Often, live-action Hollywood adaptations of Japanese works such as Dragon Ball and Tekken have become massive failures due to the lack of consultation and supervision from the works’ original creators. However, for the Hollywood adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, three of the people who worked on the anime, Mamoru Oshii, Kenji Kamiyama, and Kenji Kawai, actually went to Hong Kong to visit the filming, which stars Scarlett Johansson as “The Major”, or the film’s version of Motoko Kusanagi.
Thanks to the GITS cast&crew for having M.Oshii, K.Kawai, K.Kamiyama on set & for their respect towards their work. pic.twitter.com/HYpq7pKb1Z
— Production I.G (@ProductionIGinc) June 27, 2016
Ghost in the Shell original director and writer, Mamoru Oshii, Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex director and writer, Kenji Kamiya, and Ghost in the Shell musical composer, Kenji Kawai, all visited the set in Hong Kong, and posed with the film’s stars, including Scarlett Johansson herself.
The trio also spoke with director Rupert Sanders about the movie, as well as Scarlett Johansson. Several new set images have also surfaced during the filming, as well as the Japanese trio’s visit to the set. The images were taken at the Yung Shue Tau and theTin Hau Temple in Kowloon.
The apparent “White Washing” of the roles have drawn much controversy, however, Kodansha executives back in Japan “White Washing” the role never expected an Asian or Japanese actress to play the role of Motoko Kusanagi, who is considered one of the most iconic Japanese anime characters in history. In fact, the Japanese netizens really did not care much about the role going to a non-Japanese.
Snow White and the Huntsman director, Rupert Sanders is at the helm of the project as director, and DreamWorks Pictures producing the movie. DreamWorks executive and legendary director, Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, E.T., Indiana Jones) is a huge fan of the original anime movie and has wanted this project to be realized for a long time now, and with the filming of the classic manga already started, Spielberg is finally getting what he wants.
So what do you think of Scarlett Johansson possibly playing Motoko Kusanagi? Will this go the “Edge of Tomorrow” route and be a huge success, or will this go the “Dragon Ball Evolution” route and fail miserably? Only time will tell so let’s keep our fingers crossed.
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Ghost in the Shell anime directors visit live-action Hollywood movie"s set in Hong Kong