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Live Action Jin-Roh Coming? How About More Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex?

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Anime News Network reports that Production I.G Vice-President Maki Terashima-Furuta has acknowledged a comment made at Production I.G's Anime Expo convention panel, stating "somebody has the live-action rights, and somebody was planning to make a live-action Jin-Roh, but at the moment, I have no comment." Written by Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell movies, Sky Crawlers), but directed by Hiroyuki Okiura, the anime film is set within Oshii's Kerberos saga, an alternate history of a totalitarian Japan moving from the 1940's to the 21st century, centered around armored anti-riot, anti-revolutionary police. From the provocative entry in The Japanamerican Devil Jin Roh n: A brilliant film about what might happen if Japan lost World War II. Actually, Japan did lose World War II. So this film is about what would happen if Japan lost World War II to Japan's friends - the Germans. It's horrible and beautiful in equal doses. And it makes you think: maybe Japan did lose the war to its friends - the Americans - and they took over everything. Set in the 1950's, Jin-Roh follows Kerberos Panzer Cops member Kazuki Fuse, who is assigned to be retrained after failing to shoot a bomber known as a Little Red Riding Hood. The anime was released on DVD and Blu-ray (good luck finding the latter) in North America by Bandai Entertainment and VIZ Media. Speaking of Production I.G at Anime Expo, according to ANN, the company rep responded to questions about the possibility of more Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex anime saying they expect the project to happen, but that the director is currently tied up in other projects. Stand Alone Complex director Kenji Kamiyama has recently been working on "fantapolitical thriller" Eden of The East. An 11 episode anime TV series has completed and two movies are on the way.

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  • July 7, 2009, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Leave the live action alone but....

    by Aloy

    yes to more anime!

  • July 7, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST

    No-one posts here apparently

    by donkey_lasher

    So Firsting isn't cool

  • July 7, 2009, 12:47 p.m. CST

    GitS:SAC! YAY!

    by M Bison

    Looking forward to more Ghost in the Shell. Kusanagi, Batou, Togusa and the gang! WOOT!

  • July 7, 2009, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Live action

    by Mr.FTW

    I just wonder why HBO and Showtime won't option some anime titles for live action series as opposed to the continual sex fetish shows they continue to produce. A 2-3 season Stand Alone Complex for example could be really cool.

  • July 7, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST

    "And it makes you think..."

    by seppukudkurosawa

    "maybe Japan did lose the war to its friends - the Americans - and they took over everything."<p> Howzzat for gratitude? America goes and cancels your national debt, despite the fact that you were their enemies, whilst squeezing England for every last penny for daring to ask for help fighting Hitler, and all you can do is kvetch about them "taking over everything"!<p> I'm kinda being tongue-in-cheek, but there's something to that. I guess Japan was being rewarded for being such good little capitalists.

  • July 7, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST

    And by "cancel your national debt"

    by seppukudkurosawa

    I mean they actually gave you millions and millions to help rebuild Japan.

  • July 7, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Mickey Rourke dream casting for Batou

    by Mysterious_Volvo

  • July 7, 2009, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Aren't there already live action JIN ROH Films?

    by Solrider77

    I could have sworn that the live action films RED SPECTACLES and STRAY DOG, both directed by JIN ROH creator Oshii, had covered the same ground as the anime. Seems kinda redundant to do another one.

  • July 7, 2009, 1:21 p.m. CST

    can't slice each other up with swords forever!

    by HaterofCrap

    silly plot...

  • July 7, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Scott Green & Co.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Any word on Spielberg's intentions and development of a live action GITS?<P>"Mickey Rourke dream casting for Batou."<P>Not bad at all.

  • July 7, 2009, 1:34 p.m. CST

    re: Solrider77

    by ScottGreen

    Red Spectacles and Stray Dog are also part of the Kerberos Saga. As is Fast Food Drifters. Given that Production I.G aren't elaborating on their comment, it's mostly a matter of tea leaf reading to determine what they mean when they refer to a Jin-Roh adaptation

  • July 7, 2009, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Kenji Kamiyama

    by Prof_Ender

    He also directed MORIBITO: GUARDIAN OF THE SPIRIT. Which is a damn fine fantasy-action series. That's available stateside via Media Blasters. Between that, GITS:SAC, and EDEN OF THE EAST, this guy's definitely a director worth noting.

