

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