His Own Selection: Mamoru Oshii

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『GHOST IN THE SHELL/攻殻機動隊』©1995 士郎正宗 / 講談社・バンダイビジュアル・MANGA ENTERTAINMENT
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『うる星やつら2 ビューティフル・ドリーマー』©1984 東宝 ©高橋留美子/小学館
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『イノセンス』©2004 士郎正宗 / 講談社・IG, ITNDDTD

Shining the spotlight on Japanese directors active from the 1980s onward, the National Film Centre's 'His Own Selection' programme welcomes Mamoru Oshii for its fifth edition. Born in Tokyo in 1951, Oshii started his career as a storyboard artist making anime for TV before breaking big with the Urusei Yatsura series and, in 1983, directing his first feature-length film (Urusei Yatsura: Only You). After working on Patlabor with the Headgear group that also included the likes of Kazunori Ito, Oshii came out with Ghost in the Shell (1995) – and the rest is history. This two-week feature includes a total of 20 Ishii films – see the full programme and schedule here (in Japanese only).

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