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ARC Entertainment has acquired US rights to the visually striking sci-fi thriller Garm Wars: The Last Druid, a film 15 years in the making from directed by Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell) and co-written by Geoffrey Gunn (Siren). The film stars newcomer Melanie St-Pierre (Barney’s Version), Kevin Durand (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Lance Henriksen (Aliens).

ARC Entertainment will release the film in theaters and on VOD on October 2, 2015.

“Mamoru Oshii’s creative vision shines brilliantly throughout this film, with remarkable action and special effects from beginning to end,” said ARC Entertainment’s Head of Acquisitions Scott Moesta. “We’re excited to bring this unique story to the big screen for audiences, and especially genre fans to enjoy across the U.S.”

Visionary director Mamoru Oshii is best known for his seminal film Ghost in the Shell, a work famously cited by the Wachowski’s as a direct influence behind their iconic film The Matrix.

Offical Synopsis:
Garm Wars is a live action/CGI hybrid about a world on the brink of total collapse. The planet Annwn, inhabited by the Garm, is engaged in perpetual warfare among three tribes. One Columba fighter pilot, Khara (St-Pierre), embarks on a quest with an unlikely trio: Kumtak tribal elder Wydd (Henriksen), a sacred dog Gula, and one of the last remaining mystical Druids from a long forgotten time. A Briga soldier, Skellig (Durand), accompanies the small band after forging an uneasy truce with Khara. As they struggle across the land in the search for answers to their existence, they encounter raging storms, fierce giants, and mechanical mayhem. They survive these trials only to meet their most difficult challenge yet, a desperate battle against impossible odds for the truth they seek.

Joining forces with his longtime collaborator, composer Kenji Kawai (The Ring), and three-time Oscar Nominated Sound Designer Tom Myers (Up, Toy Story) of Skywalker Sound, Mamoru Oshii delivers a feast for the eyes and ears.

Recommended Release: Ghost in the Shell

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MrSatyre (7 years ago) Reply

I've always been a big fan of Oshii's, but this just doesn't work. He should stick to manga and/or anime. The actors look incredibly wooden, the costumes look silly and cheap, and and and. This could have been a relatively decent anime, but knowing Oshii's propensity for long-winded diatribes from his main characters on esoteric subjects would have probably made this as tortuous as everything else he's done. Cerebral is all well and good, but he tends to bore us to death with endless expositions.


newcleardawn (7 years ago) Reply

Right on dude

I just hope I live long enough to see another good anime by Oshii. This is just silly.

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