Ghost in the Shell cast adds Beat Takeshi as Section 9 chief

SuperHeroHype (by Max Evry):

Japanese comedian and actor Beat Takeshi (Hana-bi, Battle Royale) has joined the Ghost in the Shell cast and will play Public Security Section 9 founder and chief Daisuke Aramaki. He will star opposite Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Michael Pitt and Sam Riley. Takeshi, also a respected director and TV host, had previously appeared in another American cyberpunk film, 1995’s Johnny Mnemonic.

Announced last year, the Ghost in the Shell movie is set to be directed by Snow White and the Huntsman’s Rupert Sanders from a screenplay adapted by Straight Outta Compton’s Jonathan Herman, who took over from previous writers Jamie Moss and William Wheeler.

The new Ghost in the Shell movie will offer a live-action adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s iconic cyberpunk manga series about the members of a covert ops unit that take on technology-related crime. “Ghost in the Shell” was famously adapted into an animated feature in 1995.

Produced by Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul, the Ghost in the Shell movie also has the backing of Steven Spielberg. The rights to Shirow’s original manga were picked up several years ago with plans to use the latest 3D technology to film it.

In Japan, the huge success of the original “Ghost in the Shellcomics have led to a number of anime film adaptations, a TV series and a series of video games.

Ghost in the Shell Cast Adds Beat Takeshi as Section 9 Chief


Beat Takeshi: “I Hate Anime, Especially Miyazaki… …but respecting others’ work is important”

Otaku USA:


Takeshi Kitano, director of such films as Zatoichi and Sonatine, also known as Beat Takeshi, comic host of Takeshi’s Castle and star of Battle Royale, was awarded the first ever Samurai Award this week at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

During his talk event after receiving the award, Kitano talked about a variety of topics surrounding the Japanese film industry, but his remarks on anime, and a certainly recently-retired director, are of particular interest among anime fans.

I hate anime, and I especially hate [Hayao] Miyazaki. But his films make a lot of money, so I respect him,” Kitano was quoted as saying.

Now, before getting up in arms, consider the context: Kitano was giving advice to young directors, telling them that while they should make the kind of films they want to make, it’s also important to respect films and filmmakers you don’t necessarily agree with.

While some might find Kitano’s taste in films questionable, it’s hard to argue with that message.

The Samurai Award, which was also awarded to director Tim Burton, is given by the festival to “commend achievements of filmmaker who continues to create groundbreaking films that carve out a path to a new era.”

Kitano made his directorial debut in 1989 with Violent Cop before going on to direct critically acclaimed films like Sonatine and Hana-bi. His most recent film is Outrage Beyond.