Preview in English by GUY LODGE (www.variety.com) - Dal 30 Marzo
"Volevamo che il pubblico si accorgesse che il nostro film non è fatto solo di salti tra un palazzo e l’altro, ma è anche dramma e teatralità. Non è soltanto un mondo bello ed esplosivo, ma c’è una vera e proprio coltre di oscurità (…) che è nella filosofia del film. Se poi avete notato la scena con Takeshi (Kitano) è piena di azione. Quindi il film consegnerà al pubblico azione, dramma e filosofia declinate in dei fantastici protagonisti"
Il regista Rupert Sanders
(Ghost in the Shell; USA 2017; Sci-Fi d'azione; 107'; Produz.: DreamWorks SKG/Grosvenor Park Productions/Paramount Pictures/Seaside Entertainment; Distribuz.: Universal Pictures International Italy)
Soggetto: Tratto dall'omonimo manga di Masamune Shirow.
Cast: Scarlett Johansson (Maggiore) Pilou Asbæk (Batou) Takeshi Kitano (Daisuke Aramaki) Juliette Binoche (Dr. Ouelet) Michael Pitt (Kuze) Chin Han (Togusa) Danusia Samal (Ladriya) Lasarus Ratuere (Ishikawa) Yutaka Izumihara (Saito) Tawanda Manyimo (Borma) Peter Ferdinando (Cutter) Anamaria Marinca (Dr. Dahlin) Daniel Henshall (Skinny Man) Mana Hira Davis (Uomo barbuto) Erroll Anderson (Agente della sicurezza Hanka) Cast completo
Kaori Momoi (Hairi) Chris Obi (Ambasciatore Kiyoshi) Rila Fukushima (Geisha vestita di rosso) Joseph Naufahu (Comandante Johns) Xavier Horan (Unità sezione 6) Kirt Kishita (Prostituta) Tanya Drewery (Geisha) Hannah Tasker-Poland (Geisha) Jacqueline Lee Geurts (Geisha) Michael Wincott (Non accreditato)
Musica: Lorne Balfe e Clint Mansell
Costumi: Kurt and Bart
Scenografia: Jan Roelfs
Fotografia: Jess Hall
Montaggio: Neil Smith
Effetti Speciali: Steve Ingram (supervisore)
Makeup: Stefan Knight (supervisore); Deborah La Mia Denaver (per Scarlett Johansson); Michele Perry e Renee McCarthy
Casting: Lucy Bevan e Miranda Rivers
Scheda film aggiornata al:
25 Aprile 2017
Basato sul marchio di fantascienza di fama internazionale, “GHOST IN THE SHELL” segue la saga di Major, un singolare ibrido umano-cyborg delle operazioni speciali a capo della task force d’elite Section 9. Dedicato a contrastare i più pericolosi criminali ed estremisti, Section 9 affronta un nemico il cui unico obiettivo è eliminare gli sviluppi di cyber tecnologia della Hanka Robotic.
A cyborg policewoman attempts to bring down a nefarious computer hacker.
Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, "GHOST IN THE SHELL" follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic's advancements in cyber technology
Commento critico (a cura di FRANCESCO ADAMI)
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Secondo commento critico (a cura di GUY LODGE, www.variety.com)
Led by a resolute Scarlett Johansson, Rupert Sanders' pulse-quickening, formally stunning live-action take on the manga classic both honors and streamlines its source.
In “Ghost in the Shell,” the mind and soul of a brilliant original being are extracted, preserved, and rehoused in a sleek, expensively built, technologically advanced new body, enhancing her original abilities at some cost to her identity. That’s the premise, of course, of the cult manga created by Masamune Shirow in 1989, but it’s also an apt enough description of what has happened with director Rupert Sanders’ fast, flashy, frequently ravishing live-action transmutation.
Spectacularly honoring the spirit and aesthetic of Mamoru Oshii’s beloved animated adaptations without resorting wholly to slavish cosplay, this is smart, hard-lacquered entertainment that may just trump the original films for galloping storytelling momentum and sheer, coruscating visual excitement — even if a measure of their eerie, melancholic spirit hasn’t quite carried over
to the immaculate new carapace. Box office returns should be muscular, minting what could be one of the more enticing franchises in a multiplex landscape riddled with robotic do-overs.
“We cling to memories as if they define us, but they don’t. What we do is what defines us.” This line, from a script efficient enough to belie its multi-handed development, is repeated in the film as a guiding mantra for The Major, the hybrid human-android cyberterrorism fighter here incarnated as a suitably otherworldly Scarlett Johansson. But the line seems a wily nod on the writers’ part to the fan pushback an American remake of the Japanese source material was inevitably going to receive when first announced, even before the controversy generated by Johansson’s casting in a role perceived by many as Asian-specific. (In a significant departure from the source, the issue of the character’s cultural appropriation is given a tacit script
workaround here that is both rather clever and unlikely to quell debate.)
