Mamoru Oshii Visits the 'Ghost in the Shell' Movie in New Featurette

November 10, 2016
Source: YouTube

Ghost in the Shell Featurette

"[She] has gone above and beyond my expectations for the role." Paramount has launched a new featurette for the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie, ahead of the full trailer launch this weekend. In what seems an obvious move to get ahead of the whitewashing claims, the video features Japanese filmmaker Mamoru Oshii, who directed the original two anime Ghost in the Shell movies, talking about how happy he is seeing Scarlett Johansson in the role as The Major. The featurette actually has lots of new footage, and plenty of behind-the-scenes shots, which is great to see because this does look really cool. There's a Matrix vibe to it, at least with the action, and I'm glad to see them embracing a digitized world. Stay tuned for the trailer next.

Here's the new featurette featuring Mamoru Oshii for Rupert Sanders' Ghost in the Shell, from YouTube:

Ghost in the Shell

Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property (first developed by Masamune Shirow), Ghost in the Shell follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic's advancements in cyber technology. Ghost in the Shell the movie is being directed by Rupert Sanders, of Snow White and the Huntsman previously. The cast features Beat Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Kaori Momoi and Chin Han. The film was shot mostly in Wellington, New Zealand, and Weta will be providing VFX. Paramount is releasing Ghost in the Shell in US theaters starting on March 31st, 2017 early next year. Stay tuned for more updates. See the teasers here.

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Reader Feedback - 15 Comments


The skin suit is in play. I'm glad they are trying to keep it as close to the source material as possible...'cep for the whole Caucasian actors playing Asians thing.

DAVIDPD on Nov 10, 2016


In all seriousness the Major never really specified that this body is Japanese (nor does it look like a realistic Japanese in the anime, but hey it's anime). Her mind/soul is Japanese but she can and has used other bodies that were clearly not modeled after Japanese women.

shameonyou on Nov 10, 2016


That's true. But we both kinda know she is supposed to be Asian, tho...

DAVIDPD on Nov 10, 2016


why is the movie in English? We all know they're suppose to be speaking Japanese.

Dan Hibiki on Nov 11, 2016


Financing and marketing. A lot of people, won't see the film if they had it in Japanese.

DAVIDPD on Nov 11, 2016


Then why do all the characters in the anime (original and SAC) look white? Hell, Togusa, the non-cyborg, looks white. This is a rhetorical question, see my reply to you above.

Alex Larsen on Dec 13, 2016


I wouldn't be surprised if they explain it this way in the movie... Similar to Doctor Strange, which had a narrative explanation for why The Ancient One was not Asian.

Alex Billington on Nov 10, 2016


Anime was created as a WWII-era shitpost on America. That's why all the characters have wild hair colors and hair cuts, the characters are loud and prone to grandiose actions and statements (I don't get this, but whatever), the men are tall and very muscular, and the women have enormous breasts. The whole whitewashing claim therefor doesn't hold water unless you regard all anime as whitewashed.

Alex Larsen on Dec 13, 2016


I disagree. Anime was created as a form of entertainment and was popularized pre-World War II. You can see many examples from the early 1930s. The exaggerated features, like the hair color, hair styles, overly masculine physiques and over feminized features are all due to the repressive nature of Japanese society. "The nail that sticks out gets hammered" was the mantra of the Japanese for many decades. Expressing one's personality through style or personal form was considered in poor taste and would bring shame to you and your family. So as in many other cultures, art was the way to express one's inner thoughts. Since men were the artists for anime they expressed liking women with large breasts and wanting muscled bodies, much like the Greeks who sculpted those chiseled frames into marble. To address your other comment, anime characters are usually drawn with more "Caucasian" features because they are considered the "ideal" in Japanese culture (realize this is a generalization, which means it applies to most, but not all). Unless a character has a "Western" name, it should be considered Japanese. I am not saying you are entirely wrong, I am sure a few artists have shared your opinion during the near 100 year history anime has, but generally, I am inclined to disagree. The "Anglofication" of Western produced, live action anime films is indeed "whitewashing".

DAVIDPD on Dec 13, 2016


Looks good so far. I hope the CGI will be top notch (do not expect anything less) and that the moves defying gravity (and utilizing props) will be done as good as possible (as they often seem weird). March, you are not that far away!

Joe Kundlak on Nov 10, 2016


Who is doing the CGI? Weta? Definitely going to be top notch. I'm excited.

Alex Billington on Nov 10, 2016


This is a movie I'll definitely watch with a bucket of pop corn.

tarek on Nov 10, 2016


Visually and stylistically it's faithful to the anime, imo. If the soundtrack is even half as good as the original, this could be fantastic.

Transmillion on Nov 10, 2016


Visually on point it appears. Can't wait to see a full trailer!

RAW_D on Nov 11, 2016


Cheapest trick in the book. Get the original filmmaker to talk of how happy they are to have said person in role and how faithful the film is. Screw you Hollywood! And get some original ideas!

Have Hope on Nov 14, 2016

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