Here's The First Trailer For Ghost In The Shell

Video: After months of controversy surrounding the live-action Ghost in the Shell, we finally have something more fun to talk about. At a live event in Tokyo, the first trailer was unveiled to the world, and it's pretty fantastic.

Fans of the manga turned anime will notice plenty of throwbacks to those works, with lots of new stuff blended in. Plus star Scarlett Johansson really seems to nail the human inside, cyborg outside of her character Major. Check it out.

We'll have much, much more on the trailer and Ghost in the Shell later this week.

The film, which stars Scarlett Johansson, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, and Michael Pitt, opens March 31, 2017



    Well damn, that looks pretty goddamn faithful...

      Looks faithful but didn't sound faithful. It's been a while since I saw the original but I am pretty sure the plot was not about the identity of the major.
      Unfortunately, it's given me a bit of a Batman vs Superman vibe.

        I've learnt over the years to not judge a movie by it's trailer. Usually they're pieced together in a manner to just capture glimpses, and rarely accurate ones, of the flashpoints of the movie rather than any actual depth. Besides, it's not out til March, we've got a few more trailers til then. I don't think it'll reach the depth the anime did, but who knows.

          I saw enough scenes that replicate the original to be optimistic about this.

        It's not a live action remake of the 1995 film, it allegedly takes elements from the entire franchise. The series and Manga explore the Majors past more than the films did.

        Well they wouldn't just make a like action version of the anime because that would be pointless so a divergence is reasonable. The BvS vide is a bit of a stretch because even the trailer for that movie is was garbage.

      Yes, it LOOKS pretty faithful but it complete misses the point story and concept wise. Kusanagi always knows who she was. Her past was like the briefcase in Pulp Fiction. And her personal life was hardly any of the viewer's business. We get hints.
      Her inner turmoil is to do with her humanity and how much of her self is actually hers now. It's about collective consciousness. Not this cliche fotgotten/fake past crap.


        I'll wait til I've seen the movie before I pass judgment kthxbye.

        Well, I agree with you at least! Kinda silly that everyone gets so excited because it has nice visuals. Anything related to story here was wonky sounding at best.

        You don't deserve these down votes. You've given your opinion and backed it up with reasoning that is phrased in such a way that everyone can at least understand the thinking behind it. The only thing you messed up with was the 0/10 score. This isn't Metacritic user reviews buddy.

        Actually, you're the one who completely missed the point story and concept wise.

        Ghost in the Shell is fundamentally a work about issues of identity, both in general and in transhuman framing terms.

        It's in the name, for crying out loud.

        It's about consistently asking questions about identity, breaking down the fixed associations people have about gender, culture, memory and experience.

        And that's why there have been numerous 're-imaginings' of GITS, each quite different from the other. They all have Shirow's blessing as that was his intent - to look at it from continually different angles. Nothing is set in stone, it's all up for review and re-casting.

        It sounds like you're focusing on one of the various incarnations of GiTS and ignoring the others due to your personal preference. While you're welcome to do that, it prevents you from making these kinds of authoritative comments.

        If you want to wave around credentials, yes, I own all the manga, attended the very first screening in Australia of the original GiTS and have consumed all the other content as well. If you haven't, I suggest you do so that you get a more complete understanding.


          Nah. I get that you went to a screening of the original film. I saw Bowie live once. Didn't mean my left eye changed colour.

          I think you kinda over simplified the premise in order to enjoy it. It is far more visceral than your spiel. The manga, despite being the seminal format, was less psychological. I'm not gonna regail you with how much GiTS I've consumed. You should be able to assume from the post. But despite continuity, the characterisation was consistent. This is not. You just want it to be. Because that's easier.

            There is no 'premise', that is the point. There is a 'premise' to each adaptation.

            And I'm assuming you've seen the film to know that it's all about 'cliche fotgotten/fake past crap'?

            Because otherwise you're ranting off a teaser that may have nothing at all to do with the actual story of the film.

      Ive read its more to do with SAC, so seeing GitS movie scenes in a SAC setting is all kinds of wrong

    Looks great...I am still a bit hesitant about her performance though since it seems to be the same no matter what movie she is in.

      You're not wrong. I think that might be the reason they cast her. She's got a very dopey look about her, like she's not fully compos. You'd believe she was an android in pretty much any film she's been in.

        Pretty sure they cast her caus she's a marketable name and will be a massive seat filler by name alone :)

      And her saturation across so many films makes it hard to see her for her characters.

      Either way, I'm looking forward to, Johansson Wig Flick 5: The Wiggening

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    Charming remarks in here. Ghostbusters all over again.

      You just don't understand. Their issues are *definitely* accuracy related. They're just super passionate about literary accuracy.

      (FWIW, I don't think this particular comments section has been that bad. Other threads/websites though, oh boy...)

      lol wut?

      There are literally no comments anywhere here that have anything at all to do with being upset about a woman being cast instead of a man. Wouldn't exactly make sense for this franchise/character.

      AFAICT the casting outrage has been more to do with the fact that they didn't choose a Japanese actress for the role which... shouldn't social progressives be on that side? Since non-white people are under-represented in film?

      Or is it not okay to criticise any casting choice, ever?

      Maybe that's not even what you meant, but if it wasn't I have even less of an idea of what you're talking about.

        Cultural appropriation something something...

        Nah, social progressives reserve the right to pick and choose the targets of their outrage. There just isn't enough of it to go around!

      Say wha, who's a female now?

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    I just get the feeling that this will end up like Aeon Flux. Animation with a female lead ends up becoming live action with a famous leading actress and ends up a flop.

    Yeah, I'm not feeling this yet. What was interesting about Ghost in the Shell was how the blurred lines between human and machine ended up smashing what we thought of as the self. None of that's coming through here. We have 'evil' robots and people with guns, and the Major in stealth, and even some lesbian kissing, but what we don't have yet is the point of Ghost in the Shell.

    On the other hand, it's a Sony trailer and Sony's trailers are completely non-indicative of the quality of the final product.

    Looks like it may be a good movie. A good Ghost in the Shell movie though? I'd have to be convinced a little more. There's a bunch of iconic scenes taken from all over the place (ie. The movies, manga and series) but the overall feeling is that they're there to convince you that it's a Ghost in the Shell movie rather than being part of a proper GitS plotline. They're also using material from at least two different GitS universes so it's going to be a completely unique story and from the voiceover, one that feels like it may miss the original philosophies.

      I'm sure you're right. Hard to make an 'action blockbuster' that does justice to philosophical concepts. The price the public has to pay to get all the gorgeous CG in these films.

    Surprise, surprise, her body is indeed completely artificial so the whole "whitewashing" complaint is moot. Oh wait, this wasn't a surprise to anybody who actually knew the material being referenced as opposed to all the knee-jerky people that pretended to know what is being faithful to the original like.

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