Casting News For The Live-Action PATLABOR Movie
Details were being kept under wraps for the live-action Patalabor movie but a press conference has revealed some casting developments. Read on for details on the complex and ambitious project.
New details have been revealed on the Patlabor live-action movie from Japan's Tohokushinsha Film Corporation. The film will not be a remake of amoru Oshii's (Ghost in the Shell) original anime but will instead tell a completely new story. The project has been dubbed Patlabor - The Third Generation and is set in 2013, where the Tokyo Metropolitan Police force has been disbanded. The TMP has been dispersed into two separate divisions, Section 2, "police robots" Division 1 and Section 2 "barely holding on, budget cut" Division 2.
Former singer Erina Mano will play the lead heroine, Akira Izumino. Rounding out the cast are Seiji Fukushi as Yūma Shiobara, Rina Oota as Ekaterina Krachevna Kankaeva, voice-actor Shigeru Chiba will play his anime character, maintenance squad chief Shigeo Shiba, and Toshio Kakei as Captain Keiji Gotōda.
The project will be released in several installments that will receive short theatrical runs in Japan starting in April. The anthology esque project will debut with an episode 0 that's 10 minutes long and continue with 12 more episodes that are each, 48 minutes long. Oshii will direct one or more of the episodes but other directors will helm some of the others. Oshii is also working on a traditional feature film that will be released in 2015. The project has a budget of approximately $20 million USD, with filming having begun in June and ending in December.
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|Patlabor also known as Mobile Police Patlabor, is a 1988 anime and manga that centered around the special robotics force of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police as they solved various cases in a then-near-future of 1998. There have been several anime films, anime series, mangas, light novels and video games to date.|
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