Five-Minute “Ghost in the Shell” Clip

Paramount has now released a five-minute clip from the upcoming live-action “Ghost in the Shell” online.

Taking place right around the start of the film, the clip gives us a look at a scene heavily glimpsed in the trailer – Scarlett Johansson’s The Major leaping off a building and into a gunfight as Robo-Geishas get involved.

The clip comes as a controversy regarding the white-washing of the Major Motoko Kusanagi character played by Johansson continues, but one person who is not having it is Mamoru Oshii, the director of the original anime film. He tells IGN this week:

“What issue could there possibly be with casting her? The Major is a cyborg and her physical form is an entirely assumed one. The name ‘Motoko Kusanagi’ and her current body are not her original name and body, so there is no basis for saying that an Asian actress must portray her. Even if her original body (presuming such a thing existed) were a Japanese one, that would still apply. In the movies, John Wayne can play Genghis Khan, and Omar Sharif, an Arab, can play Doctor Zhivago, a Slav. It’s all just cinematic conventions. If that’s not allowed, then Darth Vader probably shouldn’t speak English, either. I believe having Scarlett play Motoko was the best possible casting for this movie. I can only sense a political motive from the people opposing it, and I believe artistic expression must be free from politics.”

Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche, Neat Takeshi Kitano, Michael Wincott, and Pilou Asbaek also star in the film which opens March 31st.