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Ghost in the Shell Movie Behind-the-Scenes Emerge




Former Mythbuster Adam Savage has visited the Weta Workshop in New Zealand to get a look at the various robo-geisha props used throughout the highly controversial Ghost in the Shell movie, bound to at least prove fascinating for even those still upset at the movie’s casting of non-Asian actors and general divorcedness from the source material.

The 13-minutes of behind-the-scenes footage:

The Ghost in the Shell movie will premier March 31st.

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  • Anonymous says:

    This strikes me as that thing where Hollywood shoves something Japanesey like Geishas into the film somewhere, to make up for removing every other Japanese thing. Do they think international audiences wouldn’t be able to accept an Asian female protagonist? So much for the “diversity” that they never stop babbling about.

    Have to wonder if it’s more difficult to find a decent Japanese actress who can speak English, than to make all these Japanese props. That girl who Nioh’s Okatsu was based on can speak Japanese and English, so that’s already one example.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s based on the stuff from the 2nd GITS movie, which personally I disliked for the same reasons.

      The 2nd movie didn’t follow Masamune’s style, and instead went with a strange film-noir/retro look for everything. The geisha’s had clockwork looking parts and ridiculous ball joints in a world where synthetic muscle and nano-scale bio-mechanics existed. Bato for some reason travelled around in a car that looked like it belonged in a mafia movie, and used a M60 as his weapon (which would have nearly been a priceless antique with out of production ammunition during the timeline). The plot was all nonsensical pretentiousness, trying to imitate the depth of the original work, but without any genuine intelligence to it. Dumb misplaced style, and no substance or grounding.

      I can’t blame the new movie team referencing this stuff, since they’re just trying to be true to the source for once. But in my opinion they should have ignored GITS2 entirely.

      • I feel the same way about the first – haven’t seen the second. Oshii did the same thing to GITS that he did to Urusei Yatsura and Patlabor – he sucked the depth out of it and made it bitter and humorless, robbing the characters of their humanity.

        The original manga was dense as hell, sure, but the movie was such a small sliver of the story when it came down to it. Most of the supporting cast become props, assuming they even make the cut to the movie.

        For this reason I think I’m pretty receptive to the idea of a Hollywood version. I’ve never seen it get an anime adaptation right, but all GITS has going for it so far as the PSX game, and SAC came close, but was drier than the Sahara.

  • Anonymous says:

    Guess there is one thing the weebs can’t whine about, those props are fucking mint. Same dudes who did the LOTR movies and they still hold up all these years later. Movie might be complete dreck but it should have an impressive visual style at the very least.

  • Anonymous says:

    Always wondered why GItS included all these scenes showing “oh no, you thought it was a cute looking girl and forgot that its actually an android – Just Look at all these gross wires and machinery under the skin!”.

    Is that supposed to be shocking or unnerving, somehow unnatural (cuz even if they look like people they arent people dude! they different!) and making the viewer uncomfortable?

    The question is why would viewers be uncomfortable.
    Just because its a cyborg?
    But that doesnt make sense to me, if they were fully biological and showing a bunch broken bones, flesh and other stuff in place of machinery it would look no better. Maybe worse actually.

    So whats their excuse for showing what would in any other setting be a bunch of guro shit?
    Cuz that is the shocking part in these scenes, not the fact they are mechanical and not bio.

    Are they trying to play on the cyborg-phobia reactions with this, or is this totally opposite – some visual porn for technophiles and people actually get turned on by this?

    • That’s one reason why I always preferred YOKOHAMA KAIDASHI KIKOU: as far as I can remember, Hitoshi Ashinano never dehumanized the human-like androids by showing their “guts”.

      Even when Alpha got struck by lightning and needed to be repaired, it was portrayed as surgery and you only got tiny hints of what was happening (like a machine printing out fresh skin)

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank the politically correct and leftists who take care of the media and hollywood ..
      At every sexy scene a splash of feminist whining ..
      That’s why Japanese anime should stay away from the butchers of the West !!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Forewarning; never watched GitS only know the gists of it.

      I assume it’s to continuously remind you of uncanny valley, just in case you started getting used to the machines enough to start projecting that their more than what they are.

      • Anonymous says:

        If you do ever watch it, I recommend skipping the 2nd movie by the way. It was a strange departure from the authors personal style and vision of the setting, and was a misguided imitation trying too hard to be “exotic”. Replaces a subtle and nuanced plot with a nonsensically pretentious one.

        Or alternatively, since boycotting something due to a single stranger’s opinion on the internet is rarely a sensible policy, at least don’t let it put you off of watching the others if you do watch it. The rest of the series goes back to the aesthetic and themes of the original material.