Rupert Sanders's GHOST IN THE SHELL Movie Teases Kusanagi, Self-Discovery And Aramaki At Point Blank Range


Alas, the first footage has finally arrived to promote the Paramount/Dreamworks release of the new sci-fi cyberpunk fantasy, Ghost In The Shell which opens in theaters on March 2017. And so with it, if you've been tuning in, returns the elephant in the room - the unnerving contention surrounding the casting with respect to its roots as a Japanese anime, and the ensuing topic of whitewashing Asian characters as per the usual practice of Hollywood.

Is it okay? Of course not. That said, if director Rupert Sanders can still manage to fuse a story together for its first-time iteration for the big screen, it'll be a win, even if it doesn't fly in the faces of those in protest since there's still a point to be made. Undoubtedly, lead actress Scarlett Johnansson, front and center as Major Motoko Kusanagi, is usually terrific at what she does on screen, and at any rate, we now have a few doses of footage to share courtesy of a new raft of mini teasers that aired on Wednesday night.
Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “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.
The film takes its cues from Shirow Masumane's late 80's manga and subsequent groundbreaking feature anime from director Oshii Mamoru. Its success led to a raft of spin-off amime shows, mangas and OVAs thereafter, including Kamiyama Kenji's 2002-2005 animated story arc, Stand Alone Complex; Sander's film centers itself loosely in that arc as further hinted by the addition of actor Michael Pitt who plays elite hacker and corporate terrorist, The Laughing Man.

Rounding out the cast is actress Juliette Binoche and actor Pilou Asbæk along with Momoi Kaori, Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Izumihara Yutaka and Tuwanda Manyimo, along with Fukushima Rila and Japanese superstar Beat Takeshi who plays Public Security Section 9 chief, Aramaki Daisuke.

The teasers in the player below don't show much and with zero explanation as to what viewers are looking at, but they do compel and continue to drive the conversation forward. Check them out below and should a full teaser arrive shortly after this post, I'll paste it in the space beneath.

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