  • July 7, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST

    HaterofCrap- tell that to HIGHLANDER!!!

    by Mike_D

    oh yes

  • July 7, 2009, 2:17 p.m. CST

    So I've been watching SAC

    by maelstrom_ZERO

    <p>And having never been exposed to Ghost in the Shell before (yes, a capital offense, I know), the first four episodes I've seen are pretty interesting.</p> <p>I really like the fact that it has a whole Rainbow Six/Law and Order vibe in a cyberpunk setting. Granted, it's not something I've ever really considered or seen before, but it works out surprisingly well.</p>

  • July 7, 2009, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one...

    by foxthebloodied

    Who found Jin-Roh quite boring? I nearly fell aslep during it. Was I just being dense or not in the right frame of mind or is it actually dull?

  • July 7, 2009, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Sometimes, I can't help but wonder...

    by LargoJr

    ... if Japanese production companies produce features with the express intent of foisting them off onto American fanboy audiences who strain at the leash yelping and crying for the next tidbit of film, regardless of its quality (or lack there-of). <p> I suppose in the end, the point is moot. I just wait out all the crap for the rare and infrequent treasure. While it tasks my patience, I've been rewarded time and again with wonderful experiences like 'Kiki's Delivery Service' and so many others. <p> Hell, I actually tried to sit thru an ep of Naruto last week.. HOLY CRAP have they given up on the drawing quality... WOW! *sigh*

  • July 7, 2009, 3:30 p.m. CST

    More Stand Alone Complex??? YES PLEASE!!!

    by Johnno

    Shit I've still gotta get off my lazy ass and buy the box sets for both seasons and the movie. But this is a series that I hope never ends, same goes for Black Lagoon...<br><br>As for live action jin Roh, it could be anything... they either mean a Japanese movie or a Hollywood movie but I'm guessing they mean Hollywood adaptation, but I don't really see why Hollywood would be interested in Jin Roh, they'd probably just take the setting and make their own story and call it the Wolf's Brigade and set it in Europe. If anything they'd might as well pool in all their resources and go all out and make a Killzone movie...

  • July 7, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Maybe it's just me...

    by Plathismo

    ...but I always found GITS:SAC turgid and pretentious. The fleeting bits of cool action didn't make up for the endless, dry, poorly presented exposition. The writers were way too in love with all of their "cool" ideas and backstory, and felt the need to cram all of it in, typically in these briefing scenes that would be prefaced by the director telling the team, "Well, as you know..." It's a beautiful-looking series, with some good concepts, but they badly need to learn that sometimes you have to love your creations enough to cut them.

  • July 7, 2009, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Jin-Roh be damned, bring on the GitS!

    by Cash907

  • July 7, 2009, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Did CNN turn into MTV?

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • July 7, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Slow news day?

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • July 7, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST

    If your ratings rose over 300% you become MTV too.

    by ganymede3010

    Plus, it's not like the corporate media gives us real news anyway. Now they're revealing what they're truly are, an infotainment conglomerate.

  • July 7, 2009, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Japan attacked US (the U.S.), remember, DUH roh!

    by WX1

    <p>"And it makes you think: maybe Japan did lose the war to its friends - the Americans - and they took over everything."</p> <p>Uh, yeah, we TRIED talking to 'em, but, they, uh, decided to bomb the heck out of, all places, paradise. Yeah. Got our attention.</p> <p>Think we can manage to throw in historicism, history revisionist crap, and political correctness 'long w/Jacko into the grave [Yeah, <b>today</b>, I mean]? Yeah? Can? Mahalos, brah.</p>

  • July 7, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST


    by Fixthe Fernback

    Just started watching series 2. LOVED series 1 (and both films). This is great news!

  • July 7, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Best news I've heard in a long time

    by werock

    More Stand Alone Complex!!! The first season starts out a bit tough to follow but the last half of the season is fantastic. The second season's plot isn't quite as tight but still entertaining and more action oriented. Can't wait!

  • July 7, 2009, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Gatchaman movie trailer!

    by Johnno

    Well it's a trailer recorded off a TV screen by a camcorder and put on Youtube. But hey it's all you got so far...

  • July 7, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST

    JIN ROH!

    by ironic_name

  • July 7, 2009, 5:46 p.m. CST

    fuckin A!

    by darthwaz1

    I love GITS! people love the fucking matrix shit movies, when all they are is a rip-off of ghost in shell

  • July 7, 2009, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Can't be any worse than that Robo-Giesha

    by Logan_1973

    Crap that they're trying to make us like now.

