Sandy, James and Jeremy dive into the world of cybernetic humans with Rupert Sanders' live-action adaptation/remake of the acclaimed manga and anime series, Ghost in the Shell. After our review and a short discussion of the murky racial politics surrounding the film's casting, we jump into a couple of side-by-side comparisons of classic Asian genre movies (Hideo Nakata's J-horror classic Ringu, and Andrew Lau & Alan Mak's Hong Kongese police thriller Infernal Affairs) and their American Remakes (Gore Verbinski's The Ring, and Martin Scorsese's The Departed).
Issues of whitewashing and cultural appropriation have swirled around the new Ghost in the Shell ever since Scarlett Johansson's casting was announced. To supplement our discussion on this episode, here are a couple of links to much more involved pieces on this subject:
1. Eric Molinsky's excellent podcast episode Imaginary Worlds #45: Ghost in the Shell
2. The Hollywood Reporter invited 4 Japanese actresses to dissect the new movie and its twist (spoilers involved – duh)
Are remakes inherently pointless and cynical or can they prove that there is room for improvement upon the original? Is the live action Ghost in the Shell more intelligent than we gave it credit for? You can write to us with your coherent thoughts and rambling brain droppings related to all things cinematic at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a review on iTunes.
00:00 – Intro & review of Ghost in the Shell (2017) + audio clip.
29:38 – Discussing Ringu (1998) and The Ring (2002) + audio clip.
48:46 – Discussing Infernal Affairs (2002) and The Departed (2006) + audio clip.
THEME MUSIC: 'Film Film Film!' by Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk and Sokol from Film Film Film! (Фильм, фильм, фильм, 1968)