Following the non-nuclear war that killed half the world’s population, the city-nation of Olympus stands as a beacon of hope in a world of chaos and conflict. The utopian metropolis in governed by Gaia, a vast artificial intelligence, and administered by genetically engineered humanoids known as Bioroids, whose designer DNA suppresses strong emotions. With Bioroids being half of its population, peace and order are easily maintained.
Deunan Knute, a young female warrior, and Briareos Hecatonchires, a veteran cyborg-soldier, are both partners and lovers. As members of ES.W.A.T the elite special forces serving Olympus, they are deployed wherever trouble strikes. The two fighters find their partnership tested in a new way by the arrival of a new member to their rank – an experimental Bioroid named Tereus. Created by Gaia using DNA from Briareos, Tereus uncannily resembles Briareos before the wartime injuries that led to his becoming a cyborg. Not only does this trouble Deunan, but Briareos’s DNA give Tereus more than just top-notch fighting skills. This battle-ready Bioroid is like Briareos in another way: he has strong romantic feelings for Deunan!
As the same time, Olympus finds itself under a stealth attack by a mysterious cabal of scientists intent on imposing their own version of world peace upon the people of the world. Cyborg terrorism, deadly nanotech, fanatical zealots, and rioting citizens are just some of the threats that Deunan must contend with as she fight to save Olympus, and save mankind from plunging into a new kind of hell.
This 2-disc DVD is available locally for P599.
Woot! One of my favorite anime films of all time will be redone in live-action and with no less than Steven Spielberg himself who will helm the makeover. ^^
Manga classic Ghost in the Shell will receive a 3-D, live-action makeover from Steven Spielberg.
Shirow Masamune’s 1989 graphic novel, which inspired the Wachowski Brothers to create The Matrix, also spawned TV series and movies including DreamWorks’ 2004 Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (pictured). Bullish on both anime and 3-D, DreamWorks beat out Universal and Sony to secure the rights from former Marvel Comics mastermind Avi Arad.
One of my favorite anime directors, Hayao Miyazaki, will have a new film out this year. Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (Gake no Ue no Ponyo) will be shown in Japan on July 19 2008. It will be the first Miyazaki film to feature a watercolor, handpainted look.