A look at the latest Ghost in the Shell trailer

The second trailer for Ghost in the Shell has been released and it is set to hit our screens in March this year. Starring Scarlett Johansson, the movie has received mixed reactions already.

The film is to follow The Major (Scarlett Johansson) as she investigates cyberterrorism. She, as a cyborg, and her task force, Section 9, has a new foe and that’s where most of the action will be.

However looking at the trailer it seems that the film will also be exploring The Major, why she is a cyborg and who is her friend and who is her enemy. It seems this won’t just be about the action but also about identity.

It kind of gives me Total Recall (2012) feels with the futuristic technology, the identity issues and the sci-fi action.

I mentioned above that it has received mixed reactions. This is because the film is based on a manga of the same name authored by Masamune Shirow. The manga is Japanese and the main character, Major Motoko Kusanagi, is Japanese. However, the film lacks Japanese representation, especially where the main character is concerned. Many were disappointed that Scarlett Johansson was chosen for the role.

Hollywood does lack representation of Asians and Asian Americans and so while the film looks good, it could have been better. However, this is not the first time this has happened. It happened with  Dragon Ball Z and Avatar: The Last Airbender.

What do you think? Is it important when adapting a movie from manga/anime to be true to the source material and have a representation of all races, particularly Asians? Or does it not matter?

If you don’t mind either way the film looks promising and it looks like it will be filled with thrilling action, robots and perhaps romance?

Gift Ruremesha, Correspondent (Film)

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