Ghost in the Shell

Warning: *spoilers!*

Our third episode of the Price Projection Room features a discussion of the sci-fi film Ghost in the Shell directed by Rupert Sanders, based on the famous Japanese Manga written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow.

The film has also sparked controversy on its casting choices, with many critics claiming another instance of Hollywood whitewashing due to film’s Japanese origin. We discuss the nature of remakes, the whitewashing controversy, whether the film adds to the Ghost world, and Scarlett Johansson – is Ghost in the Shell the perfect conversation starter for the cultural moment?

Featuring Alessandro Ago, Meiling Cheng, Aubrey Hicks, Jonathan Schwartz, and Erroll Southers


To listen to the Price Projection Room discussion of Ghost in the Shell click the orange arrow in the Soundcloud player at the top of this post. Or download and subscribe through iTunes, Soundcloud, or Google Play.

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Links and related reading/listening …

USC’s  Outside the Box [Office] Screening Calendar
The original Ghost in the Shell is iconic anime, and a rich philosophical text
Ghost in the Shell and anime’s troubled history with representation
Ghost in the Shell’s whitewashing: does Hollywood have an Asian problem?
The Incredible Art Of The Ghost In The Shell Movie
Ghost in the Shell’s Twist Ending Pulls a Reverse Get Out, Makes the Whitewashing Even Worse
Whitewashing Ghost in the Shell
The Philosophy, Storytelling & Visual Creativity of Ghost in the Shell, the Acclaimed Anime Film, Explained in Video Essays

What to watch next …

Blade Runner
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Ghost in the Shell : Stand Alone Complex (TV Series)
Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG (TV series)
Ghost in the Shell: Arise (TV Series)


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This podcast is sponsored by Price Video Services and USC Bedrosian Center,
and continues our ongoing efforts to bring policy and its impact into the public discourse.

Special thanks to Dean Jack Knott, USC Price; Dean David Bridel, USC School of Dramatic Arts; and Dean Elizabeth Daley, USC Cinematic Arts for their support of this interdisciplinary conversation. 

This podcast was produced by Aubrey Hicks and Jonathan Schwartz, recorded and mixed by Corey Hedden.

Executive Director, Bedrosian Center on Governance Aubrey Hicks is the Executive Director at the Bedrosian Center, where she overseas day-to-day operations, including content management and podcast production for the Center. Prior to joining the Bedrosian Center, Aubrey served as the Program Coordinator at The POGIL Project, a national professional development organization for educators. She also served as an academic reference librarian at Moravian College and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her work as a librarian led her to publishing: she worked in marketing and journal administration at Elsevier Science and Cornell University Press, and briefly served as Managing Editor for the Journal of Public Policy. She holds a degree in English from Moravian College and an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. For more information, see her LinkedIn page.

Jonathan Schwartz Jonathan Schwartz has spent over 10 years in the corporate video space with a specialization in production and marketing to fully realize, protect, and enhance a company’s brand through video. Projects that Jonathan has produced/directed have been featured in national marketing campaigns - distributed both on the web and broadcast television. Jonathan also has an extensive technical background which he leverages to build state of the art and award winning digital delivery systems. Currently, Jonathan is the Director of Video Productions and Operations at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy where he has designed and implemented cost-effective streaming and video solutions/workflows which has allowed the University to reduce costs and bring production in-house. Jonathan came to USC from Celebrity Cruises, where he designed and implemented their on-board closed circuit IP-TV station / delivery system for their Solstice Class of ships. Jonathan also has a passion for the narrative space, and produces / directs short films that are often featured in film festivals around the country. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California - School of Cinematic Arts.