Puppet Without Strings
Scarlett Johanssen is the Major, a cyborg counter-terrorist commander in this adaptation of the ground-breaking anime that adds new twists while remaining faithful to the aesthetics.
In the future, unaltered humans are a rarity. Upgraded with computerised limbs and neural enhancers, humanity is changing.
The Major (Scarlett Johannsen) is a one-of-a-kind cyborg leading specialised anti-terrorism unit Section 9 to the forefront of the battle for the future. Far superior in strength to any human, with soaring intelligence and active camouflage, the Major is a powerful weapon. But with so little of her organic body intact, she struggles with the question of identity, and connection to her past life.
Who was she before?
A new enemy arises, and even the Major may not be enough to stop him. Kuze is a hacker unlike anything seen before, intent upon destroying the world’s development of cyber technology - and he might have the answers to the Major’s former existence.
Hollywood has turned to animation in recent years, with hugely successful adaptations such as The Jungle Book, and freshly-released Beauty And The Beast.
With its picturesque dystopian skylines, balletic gunplay, and iconic characters brought to life, Ghost In The Shell looks set to convert a whole new generation to the joys of anime - via live action.
With Ghost In The Shell projected to earn upwards of $400 million, anime remakes are here to stay. We consider some other seminal movies crying out for big screen adaptation.
The seminal anime action movie. Set in a cyberpunk future with psychics and superpowers. A perfect movie to ride the wave of superhero cinema.
Princess Mononoke (1997)
Seeking a cure for his friend’s magical curse, Ashitaka becomes embroiled in a war between a mining colony and the forest gods. Giant wolves, mystic powers, and huge battles.
Spirited Away (2001)
A sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches and spirits, where humans are treated as beasts of burden. Evocative, beautiful, moving, this was the breakout movie that brought anime to the west.