  • July 7, 2009, 6:39 p.m. CST

    The Japanese don't know they were the BAD guys in WWII

    by mistergreen

    they don't teach WWII history in Japan. They just know an atomic bomb was dropped on them. The reason why is not taught. It's fucked up.

  • July 7, 2009, 6:42 p.m. CST


    by maelstrom_ZERO

    <p>I'm sure you're right in that some Japanese companies produce stuff explicitly for the American fanboy audience (GIRUGAMESH!!!!111). But you have to consider that the anime studios are pretty much doing the same thing with Japanese otaku audiences as well--they (the Japanese otakus) start drooling at the mouth for a certain genre or style, and before you know it, a whole gamut of stuff is released without considering quality.</p> <p>I mean, consider how popular Lucky Star was. After the whole concept of Seinfeld-influenced moe was established as being popular, producers went for K-ON: possibly one of the most stupid, inane, moe-exploitative disgusting things ever. It takes the moe and slice-of-life and pointless aspects of Lucky Star and magnifies it a thousand fold. The end result is, unfortunately, crap.</p>

  • July 7, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Jin Roh Blew goats

    by Optimus Primal

    Complete and utter shit, and I'm a guy who can sit through almost anything.

  • July 7, 2009, 7:13 p.m. CST

    I don't know...

    by wampa 1

    ...but it sure smells good!

  • July 7, 2009, 7:59 p.m. CST

    The best thing to come out of japan was

    by ChoclateWoman

    Jackie chan.

  • July 7, 2009, 8:32 p.m. CST

    ChocolateWoman... trolling?

    by MurderMostFowl

    Jackie Chan is from Hong Kong. <BR> Best thing to come out of Japan is Macross. Without it, a huge amount of Anime would never have existed, and the West's exposure to anime would also have been hampered. <BR><BR> ( tons of other great anime out there of course ...)

  • July 7, 2009, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Most of China

    by ChoclateWoman

    got raped by the japanese in WW2. So Jackie chan's probably got some Jap-O in him.

  • July 7, 2009, 9:13 p.m. CST


    by crayotic

    You're probably watching filler episodes of Naruto. Granted it's never been gorgeous to look at, but it reaches an all time low as soon as those fillers kick in (which is probably fair enough, seeing as nice animation couldn't even save them from sucking.)

  • July 8, 2009, 12:52 a.m. CST

    i just hope live action SAC outbores the toon.

    by BMacSmith

    hopefully, it will be so boring it puts people into comas. i hope it has all the mind numbing pseudo intellectual gibberish from the series.

  • July 8, 2009, 12:52 a.m. CST

    GITS:SAC was a load of SAC

    by Bishop6

    Horribly animated, it was embarrassing esp the action scene near the end with the mecha..UH..why is it no one can do the manga justice in terms of tone & style?????

  • July 8, 2009, 12:54 a.m. CST

    SAC outbores the toon.

    by Bishop6

    good luck, people like that shitty director of the 2 movies. They completely didn't get the tone of the Manga..

  • July 8, 2009, 3:27 a.m. CST

    I've seen Jin-Roh once and thought

    by Amy Chasing

    it was one of the finest animated movies I'd ever seen. Up there with Grave of the Fireflies only not as gut-wrenchingly sad. <P> The live-action version of Grave of the Fireflies was like an Asian Hallmark/Lifetime midday movie. Hopefully they don't want to do a similar thing with Jin-Roh. <P> As for Stand Alone Complex, compared to most other anime series SAC is one of the more interesting, philosophical and excellent examples of CGI mixed with cel animation. It's not Miyazaki, it's not the manga, it's a fine work in its own right.

  • July 8, 2009, 4:06 a.m. CST

    I agree with you Amy

    by Wingnut1A

    Wow! Im stunned by all the GitS hatred going on here.. I thought it was an accepted fact that GitS was one of the best series out there. It's one of my all-time favorites. Great hard Sci-fi isn't easy to find.<p>I saw Jin-Roh about 2 years ago and really liked it at the time, but now I can't even remember the plot. I'll have to re-watch it now. =)<p>Anyone out there seen Future Boy Conan? I've seen a few episodes and I am surprised how good it is, especially for being produced in 1978. I guess you really can't go wrong with a Miyazaki directed TV series.

