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Ghost in the Shell's Oshii Announces Tetsujin 28 Film (Updated)

posted on 2009-12-27 13:14 EST
Mamoru Oshii already directed stage play based on Mitsuteru Yokoyama's Gigantor

Acclaimed director Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell, The Sky Crawlers, Patlabor) revealed in Tokyo on Friday that his new work will be a film adaptation of Mitsuteru Yokoyama's Tetsujin 28-gō giant robot manga. The pioneering 1956-1966 manga is best known in English for inspring a 1963-1966 anime that was adapted as Gigantor. Oshii made his announcement during a live discussion to mark the opening of his latest film, the live-action Assault Girls project.

Earlier this year, Oshii had already directed a stage play version of Tetsujin 28-gō, which featured a 500-kilogram (1,100-pound), six-meter-tall (20-feet-tall) replica of the title robot. A "life-size," 18-meter-tall (59-feet-tall) statue of Tetsujin 28-gō was unveiled in Yokoyama's hometown of Kobe in October, and new NTT Docomo commercials featuring the robot began airing that same month.

Source: Cinema Today

Update: The Japanese animation company Hikari Productions and the Hong Kong-based computer animation studio IMAGI launched a website for "T28," a teaser video based on Tetsujin 28-gō, this past January. Oshii did not state on Friday whether his project is the same as Hikari Productions and IMAGI's, or a different one. He also did not state if his project is animated or live-action.

The Tetsujin 28 story has been remade in anime several times, including a color 1980-1981 version, the 1992-1993 Tetsujin 28-go FX re-imagining, the retro-tinged 2004 television remake, and the 2007 film sequel. Kindaichi Case Files artist Fumiya Sato has been revisiting the story in a manga called Tetsujin Dakkan Sakusen. A Japanese live-action film was produced in 2005. The Right Stuf International, Rhino, and Geneon Entertainment (USA) released some of the anime versions on home video in North America.


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