Thursday, August 25, 2016

Leaked Character Images of “live” action #GITS film

“Leaked” live action cast pics of actors in their character designs for GHOST IN THE SHELL, including The Major (Scarlett Johansson), Ishikawa (Lasarus Ratuere), Togusa (Chin Han), Saito (Yutaka Izumihara), Borma (Tawanda Manyimo), Batou (Pilou Asbæk), and Aramaki (Takeshi Kitano).

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Pics of Scarlett Johansson as the "Major" on-set

Regardless if you've gotten over (or not) actress Scarlett Johansson being cast as the "Major", here are a coupla snaps of her on-set while filming for the live action film - courtesy of pics via HK01 + Apple Daily (bywayof JoBlo), whom we see her amongst the street-level denizens of (perhaps) "Ghost City" (?).

WHO-IS: "Major Motoko Kusanagi is the main protagonist in Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell anime and manga series. She is an augmented-cybernetic human employed as the squad leader of Public Security Section 9, a fictional law-enforcement division of the real Japanese National Public Safety Commission. Being strong-willed, physically powerful, and highly intelligent, she is well known for her skills in deduction and hacking. Kusanagi's various incarnations in the manga, movies, and TV series all portray her differently. Since each of these has an independent storyline, Kusanagi's physical and mental characteristics have been modified in different ways to reflect the focus of each respective story." (IMDb)

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Seen on the set of the live action #GhostInTheShell film - featuring (above left-to-right): Rupert Sanders, Scarlett Johansson, Mamoru Oshii, Tricky, Kenji Kamiyama, and Kenji Kawai. Now THIS is a truly "power" pic! (Pic via @ProductionIGinc)

In the www sites and Wikipedia, it has been mentioned Scarlett is playing the "Major", but on IMDb she is listed as playing "Kusanagi".

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Pilou Asbæk as "Batou"

In the live-action feature film adaptation, the character of cyborg "Batou" is played by Danish actor Johan Philip "Pilou" Asbæk, and thanks to paparazzi-snaps via HK01 + Apple Daily (bywayof JoBlo), we get to see the white-hair gent in character and on-set, sporting a crew cut, looking like his 1995 anime-self (The pony-tail is in the "Stand Along Complex" animated series), looking very much like a "greasy" European gangster or underling, IMHO…

"Batou" to me, has always been the subtle and stoic badass character, who has a soft-spot for the Major, but will kick anyone else's asses otherwise! Hope the film character can hold his own, instead of being a sidekick, IMO.

… what is "missing" here is his "signature" (well, at least to me) cyborg-eye "attachments"…

WHO-IS: "Batou (バトー Batō?) is a main male character in the Ghost in the Shell series, the second-best melee fighter in Section 9, and is the second in command under Major Motoko Kusanagi. While his name is officially romanized as "Batou", in some copies of the first film's subtitles and credits, it is spelled "Bateau" (the French word for "boat")."

#GhostCity - Street Level behind-the-scenes & anime

We get a behind-the-scenes look at the street-level scenes filmed in the live-action adaptation of GITS (all posted above), courtesy of pics via HK01 + Apple Daily (bywayof JoBlo), which essentially shows more of the "costumes" and clothes worn by the folks in the movie, with slight glimpses of the (existing) cityscape which ay or may not include CGI later in post-production.

Featured below are scenes of what has become to be known as the "Ghost City" from the 1995 anime, which in turn is modeled on Hong Kong, in a dystopian "future".

Sometimes (but not too often), I'd imagine GITS' streets are the harbinger of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, seen in perpetual "night".

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence DVD Covers

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Ghost In The Shell VCD - Memorabilia of Memories

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Snaps of both the front and back cover of the "Ghost In The Shell" 1995 film in VCD (*Video Compact Disc) - still wrapped and unopened! This was a purchase from yeaaaars back, even though I had DVD, but wanted a keepsake lol ... funny how "technology" might have advanced since the days of VCD, but the notion of needing to own a piece of "memorabilia" out-weights the advance of the future, grasping at a memory of the splendid experience of watching the film, encapsulated in a item in-hand or on a display case ... because a memory in the mind, might not be enough, and you'd like to be reminded about it, once in a while ... a Memorabilia of Memories.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Ghost in the Shell "Live"-Action Film Photo Released - Scarlett Johansson as "Major Motoko Kusanagi"

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PREMISE: "Cyborg Major Motoko Kusanagi (Johansson) and her intelligence agency, Section 9, thwart cyber criminals and hackers. Now, they must face a new enemy who will stop at nothing to sabotage Hanka Robotic's Artificial Intelligence technology." (Wiki)

If you are unfamiliar with the news by now, Hollywood is adapting Japanese anime "Ghost In The Shell" as a "live" action feature film, and for the lead role of "Major Motoko Kusanagi", she will be played by Scarlett Johansson. Yes, you read that right. Folks on my Instagram has some choice opinions about the casting choice;
"White wash is on a all time high." (@cashamillanimeboy)

"She must've been adopted." (@xrsidex)
Well, at least they stuck to the "purple", even if it's only the highlight of her hair … *rolls-eyes*

To be directed by Rupert Sanders (infamous by now for porking Kirsten Stewart while filming "Snow White and the Huntsman"), DreamWorks Pictures helms this feature, with Paramount Pictures releasing the film on March 31, 2017 (USA).

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