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Seems like director Mamoru Oshii has regained his love for live-action during his work on his latest film Assault Girls. According to Ann, director of titles Ghost in the Shell, The Sky Crawlers and Avalon revealed in Tokyo during a press conference for Assault Girls that his next film will be a live-action adaptation of Mitsuteru Yokoyama’s classic manga Tetsujin 28 (aka Gigantor).
Imagi Studios are currently working on a CG anime adaptation of the manga named T28, which will (according to IMDb) open in theaters in 2011. Oshii didn’t mention any dates in his announcement, but since he already directed a stage play version of Tetsujin 28-gō featuring a 500kg replica of the giant robot in January I guess we won’t have to wait too long. »
Babes! Guns! Monsters!
When you look at what output of Mamoru Oshii actually has reached English-speaking territories the last few years, you'd be forgiven for thinking him to be only making dark, brooding films.
Yet when you look at his eighties' work for Japanese television and the OVAs he created then, you see another Oshii entirely: one that juggles entertainment, high concepts, silly jokes and fan-service (both of the lewd and the mecha variety) with ease. And more recently his "Amazing Life of the Fast Food Grifters" was basically one big collection of jokes.
Enter his new film: "Assault Girls", which manages to be a combination of both the broody Oshii and the fun-lovin' fan-servicin' Oshii. On the one hand we have three damn cute women hunting huge sandworm-like monsters, with both the women and the monsters sporting some very large cannons. On the other hand this takes place in »
Teaser trailer for the psychological drama movie The Artifice
"Imagine if you had the ability to see every tiny connection, every movement, every decision, every concept, and every consequence. Would you embrace this gift or try to hide it would you be able to use it without effect or would this knowledge change your life forever?"
Stylistically the promo reminds me of Jamin Winans' Ink and Tony Krantz's Sublime, mixed with a touch of Mamoru Oshii's Avalon. We don't have a lot more info on this project other than it's gained nearly a million fans on facebook on the strength of the intrigue created by the promo, but the crew behind it is going to send further details over.
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Twitch’s Todd has posted a first (?) poster artwork and a full synopsis for Mamoru Oshii’s Assault Girls that will open in Japan on December 19th.
The story takes place in an in-game virtual space called “Avalon”, a barren desert-like battlefield, resembling a devastated world after a nuclear war. “Avalon” is a world full of gigantic monsters. It is a fictional world where an endless “hunt”, known as “play”, repeatedly takes place. The drama centers around a sniper who pilots a camouflage fighter plane; a sorcerer who can freely transform herself; a woman fighter equipped with an assault rifle on a horseback; and a large-framed man equipped with an anti-tank rifle. There is also the “Game Master” who watches the players from the air.
In a world where giant Sunakujira (Sand Whales) monsters crawl the earth, storming battleships fly high up in the sky, and assault rifle muzzle flashes go off everywhere, »
From Mamoru Oshii, the well-known and respected Japanese director of “Avalon” and the “Ghost in the Shell” franchise comes what I can only assume is a get-rich quick scheme to pay off a house note or two, ala “Assault Girls”. It’s like Frank Herbert’s “Dune”, except with Japanese chicks with assault rifles. In the aftermath of global thermonuclear war, the Earth’s surface has been turned into a desert battlefield. Three beautiful female hunters: Gray (Meisa Kuroki), Lucifer (Rinko Kikuchi), and Colonel (Hinako Saeki) traverse the barren landscape armed with powerful assault rifles to fight a group of deadly sand-dwelling monsters called “sunakujira” (sand whales). When the the epic battle eventually seems to be coming to an end, the sparkle of muzzle flash dies down and assault ship flies overhead. Suddenly, a gigantic super mutation called “Madara Sunakujira” attacks. The girls and their spiffy mega guns hit Japanese »
Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell wowed us all with its seamlessly merging of traditional animation with the latest CG imagery to create an intelligent and artistic sci-fi spectacle unlike anything seen before. The film enjoyed both critical and popular acclaim at the international box office before going on to reach even greater success on DVD. Now, director Oshii (The Sky Crawlers; Avalon) has revisited his classic masterpiece to create a newly enhanced "director's cut" for cinemas in the form of Ghost in the Shell 2.0. »
The full length follow up to his recent short film Assault Girl 2 and first live action feature since Avalon, the first trailer has just arrived for Ghost in the Shell director Mamoru Oshii’s Assault Girls. It doesn’t show much and what it does show has a curiously washed out effect - having seen Assault Girl 2 I can tell you that the post production effect he lays on the visuals here looks much better in proper resolution - but new Oshii is always a major event, even relatively low-budget, quick production cycle Oshii like this. Here’s the synopsis from Nippon Cinema:
In the aftermath of global thermonuclear war, the Earth’s surface has been turned into a desert battlefield. Three beautiful female hunters: Gray (Meisa Kuroki), Lucifer (Rinko Kikuchi), and Colonel (Hinako Saeki) traverse the barren landscape armed with powerful assault rifles to fight a group of deadly »
- Todd Brown
Yesterday we brought word of the awesome sounding upcoming scifi project by Avalon director Mamoru Oshii called Assault Girls. Set in a futuristic desert battlefield where Dune-like female warriors fight giant sand worms, the project sounds like an immediate must-see.