Sanders, stepping up his game considerably from 2012’s gorgeous but inert “Snow White and the Huntsman,” throws in a few painstaking replicas of shots and images from the 1995 film to appease the devoted, but is largely content to let this telling move to its own rhythm — a driving, furious one that brings the complex proceedings in at a snappy 107 minutes. (That may be half an hour longer than the animated original, yet it somehow feels the more restless film.)
From a fleeting shot of clattering, spider-like cyborg fingers to an extended garbage-truck chase, stray images and set pieces from the animated films have been compiled and collaged into a cleanly compressed version of Shirow’s events that is arguably structured more along Western lines — and into a story world that, for all its recognizable visual cues, is
very much its own iridescent creation, thanks to dazzling design work from Jan Roelfs and costume duo Kurt and Bart. There’s a pleasingly multinational slant to it too, with an ensemble that runs the gamut from Johansson to Juliette Binoche, and from Danish rising star Pilou Asbaek to veteran Japanese actor-auteur “Beat” Takeshi Kitano — whose own directorial taste for lavishly choreographed carnage gets a respectful wink or two here.
Once again, the setting is “New Port City,” a kind of composite Asian megalopolis evoking Tokyo, Hong Kong, and “Blade Runner’s” Los Angeles by turns, in a so-close-and-yet-so-far future. The Major is a highly valued squad commander in elite government counter-terrorism unit Section 9, enabled by state-of-the-art robotics corporation Hanka — the miraculous machinations of which have enabled The Major’s own formidable cyborg transformation. (Her creation is detailed here in a series of exquisite introductory images, with skin fused and forged
in dripping baths of blood red and milk white — beautiful nightmare fuel reminiscent of Johansson’s more lo-fi deconstruction in “Under the Skin.”) Overseeing the process is genius surgeon Ouélet (a warm, wistful Binoche, bringing more pathos to the role than the script strictly demands), who monitors The Major’s activity with something like a mother’s concern. Less sympathetically invested in her wellbeing is Hanka CEO Cutter (Peter Ferdinando): “I don’t think of her as a machine,” he barks. “She’s a weapon, and the future of my company.”
That future, however, is looking a little cloudy at the film’s outset. Mysterious, highly skilled hacker Kuze (Michael Carmen Pitt) is on the warpath against Hanka and its scientists, ghost-hacking other bodies in a ruthless attempt to sabotage its line of artificial intelligence. Working principally alongside hulking but tender-hearted team member Batou (a winning Asbaek), The Major’s simple mission to track him down gets
trickier as her own internal technology begins to falter and glitch; through this fragmentation come hints of an unrecognized personal history.
To reveal more would be to enter spoiler terrain even for well-versed “Ghost”-watchers. Suffice it to say that writers Jamie Ross, William Wheeler, and Ehren Kruger have collectively distinguished the new film from its predecessors with a fleshier focus on backstory that yields surprising emotional rewards amid the onslaught of eye candy. Raven-bobbed and brandishing a still-waters stare, Johansson by now has form in bringing humanity to not-quite-human characters. As the casting discussion rages on, it’s hard to deny that her Major fuses her most internalized and most ass-kicking modes of performance to ideal effect.
Still, it’s as spectacle that “Ghost in the Shell” operates principally and most effectively, as one glittering digital marvel succeeds another, beginning with the most stunningly demented shootout of the lot: rogue robot geisha violently intercepting
a corporate conference, disrupted in turn by The Major’s team, culminating in a splatterfest of bullets and porcelain. Working from sternly jokeless material, Sanders and his crew save the wit for such formal flourishes. Roelfs’ production design, matching sprawling dystopian squalor to fluorescent, holographic flights of fancy, abounds in playful details within details; Kurt and Bart’s wardrobe of synthetic-chic kimonos and tectonic-plate bodysuits ensure not even a morgue body sheet goes without some subtle fabulousness.
Cinematographer Jess Hall and an army of cartwheeling VFX artists render this universe in the glossiest, glassiest strokes possible. Perhaps the only ones holding back are composers Clint Mansell and Lorne Balfe, whose stylish, techno-ominous score is mostly content to skulk in the background, only daring to reference Kenji Kawai’s unshakeable theme for the 1995 film over the closing credits. It’s perhaps the one area where this otherwise exhilarating reimagination could have dared to plunder its
source a little more greedily.
Nota: Si ringraziano Universal Pictures International Italy e SwService