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Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell was supposed to be a promising beginning to a slew of glossy, high-profile remakes of great anime classics, but before it was even released, it was doomed to failure. The “white washing” controversy concerning the casting of Scarlett Johansson sabotaged the film amongst even those who had never heard of the original anime Ghost, and combined with the negative reviews, there was almost no way that Ghost in the Shell was going to be even a borderline success. So considering all it demerits, why not give up and just make an honest trailer out of it?  (more…)

For a film that was based on such a popular and iconic anime, the 2017 western remake of Ghost in the Shell has had a less than stellar response, from both critics and general audiences. Despite having some incredible source material to work from and the modern CGI technology to give the sci fi story the visual style it deserves, the movie reviews have been, for the most part, “mixed or average”. Though this could be for a number of reasons – and, indeed, various critics have voiced different opinions about what they found lacking in the new film – domestic distribution chief for Paramount, Kyle Davies, thinks that he knows the main one. (more…)

There’s almost nothing Scarlett Johansson can’t do on the big screen (or the small screen, if she was wanted, but she doesn’t right now). She’s played a superhero multiple times (Black Widow, minus the superpowers). She’s played a superhuman (Lucy, the next step in evolution). She’s even played an alien (using her physical beauty to seduce unwitting men to their deaths). But what Johansson can’t do, though, is save her latest film, Ghost in the Shell, the live-action remake of Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 animated adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s manga series.  The remake – or reimagining or whatever you want to call it – never fails to impress on a visual level, even as it borrows its aesthetics from Ridley Scott’s seminal cyperpunk classic, Blade Runner, updating it with the best 21st-century CGI money can buy, but story and character wise, it goes where too many genre entries have gone before, into stale, rehashed ideas about identity, consciousness, artificial intelligence and what have you. (more…)

“Hey you! Yes, you. You look like you’re a fan of Manga masterpiece Ghost in The shell, right? Thought so. You also look like you quite enjoyed that film where Matt Damon was an amnesiac who hit people till they gave him his memories back, right? So how would you like to watch that movie again, but it sort of looks like Ghost in The Shell? Ow, why are you kicking me? Please come back! There are cool robots!” Such is the message of the latest trailer from this year’s remake of Ghost In The Shell, a film that boasts astonishing visuals coupled with an equally astonishing lack of narrative ambition. Let’s take a look. (more…)

With just over a month to go before the 31st March release of Ghost in The Shell, we’ve just been given a fresh injection of nanoware (a new trailer) into our cyber-augmented craniums (erm, the internet?). The film will present a live-action update of Mamoru Oshii’s beloved cyberpunk franchise, in which human essences can be transferred into cybernetic host bodies. The production has been mired in controversy amidst accusations that the casting of Scarlett Johanson as The Major is yet another case of Hollywood whitewashing. The first trailer certainly whet our appetite, but didn’t offer much in the way of plot beyond “ooooh, shiny”. This time around, the story is beginning to take shape. (more…)

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Masamune Shirow‘s genre-defining manga, the anime adaptation of which was pivotal to Japanese cyberpunk storytelling, Ghost in the Shell is getting ever closer to the launch of its western live action reincarnation. Due to hit cinemas at the end of March 2017, it has already had its share of both positive and negative attention. While the casting of Scarlet Johansson as the character originally named Motoko Kusanagi drew criticism for perpetuating the whitewashing of minority characters in Hollywood movies, it hasn’t done all that much to abate the excitement generated by official teasers and leaked set photos. (more…)

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Paramount has been playing their cards close to the vest when it comes to Scarlett Johansson‘s upcoming Ghost in the Shell adaptation. Last month they released a series of ten second teasers which one would have expected to be followed up shortly thereafter with a full trailer. A month later and still no full trailer. Jump to this morning with the release of yet another teaser with a cryptic 11.13 Tokyo message at the end. Is that the first full trailer release date? Take a look tell us what you think. (more…)

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Ghost in the Shell is one of the most beloved anime films in history.  To call it a “cult classic” would truly do the film a disservice, considering the vast majority of viewers find themselves falling in love with the film, even if they have never enjoyed anime previously.  Incredibly led by director Mamoru Oshi, the 1995 film, which was adapted from the manga series of the same name, was a stylish blend political intrigue and philosophical tones, with futuristic technology and amazing music providing the perfect backdrop.  When it was first announced that Paramount would be preparing a live action adaptation of the film, the announcement was met with a bit of trepidation, to say the least.  When it was announced that Scarlett Johansson would be playing the lead role of Motoko Kusanagi, simply called “The Major” in this incarnation, that trepidation became downright disappointment.  Well, Paramount has decided to unleash not one, not two, but FIVE teaser trailers for the new film and…Well…Take a look for yourself. (more…)

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New photos have hit the internet featuring shots of the upcoming live-action Ghost in the Shell film. Despite the controversy surrounding Scarlett Johansson‘s casting as Major, filming is most definitely underway. The Johansson flick takes us deep within the pages of the insanely popular manga of the same name. The images, taken on location in Hong Kong, show Scarlett in her role as Major Motoko Kusanagi. The pics show a Chinese outdoor marketplace and the peculiar locals. We also get a glimpse of Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones) in his role as Batou. Is he rockin’ that flatop or what? (more…)