Anime Movies

Oshii to Direct Live-Action ‘Patlabor’

manoIt’s rare that an anime title being adapted into live action results in anything other than laughable suckiness, but it looks like the upcoming Patlabor film, Patlabor The Next Generation, has chance to buck the trend.

First, it’s being directed by rock-star anime director Mamoru Oshii, who in addition to directing the original animated Patlabor movies, also made the first two Ghost in the Shell films.

Second, they’ve cast idol Erina Mano as Noa Izumi, the bob-haired, giant robot obsessed protagonist of the series.  The choice has gone over very well with fans in Japan, due in part to Mano’s uncanny resemblance to the the character.

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