Production I.G presents 009 RE:CYBORG, a mature and thought-provoking approach to Shotaro Ishinomori's classic manga, Cyborg 009 by Kenji Kamiyama, the world-acclaimed director of the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex series and Eden of the East. The movie, in stereoscopic 3D full CG animation, opened in Japan on October 27, 2012.
Kenji Kamiyama himself wrote the script for the film, that is set in the present days. The main staff gathered around the project includes some of Japan's top creators who have already collaborated with Kamiyama in his previous works. Gato Aso (Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit) is in charge of character design duties, the score is composed by Kenji Kawai (Apocalypse), while the background art is by Yusuke Takeda (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit). The animation is produced in collaboration with Sanzigen, one of Japan's up-and-coming CG studios.
What the World Said
Richly detailed and visually immersive (The Times)
Beautifully animated -and its philosophical digressions are fascinating (Time Out UK)
Terrific-looking action sequences (The Scotsman)
This film succeeds where so many others fail in making use of 3D in a way that accentuates the on-screen scenery and characters without ever feeling like a gimmick. (MYM)
009 Re:Cyborg does for theism what Ghost in the Shell did for Cartesianism. (Vice)
This is probably studio Production I.G's best work since Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. (Twitch)
Based on the characters created by: Shotaro Ishinomori
Director / Screenplay: Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: SAC, Eden of the East)
Music: Kenji Kawai (Ghost in the Shell, The Sky Crawlers)
Character Design: Gato Aso (Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit)
Animation Director: Daisuke Suzuki
Background Art: Yusuke Takeda (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex)
Producer: Tomohiko Ishii (The Sky Crawlers, Eden of the East)
Animation: Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell) and Sanzigen (Towanoquon)
1964: nine regular humans from different parts of the world are abducted and transformed into cyborgs with astounding powers for the purpose of being used as weapons. The nine cyborgs rebel and start to fight against their creators in the name of justice. But as their struggle finally restored world peace, they eventually disappeared from the pages of history and from people's memory.
2013: skyscrapers across the world are hit by suicide bombers with no apparent connection. The nine heroes gather once again after 27 years to fight against this faceless menace. They appear untouched by time, but society around them has changed dramatically, as it has the very idea of "justice": they used to believe in... What is their role in the world now?
As the world is on the brink of chaos, His Voice whispers to the heart of men:
"In the beginning was the Voice, and the word was Him, and all obeyed His word in great awe. But those who dwelt upon the earth, through vanity, cunning and greed, built a multitude of towers whose tops reached unto heaven, and hoarded the riches of the world. Scattered across the ravaged land, man turned a deaf ear to His Voice. But He gave unto man an opportunity to atone for his misdeeds. And flame and smoke and the roar of a lion descended upon the earth, and the many towers were brought low into the dust..."
About Cyborg 009
009 RE:CYBORG is based on the Cyborg 009 characters created in 1964 by Japanese comic artist Shotaro Ishinomori. In the original comic, nine regular humans from different parts of the world are kidnapped by the evil Black Ghost organization, and transformed into cyborgs with great powers for the purpose of being used as weapons. The nine cyborgs rebel and start to fight against their creators, while struggling for their own self redemption. Ishinomori continued to write Cyborg 009 until 1985 in eight different story arcs. As the first superpowered hero team ever created in Japanese comics, Cyborg 009 proved to be a greatly influential forerunner for the generations to come, receiving three animated TV series and three movie adaptations, distributed in many countries of the world.
About Shotaro Ishinomori
Shotaro Ishinomori (1938 - 1998) is considered one of the most representative and influential Japanese comic artists. His opera omnia, encompassing an astoundingly broad variety of themes, includes 770 works collected into 500 volumes for a total of 128,000 pages, making him the Guinnes World Record-holder for the "most comics published by one author". He received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, the Japan Cartoonists Association Award and the Minister of Education Award for his work. He also received the special Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize for his long lasting contributions to the manga medium.
About Kenji Kamiyama
Born in Saitama Prefecture on March 20, 1966. In 1985 he joined the background atelier Studio Fuga. A rare example of a background artist shifting to directorial roles, Kamiyama worked as animation director in Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999) and wrote the script for Blood: The Last Vampire (2000), then debuted as director in MiniPato (2002). International attention eventually arrived with the TV series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002, Excellence Prize winner, Japan Media Arts Festival 2002) and its second season, Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd Gig (2004), followed by the feature-length Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society (2006, Jury Recommended Work at the 10th Japan Media Arts Festival, Jury Prize at the 21st Digital Content Grand Prix). In 2007, after almost 6 years spent in the world of Ghost in the Shell, Kamiyama directed the high-fantasy TV series Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit (Jury Recommended Work at the 11th Japan Media Arts Festival) followed in 2009 by Eden of the East (2009, Best TV Animation at the 14th Animation Kobe), Kamiyama's highly anticipated fully original TV series. In 2006 he 'acted' as a superlivemation digital puppet in Mamoru Oshii's Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters, in the role of Manager Kamiyama. 2011 has seen the theatrical release of the stereoscopic 3D version of his multiple award-winning Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society, of which Kamiyama personally supervised the 3D conversion.
© 2012 009 RE:CYBORG Production Committee