  • July 8, 2009, 4:45 a.m. CST

    More GitS:SAC ? Hell yeah!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Oh and Jin-Roh is an awesome movie! No need to make it into a live action movie. It's perfect as it is.

  • July 8, 2009, 5:59 a.m. CST


    by The Dark Shite

    Yeah, she's trolling. She's already ruined the Torchwood TB (& gave me a headache in the process). I learned it's best to ignore her. <p> Jin-Roh looks pretty cool! Not sure about the dialogue though. Might be better watching it in Japanese. Speaking of which, shouldn't it be Jin-Rou?

  • July 8, 2009, 12:07 p.m. CST

    "mind numbing pseudo intellectual gibberish from the series"

    by Johnno

    As opposed to the mind numbing pseudo intellectual gibberish from the manga... amirite? And GITS:SAC is anything but poorly animated. And now I call everyone's attention to the people who seem to hate this series for the above reasons, you them folks? These people are most definately what we like to call 'Stupid.' Hey stupids! There's another sci fi movie out now that's suitable for your intellectual level, it's called Transformers 2! It's all action less stop and think talky! And none of that slow moody shit from Jin Roh, but lots of Megan Fox ass and comedy skits that involve marijuana and dogs humping! Now there's a director who gives you what you want immediately without having you think through anything, damnit you're paying for the movie so it's their job to do the hard parts for you!

  • July 8, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Jin-Roh; great Red riding hood revision

    by Stalkeye

    however, the movie was too focused on dialog and not enough action for westerners like me. the again, i like junk like Angel Cop. now that i can see as a appealing live action (with the emphasis on action) movie than JR.i bought most of the GITS SAC DVDs used but never got around to watching any of them. damn blu-ray and videogames take up my indoor time...second to the missus of course.

  • July 8, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST

    I am in love with GITS: SAC

    by robert.thekilled

    Then again, it might have to do that I'm in love with the Major. This show is smart, gorgeous and damn engaging. It is exceptionally directed and edited with a sense of humor about itself. I dare declare it brilliant. The series is superior to the manga and the films. I didn't expect that to happen?!

  • July 8, 2009, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Amy Chasing: On grave

    by Geomancer21

    Yeah, but would you really want to see that happen to a real child? Frankly I don't blame them for toning it down a bit. It was bad enough with a cartoon kid.

  • July 8, 2009, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Johnno its not smart and neither are you

    by BMacSmith

    its stupid shit made to make stupid people think its smart, like the Matrix sequels. nothing is ever said that smart people dont already take as common sense. its a tedious waste of time.

  • July 8, 2009, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Geomancer21 and BMacSmith

    by Amy Chasing

    I have to admit to not watching the whole Grave of the Fireflies live-action because I found the first half hour so schmaltzy, technicolor and like I said Hallmark movie-ish that I never got to see what happened to the kids. The acting and music was so obvious it just went against my grain. <P> And BMacSmith, I think we just have to agree to disagree. SAC, like the Matrix series, may not say anything new but they say things that have not been put into sci-fi films before, let alone animated shows. It's just movies catching up with the rest of literary and philosophical culture, only in the way movies can - colorful, stylised and loud. <P> As for common sense, who ever said sense was common?

  • July 9, 2009, 5:01 a.m. CST

    There isn't a woman walking around today

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    that could play the major

  • July 9, 2009, 7:05 a.m. CST

    I used to think Catherine Bell could play Major Kusanagi

    by Amy Chasing

    but probably not anymore. <P> Can't think of any younger actors who have a similar look (and _those_ proportions).

  • July 9, 2009, 1:19 p.m. CST

    About the Major

    by Wingnut1A

    Sure, the look of the actress will be very important, but I think her voice will be vital too. I just recently re-watched the first GitS movie and although the voice actor that played the Major did a fine job, because her voice was so different from the series, it kept pulling me out of the story. I kept wondering who was talking. The actor that does the Major in GitS:SAC, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn.. that's the REAL voice to me. For a live action movie, they will have to dub her voice with the TV series' actor's voice.<p>

  • July 9, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST

    As for an actress to play the Major

    by Wingnut1A

    I think that if you got someone that was pretty close in their look, that would be alright. I think that for medium/close-up shots, they should CGI the actors face to be smoother and slightly manufactured, since she is a cyborg after all. Her face, and whole body for that matter, is synthetic and therefore shouldn't look perfectly natural. Maybe her complexion should be unnaturally perfect, like a doll.