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Badass Full UK Trailer for Gritty Japanese Action Thriller Film 'Re:Born'

"If you want my blood... come and get it!" Eureka Entertainment has debuted a new official UK trailer for a Japanese action thriller titled Re:Born, which premiered at a few genre film festivals last year. Re:Born features a hand-to-hand fighting technique called "Zero-Range Combat", originally developed by combat strategist and master fight instructor Yoshitaka Inagawa. The film's story follows a covert soldier with a mysterious past who decides to once again unleash the "beast inside of him" to stand up for what he cares about. The cast includes Tak Sakaguchi, Yura Kondo, Takumi Saitô, Mariko Shinoda, and Akio Ôtsuka. This trailer has hints at some of the badass action in this film, which looks like a lot of very close-range fighting, including inside a phone booth at one point. I don't know much about this, but it looks cool. Here's the new UK trailer (+ international poster) for Yûji Shimomura's Re:Born,
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Re:born (2016) International Movie Trailer: Soldier Tak Sakaguchi Uses Zero-Range Combat

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Re:Born International Trailer Yuji Shimomura‘s Re: Born (2016) international movie trailer star Tak Sakaguchi, Akio Otsuka, Orson Mochizuki, Yura Kondo, and Takumi Saitô. Re: Born‘s plot synopsis: “When an entire squad of Japanese Defense Force soldiers are cut down during a training exercise, it appears the worst is true: the Ghost, a legendary [...]

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‘Ghost in the Shell’: Original Anime Voice Actors Will Dub the New Live-Action Movie Into Japanese

‘Ghost in the Shell’: Original Anime Voice Actors Will Dub the New Live-Action Movie Into Japanese
Twenty-two years after voicing the characters of Mamoru Oshii’s anime “Ghost in the Shell,” the original voice cast will now reunite to dub the new live-action film into Japanese, as reported by Kotaku.

Atsuko Tanaka, who voiced the original Major Motoko Kusanagi in the 1995 anime is returning to voice Scarlett Johansson’s character, The Major. The actress also voiced the lead character in the sequels “Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence” (2004) and “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex” (2005).

Read More: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Video Shows How Weta Workshop Made Scarlett Johansson’s Thermoptic Suit

Akio Otsuka will voice Batou as he did in the original anime and its sequels. The actor is also known for voicing Snake in the action/adventure video game series “Metal Gear.” Koichi Yamadera is joinning Tanaka and Otsuka as the voice of Togusa.

“It’s been a while since they’ve played these characters,
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The Original Ghost In The Shell Anime Voice Actors Will Dub the Live-Action Film in Japan

I've got some pretty cool news for the Ghost in the Shell anime purists out there. The original voice actors from the original anime will be reprising their roles once again for the Japanese language dub of the live action film.

The news comes from the Japanese site Natalie, and they reveal that Akio Otsuka will be back in the role of Batou, a role he played in the 1995 Ghost in the Shell anime feature, as well as its 2004 sequel Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence and Stand Alone Complex. They are also bringing back Koichi Yamadera who will be providing the voice of Togusa, while Atsuko Tanaka will be back in the role of Motoko Kusanagi a.k.a. The Major, who is played by Scarlett Johansson in the live-action film.

The director of the 1995 anime film, Mamoru Oshii, had this to say in a statement regarding the casting
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Mamoru Oshii’s ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Returns With New Trailer Ahead of Re-Release

No doubt eager to capitalize on the upcoming live-action adaptation, Anchor Bay Entertainment and its subsidiary Manga Entertainment are gearing up for a deluxe rerelease of the original animated Ghost in the Shell. First released in Japan and the Us in 1995, the landmark science fiction film by legendary director Mamoru Oshii is one of the most visionary and influential films in the “cyberpunk” subgenre that exploded onto the silver screen with Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and enjoys a longstanding literary tradition thanks to authors like William Gibson and Neal Stephenson. Taking an unmistakably Japanese (and indubitably Oshii) approach to the genre, Ghost famously features both mesmerizing action sequences that inspired the Wachowskis in the direction of The Matrix, and lengthy meditations on transhumanism, existentialism, and spirituality in a hypercapitalist dystopia where human bodies and memories are subject to the same means of production and reproduction as any material resource.
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Film Review: ‘The Empire of Corpses’ (Shisha no teikoku)

Film Review: ‘The Empire of Corpses’ (Shisha no teikoku)
An anime feature adaptation of late sci-fi virtuoso Project Itoh’s steampunk dystopian novel on computerized necromancy, “Empire of Corpses” is exquisitely drawn yet bogs down in a narrative as bloated as a drowned carcass. Following a young, androgynous Dr. Watson on a globetrotting espionage mission to find Victor Frankenstein’s secret formula, Itoh’s richly imaginative yarn is literally and figuratively a soul-searching journey. Yet, despite sprawling, jumbled exposition, director Ryotaro Makihara’s big-screen realization boasts such dazzling artwork and cinematic brio that it will live long on U.S. distributor Funimation’s streaming platform, aimed at hardcore Japanese anime geeks.

