Lionsgate announces IMAX re-release of Ghost In The Shell
Easily one of the most popular anime properties is Ghost of the Shell. The property started out as a seinen manga in 1989 before being immortalized in the hit 1995 anime film of the same name. In 2017 the anime came to life in a live action feature starring Scarlett Johansson to mixed reviews. Now Lionsgate is bringing the classic original back to cinemas in glorious IMAX for the first time ever.
In the film, a female cybernetic government agent, Major Motoko Kusanagi, and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of “The Puppet Master,” a mysterious and threatening computer virus capable of infiltrating human hosts. Together, with her fellow agents from Section 9, they embark on a high-tech race against time to capture the omnipresent entity.
Directed by Mamoru Oshii with cinematography by Hisao Shirai, the anime neo-noir cyberpunk thriller is widely considered to be one of the best anime and science-fiction films of all time – inspiring the likes of Matrix creators the Wachowskis, James Cameron, and other groundbreaking artists. The film has been remastered in visually stunning 4K and undergone IMAX’s proprietary DMR (Digital Remastering) process for its screens.
The film will be distributed by Bandai (Japan) and Lionsgate (North America and Select International), only on IMAX screens September 17th (with advance previews in select theatres September 16th). This will also mark IMAX’s first simultaneous release in screens in Japan, the U.S. and select IMAX markets.