Well if you're like us, and can't wait to get a taste of what Oshii's cooking up for us in his cyberpunk kitchen then be sure to watch his first short from the series, Assault Girl: Kentucky no Hinako right here on Quiet Earth! A segment in Oshii's 2007 omnibus movie, "Shin Onna Tachiguishi Retsuden," it's the first of three Assault girl shorts that are the basis for his upcoming feature.
Just image a feature version of this but even more ambitious and visually arresting. It truly melts the mind. Big ups to our boy Avery for the tip off.
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He may have been all quiet on the live action front for eight years, but Anime King Mamoru Oshii is plotting his return to the human world with his brand new apocalyptic epic Assault Girls, starring Oscar-nominated Rinko Kikuchi.Babel star Kikuchi's fellow Assault Girls will be played by Vexille's Meisa Kuroki and Hinako Saeki. The girls will be desert hunters looking for morphing sand whale beasts amid post-apocalyptic turmoil. So think Tremors-cum-Dune, Japanese style.Oshii, who is most famous for his anime classic Ghost In The Shell films, most recently released a live action movie in 2001 with sci-fi fantasy Avalon.Assault Girls is due in cinemas on December 19. »
Oshii's first live action film after the excellent Avalon, this is the third film with the "assault girl" theme. The first, titled "Assault Girl: Kentucky no Hinako," was a segment in Oshii's 2007 omnibus movie "Shin Onna Tachiguishi Retsuden" and starred Saeki. The second, "Assault GIRL2," was part of last year's "Kiru ~ Kill" omnibus and starred Kikuchi. [via TokyoGraph] Opening December 19th, the production staff promises to combine high-quality visuals, visual effects, and battle sequences. We only have one still which you can see on the right, and it sounds utterly incredible:
The science-fiction story is set on a desert battlefield after giant monsters named "Suna Kujira" (literally, sand whales) devastated the land. Three beautiful female hunters — all of whom wield assault rifles and other powerful weapons — engage in battle with the monsters, including the biggest of them all, the Madara Suna Kujira (spotted sand whale).
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You will recall that back in December word had gotten out that Japanese director Mamoru Oshii and one of the stars from his short film Assault Girl 2, Rinko Kikuchi, announced that they would be pleased as punch if they could make a feature length film based on characters from that short.
The live-action Assault Girls feature film by director Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell, The Sky Crawlers, Patlabor) has been green-lit for a December 19 opening. This film will be Oshii’s first live-action feature film since 2001’s Avalon. The science-fiction story is set on a desert battlefield after giant monsters named “Suna Kujira” (literally, sand whales) devastated the land. Three beautiful female hunters — all of whom wield assault rifles and other powerful weapons — engage in battle with the monsters, including the biggest of them all, the Madara Suna Kujira (spotted sand whale). Meisa Kuroki (Vexille - 2077 Isolation of Japan, »
- Andrew Mack
Anime auteur Mamoru Oshii ( Ghost in the Shell , Innocence ) has announced his first live-action film in eight years, reports Variety . Titled Assault Girls , the movie stars Oscar-nominated Rinko Kikuchi ( Babel ), Meisa Kuroki and Hinako Saeki as hunters in a desert landscape in a post-apocalyptic world. Their quarry, called "sand whales," are huge, morphing beasts. Oshii's last live-action feature was the 2001 sci-fi epic Avalon . His latest animated film, the sci-fi actioner Sky Crawlers , was released by Warner in Japan last August, while playing at many festivals abroad. Assault Girls is scheduled for a Dec. 19 release through the Theater Tokyo chain. »
Ann has posted some new/first details for Mamoru Oshii’s upcoming live-action film Assault Girls. According to Hollywood Channel and Cinema Today, the long version of Oshii’s Assault Girl 2 short from the Kiru ~ Kill omnibus will open in Japan on December 19th. The film is set on a desert planet that has been devastated by giant monsters called Suna Kujira (sand whales). For reasons yet unknown, three female hunters played by Meisa Kuroki, Rinko Kikuchi and Hinako Saeki visit the planet to hunt down the most dangerous sand whale there is, the Madara Suna Kujira (spotted sand whale) using assault rifles and other weapons.
Even though the films is getting released pretty soon, only one photo that makes one of the Assault Girls (Meisa Kuroki) look like an amazing mix of Casshern and Oshii’s Avalon has been released so far. »
At this point in his career, director Mamoru Oshii has established a signature mood of detached, autumnal melancholy, which predominates over his films regardless of their genre, and no matter whether they’re live-action (Avalon, Stray Dog) or anime (both Ghost In The Shell movies, the first two Patlabor films). The same holds true for the science-fiction/alternate-world period piece The Sky Crawlers: It’s packed with grueling aerial combat and life-or-death situations, not to mention sex and killing, and yet the entire film feels like a slow, sleepy summer daydream. Oshii’s love of long takes, drifting clouds in »
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