Set in the near future, Scarlett Johansson plays Major who is the first of her kind – a cyber-enhanced human – devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to, and her life was not saved. Instead, it was stolen.
Hailed as one of the better anime to live movie adaptions, Ghost in the Shell has seen positive overall reviews thus far. Something that fans of the original series by Masamune Shirow would want to catch, we bring you fun facts about the movie before you catch it.
Singapore native Chin Han portrays former cop Togusa who is the only member of the team that has no cyber-enhancements, so he’s suspicious of technology and always carries a very distinctive Mateba revolver. He also relies on old-school techniques for investigation.
Scarlett Johansson spent more than a year preparing for the role, one of the most grueling of her career. She learned to handle the weapons, complete every fight and do all the wire-work with the support of the stunt team. The physicality is such an important part of this character, so she was really married to the idea of being able to do everything.
There is almost no character in this film that does not have a form of prosthetic or prop-built augmentation which is why they made up literally thousands of background extras in addition to the principals. For the street scenes in Hong Kong, there was a group of 120 people for each of the last few days, each with an extensive hair and makeup look.
The majority of the men’s suits were made by a company called Rembrandt, the last and oldest suit maker in New Zealand.
A key element of Rupert Sanders’ vision for the film was creating a multicultural, multi-ethnic future world, an idea which is clearly reflected in the casting choices he has made. The ensemble features actors from countries from around the globe, including Japan, New Zealand, Australia, France, England, United States, Canada, Zimbabwe, Denmark, Singapore, Poland, Turkey, Fiji, China, Romania and Belgium.
Michael Carmen Pitt who plays Kuze, has been eating raw food for months when he started filming and was doing boxing and Pilates every day to get into shape for the role. He also built himself a little house in a shipping container on the back lot, where he had a punching bag, ashtray, notebooks with painting about Kuze.
Images courtesy of United International Pictures Singapore
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