The first teasers for Ghost in the Shell, a movie that’s kicked up an almighty controversy amid accusations of whitewashing, are out. Despite our misgivings about the blessed ScarJo playing what is supposed to be a Japanese character, we have to admit that it does look good visually.
It’s a series of short teasers, featuring 10-second glimpses of the movie, starting with a creepy looking geisha.
Then we have The Major (Johansson) literally unplugging.
Followed by The Major um stroking another woman’s face.
We also have Chief Daisuke Aramaki (Japanese cinematic legend Takeshi Kitano) apparently executing someone.
And finally, The Major, pistol in hand, advancing on a group of monks.
Meanwhile, producer Steven Paul has said that the film, which includes Japanese, Chinese, American, and British actors, takes an “international approach.”
“I think we’ve done the manga comic great honor. As I said, the fans will be very happy, because there’s a great respect that’s been paid to the manga. … We’ve been very, very careful. Obviously, there’s some new imagination, as well. I mean, like anything, when you’re making a movie, you’ve gotta bring your own.”
The Ghost in the Shell Singapore release date has been set for March 30, 2017. The movie also stars Singapore’s own Chin Han.