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Looks like anime demi-god and Ghost in the Shell/Sky Crawlers director Mamoro Oshii is taking a break from his trademark dystopian futures to travel back to medieval Japan for his next flick Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai. Production IG have just launched a teaser site/trailer for the movie, which is due to hit Japanese theatres next summer, and the infamous auteur is backed up by an impressive staff, including Mizuho Nishikubo (GiTS, Sky Crawlers) and Kazuto Nakazawa (Kill Bill 1, Samurai Champloo) amongst others.

The film is based on the life and works of the legendary Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645), author of The Book of Five Rings (五輪書, Go Rin No Sho), a book on strategy, tactics, and philosophy that is still studied today. Interestingly, it’s not Oshii’s only foray into sword fighting this year – he recently contributed a segment to the live action duelling anthology KIRU ~ KILL. Check the trailer below – I’m sure all you Oshii (and Avalon in particular) fans will be able to spot which clip is his…

This just occurred to me though….did they have Oshii’s signature Basset Hounds in 16th century Japan….?