Mamoru Oshii has been getting some renewed film festival attention recently in North America.
With what one could consider an over year long lead in to his pivotal Ghost in the Shell’s twentieth anniversary coming in 2015, many are taking extra opportunities to showcase his works. Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival, for instance, will be granting the director a Lifetime Achievement Award on July 17th 2014, to coincide with a special viewing of a new high definition mastering of the film. Going along with that, Brian Ruh’s book Stray Dog of Anime: The Films of Mamoru Oshii even entered its second edition this past April. For English language readers especially it is such a fantastic thing to have access to materials like that, a combination of introductory exploration for newer fans and analytical resource for veterans to return to time and again.
Mamoru Oshii, one must understand coming into a post like this, is one of my favorite filmmakers. I will watch anything he makes.