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'Ghost in the Shell' eliminates deep think in favor of deep action - Christian Science Monitor

March 31, 2017 —When it was first announced two years ago that Scarlett Johansson had been cast as the killer cyborg in the live-action remake of Mamoru Oshii's 1995 Japanimation classic “Ghost in the Shell,” the choice was loudly condemned by those ...and more »

Weaponized: ScarJo Kills and Kills Again in a Homogenized 'Ghost in the Shell' - Observer

Let's put the whitewashing controversy to bed: yes, busty beauty Scarlett Johansson plays Major, the melancholy protagonist of the beloved Japanese anime – and, despite a very thin black wig framing her milky face, she is not Asian like the heroine of ...and more »

The Terrible Hollowness of "Ghost in the Shell" - BuzzFeed News

There's a wordless sequence in the middle of Mamoru Oshii's animated 1995 Ghost in the Shell in which the movie's main character travels through the city and glimpses her own face, twice, in the crowd. The first time, it's a doppelgänger whom she makes ...and more »

'Ghost in the Shell' lacks soul - The Boston Globe

Scarlett Johansson has not only spurned traditional female roles, she doesn't even play humans. In “Her” (2013), “Under the Skin” (2013), and “Lucy” (2014) she's played, respectively, a computer program, an alien, and a chemically enhanced superwoman ...and more »

Ghost in the Shell's whitewashing: does Hollywood have an Asian problem? - The Guardian

As social-media marketing strategies go, Ghost in the Shell's promotional site was a bit of an own goal. Visitors were invited to create their own personalised tweet of empowerment by uploading an image and writing a slogan starting with the words “I ...and more »

'Ghost in the Shell' Review: Anime Rehash Upgrades Software, Loses the Soul - RollingStone.com

Nestled between William Gibson's claim-staking 1984 novel Neuromancer and the Wachowskis' gamechanging The Matrix, Mamoru Oshii's 1995 cops-and-cyborgs tale Ghost in the Shell is almost assuredly better known than widely seen – next to Akira, it's one ...and more »

Ghost in the Shell Has the Look of the Original, But Not Its Brain - Vulture

For all the liberties the new Ghost in the Shell takes with its source material, it's more invested in that title, specifically the “ghost” soul of its cyborg protagonist, than any of its predecessors in the long-running anime and manga franchise. That ...and more »

"Ghost in the Shell" Is Actually Pretty Good - Popular Mechanics

It's been 22 years since Ghost in the Shell hit theaters, but in a sense, the film has never really gone away. Based on Masamune Shirow's 1989 manga, the Japanese anime has spawned sequels, video games, and television series. More crucially, the film's ...and more »

Ghost In The Shell, film review: Scarlett Johansson pitch-perfect in hauntingly dystopian nightmare - Evening Standard

With an English-language remake of a Japanese anime classic, you need not find Scarlett Johansson's name above the title to be alerted to the danger. The triumph of Ghost in the Shell (or one of them) is that in no way does it feel lost in translation ...and more »

'Boss Baby' and 'Ghost in the Shell' Debut as 'Beauty and the Beast' Eyes Third Week at #1 - Box Office Mojo

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: With an estimated $15.5 million Fox and DreamWorks Animation's The Boss Baby got off to a wonderful start this weekend, topping Friday's box office en route to what looks like a $50-52 million opening weekend. As of right now it's ...and more »