‘Ghost In The Shell’ Opening Sequence Confirms New Music From Original Composer Kenji Kawai

Nov 15, 2016



IGN was at the press event in Tokyo and got to film the opening sequence of the shelling of the Major into her new shell (robotic body).

Watch the live action Ghost in the Shell movie’s take on the anime’s iconic opening sequence, with original composer Kenji Kawai performing a new composition live on drums. At a press event in Japan, the only access to this footage was during the showcase. The press were allowed to film this sequence during the live performance.

They seemingly confirmed with the inclusion of new version of the classic track played live by original composer Kenji Kawai that he’ll have involvement as well. We recently learned that Clint Mansell (Requiem For A Dream, Moon, High-Rise) will score the film, but it’s nice to know that Kenji Kawai will still be contributing too.


Kenji (far right) was one of the three anime creatives that visited the set during production, which included the film and series directors as well.

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Check out the original opening to compare this sequence to the first anime film from 1995.

Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “GHOST IN THE SHELL” follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.

Directed by Rupert Sanders the film’s cast includes Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Takeshi Kitano, Pilou Asbaek, Chin Han, Rila Fukushima, Kaori Momoi, Lasarus Ratuere, Yutaka Izumihara, Tawanda Manyimo, Tricky, Danusia Samal, Juliette Bincohe, Michael Wincott, Joseph Naufahu, Chris Obi, Peter Ferdinado, Xavier Horan, and Ander Ng.

Ghost In The Shell is set for release on March 31st, 2017.


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