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Scarlett Johansson as Major Kusanagi (Ghost in the Shell)

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Now, If I may.

 

 

It has been speculated and finally confirmed that Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow - Marvel Comic Movies and most recently Lucy) will star as Major Kusanagi in the upcoming live action film from Dreamworks: Ghost in the Shell.

 

Ghost in the Shell has been a long running Manga/Anime franchise in Japan that is critically acclaimed and has a large fan base. Set in the year ~2029, typically they follow the adventures of Major Kusanagi as an agent of Section 9 (a top secret agency thats focus in on cyber security). Being her body is fully prosthetic she possesses speed, strength and stamina above that of a normal human. Her brain is also cybernetic which allows for computer fast calculations and processing. Essentially she is a complete bad ass.

 

The series itself though isn't your run of the mill anime and presents controversial moral dilemmas and philosophies that leave you deep thought. 

 

Now for my purpose of making this thread:

 

First:

While Scarlett Johansson has proven to be able to play as a strong female character, is she the right pick for such a prominent role?

 

I see potential in her but it's still a toss up for me. Also I see many negative posts because Dreamworks didn't pick a Asian female to fill the role. While I agree that would have been ideal, is there really any Asian females that could fill that role? I do not think it's a case of "Hollywood Whitewashing" as I see posted, but rather they have picked the best well known actress that can strongly fill that role.

 

Second:

Do you think that Dreamworks can pull off a live action movie that is worthy to fit in the Ghost in the Shell universe? 

 

I think it's possible but it could go either way. Dreamworks has a good run of well made movies but they're not well versed in live action movies and they have never made a movie (to my knowledge) that has the potential to be as violent as the Ghost in the Shell franchise can be. I do not think it's them just grasping for something big and has a large fan base, I think it could go either way but I am currently giving them the benefit of the doubt.

 

 

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Dreamworks will foul it up, Mamoru Oshii has a very specific cinematography and minimalist style, they'll give this to one of the current crop

of talentless music video directors who has zero taste in anything and has no idea what the film is about or its philosophy and see it as an

excuse to do android on mecha action.

It's also quintessentially Japanese. They'll westernise it, gut it and have not one Japanese face in there.

By the time they're done Pacific Rim will look more like GITS than this version.

As bad an idea as adapting Akira, they will never capture that same lightning in a bottle.

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I would think that they would have learned their lesson in Dragon Ball.  Oh wait, that movie never happened.

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I don't think 'Ghost in the shell' is quintessentially Japanese in any sense of the word.

 

And I also don't see why it needs a live-action treatment. It's kind of ten minutes ago now, concept-wise.

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I have a huge amount of (maybe morbid?) curiosity for this. I don't have a problem with ScarJo being in it, i'm a bit of a fan of hers, but I do think it will be strange to hear people calling her "Kusanagi". Unless they change her name, which I imagine would never go down well with anyone.

I'd also have to disagree on it being "quintessentially Japanese". I think part of the reason why the first film was so successful was because of how accessible it is to people other than anime fans. Some aspects are Japanese and will probably get lost in Westernization, but I think with an open mind this may not turn out TOO bad. But maybe I'll end up eating my words. I probably will.

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Kusanagi is atypical for a Japanese woman, to say the least. She has no family and displays no family values, is anything but gentle and soft-spoken, kills without regret, drinks like a fish*, makes porn for money**, has very little respect or use for authority and breaks away from her organization to get into bed with an almost complete unknown for reasons we can barely fathom.

Hell. We don't even know whether her real name is Kusanagi, or that she is Japanese in the context of the original comic. She is a secret agent with a body which is either almost entirely, or in fact entirely artificial - including her brain. Maintaining her original identity would be entirely counterproductive to her job. Maybe her real name is Johnson, or Rosenstein, or Ivanieva, or Okeke, or Kim, or Sanchez, or Hussein.

* She gets a little drunk, so I guess her brain still has to be (partly) organic.

** Yes, really.

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It's official.

Hollywood is devoid of new ideas. 

 

Please, please, please please please Hollywood, don't mess it up.  :o  :no:  :no:

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As Neil Patrick Harris put it, it's about Hollywoods Best and Whitest...sorry....Brightest.

I'm not sure if it is what they call "whitewashing", but to give credit, Scarlet Johansson does have experience playing a badass female lead and has shown proficiency in doing so.  I just notice that there are not a lot of Asian in the lead roles in Hollywood.

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As Neil Patrick Harris put it, it's about Hollywoods Best and Whitest...sorry....Brightest.

I'm not sure if it is what they call "whitewashing", but to give credit, Scarlet Johansson does have experience playing a badass female lead and has shown proficiency in doing so.  I just notice that there are not a lot of Asian in the lead roles in Hollywood.

 

To be fair - not a lot of Caucasians in Asian cinema.

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As Neil Patrick Harris put it, it's about Hollywoods Best and Whitest...sorry....Brightest.

I'm not sure if it is what they call "whitewashing", but to give credit, Scarlet Johansson does have experience playing a badass female lead and has shown proficiency in doing so.  I just notice that there are not a lot of Asian in the lead roles in Hollywood.

 

To be fair - not a lot of Caucasians in Asian cinema.

 

Oh, you'd be surprised as how many caucasian pops up in asian cinema, particularly in Malaysian and Thai cinema.  What I meant is that when the plot requires a caucasian to be cast, they do so.  I've seen my fair share of Asian Cinema, and they do cast a lot of Americans and British in their movies.  I'm not saying that all of Hollywood is white washing their movies.  I'd like to cite the Last Samurai as an example where they did a good job.  It's just that there are too many Asian actors being cast only on Stereotypical roles.  Chow Yun Fat for example.  It's a shame he never made it big in Hollywood.  If you'd seen all of his Hong Kong Movies, he was way cool.

 

Oh, wait, we're getting off topic here.  Anyway, it's going to be interesting to see how they treat Ghost in the Shell.

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Ghost in the Shell should be arthouse, anyway. It's about alienation, the definition of what it means to be human, indeed the definition of life, posthumanism, the slippery moral slope and the general meaningfulness of human action. If they make it all-action then there really isn't any point at all.

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Ghost in the Shell should be arthouse, anyway. It's about alienation, the definition of what it means to be human, indeed the definition of life, posthumanism, the slippery moral slope and the general meaningfulness of human action. If they make it all-action then there really isn't any point at all.

 

I agree with that point!  Ghost In The Shell should be a arthouse production, the only reason why Hollywood is interested in pursuing it is because it has a extremely large fan base!

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They'd just screw it up. I'd rather it stay an anime series....

 

I think everybody would prefer to stick with the anime movies and series.

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Doesn't the Major get naked a fair bit? C'mon Scarlet commit to the roll :-)

 

In the original movie, yes and in the squeal Innocence.  However in the Stand Alone Complex and Arise spin offs, no.

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Well, the movie has been out for a while now and nobody addressed it I guess, so...

- It's a prequel

- They lampshaded the fact Johansen is not Asian and, as it transpires, the Major is

- It's pretty good. Not super-great.

- The Japanese didn't give a toss that she's played by an American.

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I enjoyed the film. I think the visuals were stunning and it was in good taste , not going TOO far from the source material, which Hollywood loves to do. Scarlett did a good job I say, she's quite a dry actor anyway, which suited the role, for me.

Pretty darn good for a Western take of an Animation.

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