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Director's Cut of Live-Action Patlabor Film's Trailer Streamed

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
New version with added 27 minutes of footage opens in Japan on October 10

Japanese film news website Cinema Today began streaming a trailer for the upcoming director's cut version of Mamoru Oshii's The Next Generation Patlabor: Shuto Kessen (Capital City Battle) film on Thursday.

Text: "This is the 'specially packed version' where many of the important themes are packed close together. If you drink it all at once, your stomach might feel bad." - Director: Mamoru Oshii
Yūma: It's an invisible gunship.
Narrator: With one threat, the capital became a battlefield.
Text: The Self-Defense Force's cutting-edge helicopter: Grey Ghost
Rei: Hound, this is Ghost.
Text: Pilot: Rei Haibara
Rei: You can't shoot me down.
Text: Who are you?
Shinobu: Those who know anything about her all say the same thing about the name "Haibara."
Man: I don't remember her well.
Shinobu: Apart from the name "Rei Haibara" there's not even the slightest trace of her.
Text: Who are you?
Narrator: The Patlabor that Mamoru Oshii truly wanted to portray is here.
Gotōda: Who is she?
Narrator: With added 27 minutes of cut footage.
Gotōda: You are...
Narrator: You will know the truth.
Narrator and Text: Patlabor: Shuto Kessen - Director's Cut
Text: October 10. Read the message closely.

To explain the director's cut, Oshii said at a stage event last May, "Usually with films, when they are completed, things like which scenes to cut and which to keep are decided between the director and producer, but this time a lot happened. Because we wanted to try to save face, we made two versions."

The director's cut will contain 27 minutes of extra footage, and it will open in Japanese theaters on October 10.

The Next Generation Patlabor: Shuto Kessen film opened in Japan on May 1.

The Next Generation -Patlabor- project is not a remake of the earlier Patlabor anime stories, but a completely new work. The story is set in Tokyo in 2013, and it represents the "third generation" of Patlabor. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police has disbanded its Section 2 Division 1 of police robots, and Section 2 Division 2 barely survived the budget cuts due to the long recession. The film centers on the Section 2 team fighting against a terrorist group that has taken all of the 10 million residents of Tokyo hostage by using a state-of-the-art self defense helicopter.

The project began with a seven-part series, which is composed of the "episode 0" and 12 full episodes helmed by chief director Mamoru Oshii and other directors. Each full episode is about 48 minutes long. Oshii directed and wrote the feature-length film. The original theatrical version of the film runs about 100 minutes long.

Former Hello! Project singer and actress Erina Mano stars as pilot Akira Izumino (as opposed to the earlier anime's heroine Noa Izumi). The cast also includes Seiji Fukushi as Yūma Shiobara, Rina Oota as Ekaterina Krachevna Kankaeva ("Kasha") from Russia, Shigeru Chiba reprising his anime role as maintenance crew chief Shigeo Shiba, and Toshio Kakei as Captain Keiji Gotōda (the successor to the anime's Captain Kiichi Gotō).

The Patlabor franchise's original concept of police officers piloting robotic mecha (patrol labors or "Patlabors") was developed by HEADGEAR, a group consisting of director Oshii (Ghost in the Shell, Sky Crawlers), scriptwriter Kazunori Itō (.hack, Dirty Pair), mecha designer Yutaka Izubuchi (Eureka Seven, Mobile Suit Gundam franchise), character designer Akemi Takada (Kimagure Orange Road, Urusei Yatsura, Fancy Lala), and manga creator Masami Yuuki (Birdy the Mighty). The franchise spawned two original video anime, a television anime series, and three anime films. The last anime film, Patlabor WXIII, was released in theaters in Japan in 2002.

Oshii commented that the seven-part series would have a "slapstick" ambiance, while the feature film will be serious. Oshii and Kei Yamamura wrote the scripts for the series, and Kenji Kawai returned to the franchise to compose the music for both the series and the feature film.

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