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Oshii’s Assault Girls (2009): teaser trailer

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Last month we had the first details of Mamoru Oshii’s new live-action flick Assault Girls – today we have a teaser trailer, courtesy of Nippon Cinema. The site also has some more details about the plot:
In the aftermath of global thermonuclear war, the Earth’s surface has been turned into a desert battlefield. Three beautiful female hunters: Gray (Meisa Kuroki), Lucifer (Rinko Kikuchi), and Colonel (Hinako Saeki) traverse the barren landscape armed with powerful assault rifles to fight a group of deadly sand-dwelling monsters called “sunakujira” (sand whales). When the the epic battle eventually seems to be coming to an end, the sparkle of muzzle flash dies down and assault ship flies overhead. Suddenly, a gigantic super mutation called “Madara Sunakujira” attacks.

To me it looks like Oshii might be letting off some steam here, and making a balls out, low budget action movie – but that might just be editing and the clips that have been used here. Hopefully we’ll also get some of the moody, down-tempo stuff he did so well in Avalon. Wither way, the Dune influences still seem pretty strong. So what do you think? Hit the comments below and let me know.

6 thoughts on “Oshii’s Assault Girls (2009): teaser trailer”

  1. Hmmm, looks pretty cool, wonder what the worms will turn out to be. kinda wierd the way they descintegrate like that, almost like they’re made of computer graphics, or maybee these assault girl types have nano rounds in their rifles, which upon impact, release their nano payload which in turn multiplies exponentially at incredible speed while symultaniously dismantling their victim cell by cell! Would be perfect for dealing with such large and agile foes. I imagine there’s gotta be more to these worms then just a bunch of marauding beasts, hmmm we shall see! It certainly looks like there’s some similarity with Dune, but beyond the simple desert setting, who knows. Looks good though, cant wait!

  2. Love Rinko, she was amazing in Brothers Bloom, and it actually looks pretty when there aren’t big CG worms on the screen. I wish Shinichiro Watanabe would make a live action film with Rinko.

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