When five ten-second teaser clips were released for Ghost In The Shell in September, manga fans concerned about the adapation of the cult Kodansha Comics sci-fi manga series had their fears eased. It looks wild. Now, the full trailer has landed.
Scarlett Johansson, playing an anti-crime human cyborg hybrid called Major Kusanagi, presents the all-action clip, which is naturally rich with Japanese imagery and soundtracked by a rework of Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy The Silence”.
Given the origins of the story, described by comic book writer Jon Tseui as “inherently Japanese”, Johansson’s casting came in for criticism at the time, with some calling for an Asian lead, including Ming-Na Wen, who was the voice of Mulan in the celebrated Disney film.