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The following unconfirmed photo leaks for the Ghost in the Shell live action film, have been making the rounds on sites spanning across Asia today, including the more major ones like Apple Daily.

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Via: Oricon
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In case the name didn't ring a bell, Mamoru Oshii directed some of the most unforgettable anime we've available at our disposal, to date. From Patlabor to Avalon to Ghost in the Shell, Oshii's left behind a legacy not to be forgotten; and set a standard, we can only hope inspires up and coming anime directors. In a recent interview with Oricon, the 64-year-old Oshii explained a bit about why he's no longer interested in directing anime:

“Making anime is also the world of the artisan,” Oshii explained. “I’m the kind who wants do my own part 120 percent with perfection, but because if I’m allowed to do that, the whole work will head towards ruin, so I think 90 percent is okay.”

“However,” Oshii went on to say, “the number of people within this country able to work with such high precision is less than 5 percent. The younger generation is more individualistic, and while the world appreciates how good their art has become, they’re unable to do exhausting work like their older predecessors. The biggest reason why I’ve stopped making anime is because the people who I can do [anime] with are disappearing.”
japanese actor beat takeshi joins western ghost in the shell movie
Via: Headlines
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You remember that Ghost in the Shell adaptation starring Scarlet Johansson? You know, the one that sparked a petition to stop white-washing anime characters in Western films? Well, now a real life Japanese actor/direct/comedian, Beat Takeshi has signed on to the film to play chief of Public Security Section 9, Daisuke Aramaki.

Though Takeshi is not a fan of anime, he took the role because Aramaki "is a fascinating person who gives off a unique presence, and... is at the core of the characters' relationships." As far as what the rest of the characters in this adaptation hold, details are scarce; we know Scarlet Johansson is playing protagonist and cyborg Motoko Kusanagi, but we don't know if the character will be adapted to fit the, uh, distinct racial differences between Johansson and the character that appears in the anime and manga.

The film is currently slated for a March 2017 release.

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