Toho has announced the long-awaited Blu-ray disc of Mamoru Oshii's 1984 anime film Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer will be finally released in Japan on January 21, 2015. The news was once announced in the end of 2008, but it was mysteriously cancelled (not postponed) due to "various reasons." Hit the jump for more details.
Garm Wars The Last Druid, the new live-action/"hybrid animation" movie from Ghost in the Shell anime director Mamoru Oshii makes its premiere at the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival, which runs the last week of October. Bandai Namco has posted a trailer for this unique project, which was shot with English dialog in Canada then image processed by Production I.G Inc. and a Canadian team.
Tokyo International Film Festival has revealed the full line-up for its special invitation films for this year. According to the list, the festival will host the world premiere screening of acclaimed anime director Mamoru Oshii's latest live-action feature film GARM WARS The Last Druid. Hit the jump for more information.
Leading into a showcase at Tokyo Game Show and a fall launch, preregistration has opened for Fuji & Gumi's free-to-play smartphone strategy RPG Phantom of the Kill. What's particularly interesting about this fantasy themed game is that internationally acclaimed anime director Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor, Sky Crawlers) will be helming its opening movie.
Fantasia International Film Festival—which takes place in Montreal from July 17 to August 5—recently shot out a press release announcing its first wave of programming, unveiling its poster art, and more. Among the events and screenings is a special tribute to director Mamoru Oshii, who will be a recipient of Fantasia's Lifetime Achievement Award on opening night. Hit the jump for more.
It is officially confirmed today at Japan Expo in Paris that Mamoru Oshii, one of the original creators of the Mobile Police Patlabor anime series, will join the production of the upcoming live action adaptation project of Patlabor. The project was announced in March this year. Hit the jump for more details.
Maiden Japan has announced its acquisition of the classic political police action-comedy Patlabor. The original 7 episode OVA series is directed by Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell). Maiden Japan will be distributing Patlabor in conjunction with home video distributor Section 23 with the original OVA series to be released in bilingual English DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats. More after the jump.
Director Kim Jee-woon, who will soon be making his English language debut in Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle The Last Stand, has signed on to direct a Korean live action adaptation of anime movie Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade. The 1999 feature, directed by Hiroyuki Okiura, recasts the story of Little Red Riding Hood in the fascist Japan of Ghost in the Shell director Mamoru Oshii's Kerberos saga. More after the jump.
Ghost in the Shell director Mamoru Oshii is now moving on English live action military sci-fi thriller The Last Druid: Garm Wars, but the film, planned for 2014, has been gestating over the course of 15 years. Several short pilots were produced as a precursor to test ways in which anime effects could be integrated with live action. See a sample of one of these prototypes after the jump.
After extending their goal to $200,000 to cover an English dub with Richard Epcar (Ghost in the Shell's Batou) and LA premiere sponsored by Titmouse Animation Studios (Metalocalypse) the Kickstarter crowded fund raiser for Masaaki Yuasa (Tatami Galaxy,Mind Game) and Production I.G's (Ghost in the Shell) pro-wrestling love story anime Kick-Heart succeeded in raising $201,164. See GiTS director Mamoru Oshii comment on the revolutionary project after the jump.
During the talk between Mamoru Oshii (Mobile Police Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell) and Toshio Suzuki (Studio Ghibli producer) live-streaming on Nico Nico Namahousou last night, Suzuki asked Oshii about the rumor that Oshii was recently working on the live-action adaptation film of Patlabor. Hit the jump for more details.