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New clip released for Ghost in the Shell starring Scarlett Johansson

11.14.2016

Anime-to-live action adaptations, at least in America, haven't had a good track record have they? DRAGONBALL, THE LAST AIRBENDER, SPEED RACER (a film which I love, but I know is at best divisive), etc. have all been critical and commercial disasters. While they've had better success in Japan (like the recent ATTACK ON TITAN adaptation), there's something that seems to literally be lost in translation on the way to being made in Hollywood.

However, here's hoping that GHOST IN THE SHELL, starring Scarlett Johansson as a badass cyborg, will be the one to break the spell. The trailer released last week was badass, and now we have a new clip from the film. Let's take a closer look, shall we?

Damn! Even accounting for the low-quality (it was shown for the press, who were allowed to film it on their cell-phones, which...whatever...) this continues to look great, at least aesthetically. Say what you will about director Rupert Sanders' previous film SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (and you can, that film was a f*cking mess), it at least was extremely beautiful to look at. 

However, there's the obvious nagging problem of the white-washing of the cast, which is a problem, whether people want to acknowledge it or not (especially if rumors are true that the production tried using CGI to make Johansson look "more Asian"). However, the director of the original anime - Mamoru Oshii - has given his blessing to the live-action film, so at least that can assuage most people's misgivings about Scarlett's casting (though it's understandable if other people remain pissed, especially Asian actors having problems finding significant roles in Hollywood).

As for me, I'm personally just glad that the film looks like it might be as deliberately-paced and contemplative as the original anime, rather than a rushed shoot-em-up the trailers promised. Let's hope that remains true.  

Either way, GHOST IN THE SHELL will jump-kick into theaters March 31st, 2017.

 

Extra Tidbit: GHOST IN THE SHELL spawned two sequel TV shows: S.A.C. (Stand Alone Complex) in 2002 and ARISE in 2015.
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