Review: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

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Rupert Sanders’ Ghost in the Shell plays up to hyper-connection and disconnection felt from our own world, being so drenched in the constant techno-stream. Through the lens, everyone else seems to belong somewhere. The memories ourselves and others present to emulate that same belonging could just as well be fantasy, or mere glitches in our […]

Ghost in the Shell anime actors return to record live-action film’s Japanese dub

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Happy as we may or may not be with the casting of the live-action Ghost in the Shell, the film’s Japanese dub will at least feature some welcome voices. Returning from the classic anime released in 1995, Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Otsuka and Koichi Yamadera will voice the Major, Batou and Togusa, respectively. But will there be […]

The new punks: updating the sci-fi of Ghost in the Shell

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Nineties nostalgia sees the collective consciousness turn to simpler times; the pre-digital age that was a cornerstone in speculative fiction. It was the decade that gave rise to the cyberpunk subgenre and its pluckier, more optimistic cousin – the Y2K aesthetic. Here, distant futures were exactly that, and the world we’ve evolved into is a […]

Live-action Ghost in the Shell’s first full trailer unveiled

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It’s here at last, the first two-minute trailer for the live-action Ghost in the Shell. Leading in with an introduction by our Major, Scarlett Johansson, we can see a few familiar scenes play out in miniature, standing up for those claims that it’s faithful to Mamoru Oshii’s anime movie. But at the same time, we’re faced […]

Update: Scarlett Johansson interview on set of Ghost in the Shell follows new teaser

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The Entertainment Tonight news programme caught up with Scarlett Johansson for an interview on the set of the live-action Ghost in the Shell. In this first official look at the New Zealand shoots that began in January, Johansson ducks and dives in a gunfight beside her co-star Pilou Asbæk as Batou. All in all, this one action scene […]

Mamoru Oshii and Stand Alone Complex director visit live-action Ghost in the Shell set

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Original Ghost in the Shell movie director Mamoru Oshii, Stand Alone Complex director Kenji Kamiyama, and composer for the first two films Kenji Kawai, dropped in to visit the set of the Hollywood live-action adaptation of Oshii’s film in June. They spoke with the Paramount/DreamWorks feature’s director Rupert Sanders, and the centre of the whitewashing controversy Scarlett Johansson, who portrays […]

News: Hollywood’s Ghost in the Shell producer addresses casting controversy

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Steven Paul, the producer of Paramount and DreamWorks’ Ghost in the Shell, has spoken in response to the controversy over the casting of Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi. Despite the understandable frustration over many aspects of the original Japanese character being erased, with Johansson’s character known only as “the Major”, Paul defends the decision, saying in an […]

Review: Ghost in the Shell ARISE Borders 3 and 4

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Seeing just how Major Motoko Kusanagi met and formed her oddball law enforcement team was a hope granted with the release of Ghost in the Shell: ARISE, but producing the dreaded prequel-to-a-classic in the shadow of Mamoru Oshii’s movie was no less a risk for the demand. Thankfully, the OVA achieves the state of visibly […]