SCARLETT JOHANSSON stars in futuristic thriller Ghost in the Shell
(tonight, Channel 4, 9pm) as The Major, a human-cyborg hybrid.
Based on a cult Japanese comic series, Ghost in the Shell
is a visually arresting thriller, hardwired with big philosophical questions about the fragility of the human condition and the ripple effect of our actions.
Manga fans are eagerly awaiting the new Ghost in the Shell
, created in the wake of several Japanese animation films that have been breaking through to mainstream film since 1995.
The highly anticipated 'Ghost in the Shell
' live action film adaptation has finally hit theaters here in the Philippines yesterday, with the country being among the first five in the world (with France, Belgium, South Korea and Indonesia) to screen it.
But then Ghost In The Shell
taxes the mind more than most.
It's the opening scene of the animated Japanese film Ghost in the Shell
(1995), but you don't have to know the movie to recognize it.
(The physical home for the Annlee project is a production facility in Paris, coordinated by the fortuitously named artist Anna-Lena Vaney.) "No Ghost" is, of course, an unveiled reference to the classic 1995 anime film Ghost in the Shell
. It's 2029: Major Motoko Kusanagi is a typically hypersensualized cyborg reconstruction retaining only half her original human brain (in train-spotting otaku circles, her age is said to be thirty-something, though her robot body replicates a twenty-year-old).
'Ghost in the Shell
' opens in Philippine theaters on March 29.
Parreno and Huyghe's play on the title of the famous manga "Ghost in the Shell
" emphasizes the initial absence of any character traits: Ann Lee is a simple container waiting to be filled.
Adam Savage, famed Mythbusters host and geek, visits the Weta Workshop in New Zealand for Tested to take a behind the scenes look at some of the practical effects employed in the live-action adaptation of 'Ghost in the Shell
Either way, all doubts and questions will either be confirmed or put to rest when 'Ghost in the Shell
' premieres on March 31.