News Ghost in the Shell's Oshii Announces Tetsujin 28 Film (Updated)
posted on 2009-12-27 13:14 EST
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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