Anime auteur Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell, Innocence) has announced his first live-action film in eight years, reports Variety.
Titled Assault Girls, the movie stars Oscar-nominated Rinko Kikuchi (Babel), Meisa Kuroki and Hinako Saeki as hunters in a desert landscape in a post-apocalyptic world. Their quarry, called “sand whales,” are huge, morphing beasts.
Oshii’s last live-action feature was the 2001 sci-fi epic Avalon. His latest animated film, the sci-fi actioner Sky Crawlers, was released by Warner in Japan last August, while playing at many festivals abroad.
Assault Girls is scheduled for a Dec. 19 release through the Theater Tokyo chain.