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1st Minute From Mamoru Oshii's Pilot for Garm Wars Streamed

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Film opens in Japan on May 20

Japanese film news website Cinema Today streamed the first minute from the concept pilot for Mamoru Oshii's live-action film Garm Wars: The Last Druid on Thursday.

In addition, the Japanese website for the film began streaming a trailer for the film on Thursday.

The Nakamura Group Advantage describes the film's story:

Taking place in a world of war known as Annwn, Garm Wars sets the scene with clone soldiers from 3 military tribes, in a bloody and perpetual battle of air, land and technology. One clone, Khara, finds herself separated from battle and on the run with unlikely companions. In seeking to know more about their joint existence, the fugitives instead find an unrelenting truth and the greatest battle of their lives.

The English-language film premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival in October 2014 as part of the festival's Special Screening Section. Arc Entertainment acquired the U.S. rights to the film, and released it in U.S. theaters and video-on-demand last October.

The film is also getting a Japanese language release in Japan on May 20. The Japanese release is simply titled Garm Wars. Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Psycho-Pass) is writing the Japanese script. Ryoichi Uchikoshi (Hacka Doll the Animation, RWBY) is directing the dub. Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki is producing the Japanese version. The Japanese dub cast stars Romi Park as Khara (played by Melanie St-Pierre in the original version), Haruhiko Jo as Wydd (Lance Henriksen), and Takanori Hoshino as Skellig (Kevin Durand).

The film is the first live-action English-language film by Oshii, the director of the first two Ghost in the Shell films, The Sky Crawlers, and the live-action film Avalon. Tokyo International Film Festival states that the film uses "Hybrid Animation," a technique to combine CGI and live-action filming.

Geoffrey Gunn (Fangs of War) collaborated on the English-language script, and producer and Production I.G President Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (Ghost in the Shell, The Sky Crawlers) once again worked with Oshii. Ken Nakamura (Fangs of War, Provocateur), the CEO of the Nakamura Group Advantage, also produced the film with Tetsu Fujimura (Tekken), the head of the Japanese movie business consulting firm Filosophia. Lon Molnar, the head of the visual effects studio Intelligent Creatures, served as the VFX supervisor.

Oshii began development on the film over 16 years ago, just after finishing the first Ghost in the Shell film at Production I.G in 1995. The Japanese company Bandai Visual had unveiled the project in 1997 under the tentative title of G.R.M. The Record of Garm War (Garumu Senki). Oshii postponed the film and announced it again in 2012, stating that, "At that time, the digital environment needed to realize the visuals was too undeveloped, and I was unable to create and release this film to the world."


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