News Mamoru Oshii Directs Live-Action Short & TV Episodes
posted on 2008-08-26 02:54 EDT
Ghost in the Shell and Mobile Police Patlabor director Mamoru Oshii is overseeing one short in a live-action anthology film and two episodes in a separate live-action television series. The "Assault Girl 2" short will be one of four segments in December 6's Kiru ~ KILL, an anthology where each part is the final scene of a hypothetical full-length action movie. Rinko Kikuchi, who recently voiced the female lead on Oshii's The Sky Crawlers film, will be cast for the segment along with Yoko Fujita. In addition to directing his short, Oshii will also supervise the entire project, and Kenta Fukasaku, who wrote the screenplay for the first Battle Royale movie and directed its sequel, has been confirmed as one of the other three directors who will be contributing. Oshii has also written and directed episode 19 and 20 of Takashi Miike and Production I.G's Keitai Sōsakan 7 (Mobile Phone Detectives 7) drama series (pictured at right). The two-part "Kengai no Onna" story will air this Wednesday and next Wednesday.
Although Oshii is known best as an anime director, he also directed the live-action movies Stray Dog, The Red Spectacles, and Avalon, as well as the mockumentary Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters. For its sequel, Shin Onna-Tachiguishi Retsuden, he contributed two of the parts that make up the six-segment compilation. Interestingly, "Assault Girl" was the title of one of them, but it is not clear whether there is any connection between it and Oshii's new film project.
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