Itoh (aka Satoshi Ito) burst upon Japan’s science fiction scene with “Genocide Organ” and “Harmony,” but regrettably died of cancer at the age of 34. His last, unfinished novel “The Empire of Corpses” was completed by his friend and peer To Enjo. Produced by Wit Studio, which boasts
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Voice Actor Claims Kojima Productions Has Disbanded; Hideo Kojima’s Name Stripped From Metal Gear Solid V Box Art

Japanese voice actor Akio Otsuka has seemingly confirmed what we have long feared: Kojima Productions has effectively been disbanded ahead of the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain in September.

As the artist who brings Snake to life in Konami’s native country of Japan, Otsunka’s comments, while unconfirmed, do hold a degree of weight. Couple this with the fact that the final boxed version of The Phantom Pain strips Hideo Kojima’s name from the picture and it’s not exactly outside the realm of possibility. While there are still a lot of grey areas surrounding the esteemed developer’s imminent exit, it’s understood that his contract will expire under Konami by the year’s end, long after the upcoming stealth sequel has shipper to the public.

In a loosely translated interview picked up by Livedoor News (via Kotaku), Ostunka notes that the reputable
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Konami Refutes Rumors That Hideo Kojima Was Fired From Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

The intriguing Hideo Kojima drama continues unabated today after a Metal Gear Solid voice actress took to Twitter to reveal that the esteemed developer was allegedly fired from Konami, and that the upper echelons of the company had “fired a genius.” A genius though he may be, Donna Burke’s claims weren’t supported with any tangible evidence, and the Japanese publisher has since reached out to VideoGamer to deny Burke’s allegations, stating that any conjecture that Kojima is leaving on bad terms is “categorically incorrect.”

Burke, who has worked under Hideo Kojima for last year’s Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, caused quite the kerfuffle after posting the following message on her personal Twitter account.

Yes don’t throw away the Kojima teams work over the last 5 years because upper management fired a genius

Donna Burke (@db_singer_actor) April 9, 2015

As this saga has unfolded, it’s
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Wondering Why David Hayter Isn't In 'Metal Gear Solid V?' Kojima Didn't Invite Him Back

“What we’re trying to accomplish is [to] recreate the Metal Gear series. It’s a new type of Metal Gear game and we wanted to have this reflected in the voice actor as well.”

That was "Metal Gear" series director Hideo Kojima addressing why actor/screenwriter David Hatyer wasn't invited back to voice Big Boss in "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain," a move that's sure the rankle some fans out their who've grown attached to his gravelly voiced performances as Snake through three console generations of games.

Fans learned that Hayter wouldn't be voicing Big Boss when the English language trailer for "The Phantom Pain" made its debut this week. Kojima confirmed that he and Kojima Productions wanted to go in what they'd call in the business "a different direction" this time out, although at this time he wouldn't divulge the name of the actor voicing the character in the game.
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Baka & Test: Summon The Beasts Season 2 DVD Review

Director: Shin Oonuma

Starring: Hiro Shimono, Alexis Tipton, Hitomi Harada, Josh Grelle, Akio Ohtsuka, Anthony Bowling, Avana Taketatsu, Brina Palencia Emiri Kato,

Running Time: 325 minutes

Certificate: 15

Extras: Episode 13 commentary, textless opening & closing, music videos, Baka Test animated shorts, trailers

Baka & Test: Summon The Beasts sees a group of high school kids in a world where they are able to summon little avatars of themselves. These avatars are used to battle and settle disputes, and their strength is surmised by scores which represent how well they do in certain classes. But that in no way captures the show’s true essence. It is really just used as a fun little gimmick which is sometimes employed in order to add a bit of spice to the show. This is really a school based sitcom all about growing up.

If you’re arriving to the show for the first time, you may be
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New Berserk Trailer and Cast

In case you’ve missed it, here’s the trailer for the last installment in Berserk animated trilogy, titled Berserk Ōgon Jidai-Hen III: Kōrin aka Berserk Golden Age Arc III: Descent.

Also, Yūichi Nakamura, Ayana Taketatsu and Akio Ohtsuka are joining the existing voice cast of the Berserk film trilogy for the final installment. All three are playing characters from Kentarou Miura’s original manga.

Nakamura will play Silat, the leader of the Baakiraka assassin clan taking on the Band of the Hawk.

Taketatsu will play Erica, the girl who lives with the blacksmith Godo, and last, but not the least, Ohtsuka will play the Skull Knight who holds the key to the story. Oh, you might remember him as Captain Shunsui Kyouraku from Bleach, Batou from Ghost in the Shell series, Blackbeard from One Piece, Chiriko from Naruto: Shippūden, Kokuou from Howl’s Moving Castle… should I continue?

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Blu-ray Review: Ghost in the Shell – Sac Solid State Society Ova

Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex Solid State Society Ova

Vocal Talent (Japanese): Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Ohtsuka, Koichi Yamadera | Vocal Talent (English): Mary McGlynn, Richard Epcar, Crispin Freeman | Written by Masamune Shirow, Kenji Kamiyama, Shotaro Suga, Yoshiki Sakurai | Directed by Kenji Kamiyama

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Solid State Society has got to be one of the longest anime titles going, but fitting as this is the final part of the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex series based on Masamune Shirow’s manga.

Ghost in the Shell is a cyberpunk police thriller, whose main protagonist is Major Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg and member of Section 9, a covert ops section of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission, whose remit is technology-related crime. Originally a manga by Masamune Shirow, Ghost in the Shell was made into an animated film that rates in
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