Saturday, May 28, 2011

Mamoru Oshii's "Cyborg 009" short shows up online... but is it a trailer for a future project?

by Chris MaGee

It was way back in October that we told you about how Mamoru Oshii was directing a new animated short film based around Shotaro Ishinomori's classic manga "Cyborg 009". That manga tells the story of an organization called The Black Ghost Society that transforms people into cybernetic agents. Perfect material for Oshii, who brought us "Ghost in the Shell", right?

At that point word was that Oshii's take on "Cyborg 009" would only be a 5-minute short film that would screen at the Panasonic booth at the CEATEC Japan 2010 trade show. Now the film has popped up online, but the big surprise is that this 5-minute short looks more like a 5-minute trailer. Could it be as we'd predicted last year? That Oshii, who has a habit of revisiting his fantastical "Ghost in the Shell" and "Assault Girls" worlds, may be doing the same with "Cyborg 009"? Can we expect a full length feature in the near future?

You be the judge. Head over to Wildgrounds to watch the full film/ trailer and see if you think we can expect more cyborg goodness in the near future.

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