Behind Ghost in the Shell's geisha mask

Discover the story behind Ghost in the Shell's stunning Red-Robed Geisha design.

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Academy Award-winning effects studio Weta Workshop teamed up with costume designers Kurt & Bart (Dallas Buyers Club, The Hunger Games) to create the beautiful Geisha design for Ghost in the Shell.

Inspired by a traditional kimono, the piece includes an intricate red robe with an illuminated collar, framing an austere animatronic mask. On the mask, magnetic facial flaps swing open to reveal highly detailed mechanical inner-workings.

In total, the team created 13 full Geishas and 25 Geisha masks and wigs for the film.

Visitors to Wellington can now see the work up close at Weta Cave where it is on permanent display.

Discover Ghost in the Shell's Geisha design

A movie poster featuring the Geisha, Wellington

By Paramount Pictures

Artwork for the Geisha design, Wellington

By Paramount Pictures

The Red-Robed Geisha Mask, Wellington

By Paramount Pictures

Geisha mask inner-workings, Wellington

By Paramount Pictures

Ghost in the Shell is produced by Paramount Pictures and Dreamworks Pictures and based on the famous Kodansha Comics manga series of the same name, written and illustrated by Shirow Masamune.

The majority of filming took place at Peter Jackson’s Stone Street Studios in Wellington, New Zealand.

Take a tour of Weta Workshop's Weta Cave in Wellington.

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