In just a week, Paramount Pictures will release the Sci-Fi Ghost in Shell in cinemas. But to please enthusiastic fans until then, the studio released a lengthy peek, introduced the stylistic film introduction.
The 4-minute and 40-second videos can not evoke the Matrix or Blade Runner, as well as many of the images we’ve seen before in suspense films, such as geisha-inspired robots, future city views and a truly stunning set of designs. But that does not mean they do not offer anything new … because they are more of a clip rather than a trailer, viewers can get a better understanding of the tone of the film than before, as well as slightly taste the roles of characters in their story.
Based on an extremely popular anime series written and illustrated by Shannon Masamon, Ghost in the Shell sees Scarlett Johansson playing lead character Motoko Kusanagi, aka Major, a special Cyborg who works under Section 9; a task force dealing with the most dangerous criminals and extremists.
It’s safe to say, Paramount has a somewhat point to prove when it comes to the promo of Ghost in Shell. Since the casting was announced, Johansson was associated with the leading role, accused many loyal fans of Japanese source material as “whitening” and condemned to be the main white actor plays a leading role. However, it seems that the dedication of the studio to maintain the original feeling managed to gain some more skeptics.
Meanwhile, Mamoru Oshi, the filmmaker behind anime film version of Ghost in the Shell previously supported Johansson in this role. Sam Yoshiba, the director of Kodansha, the company with chain rights, also urged Johansson to be good. “I’ve been feeling Cyberbank,” he told the Hollywood reporter. “We never imagined being a Japanese actress in the first place … This is an opportunity to own Japanese property all over the world,” he said.
Directed by Robert Sanders, as well as starring Chen Han, Belo Aspek, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Pinochet and Michael Pitt as Kouz’s opponent, and is currently scheduled to be released in Shell in both the United Kingdom and the United States on March 31.