The newly released official trailer for Assault Girls [aka Asaruto gâruzu] (Japan-2009; dir. Mamoru Oshii) represents a massive upgrade on even the great potential we’ve seen before:
In the aftermath of global thermonuclear war, the Earth’s surface has been turned into a desert battlefield. Three beautiful female hunters — Gray (Meisa Kuroki), Lucifer (Rinko Kikuchi), and Colonel (Hinako Saeki) — traverse the barren landscape armed with powerful assault rifles to fight a group of deadly sand-dwelling monsters called sunakujira (sand whales). When the the epic battle eventually seems to be coming to an end, the sparkle of muzzle flash dies down and an assault ship flies overhead. Suddenly, a gigantic super mutation called Madara Sunakujira attacks. (Nippon Cinema)
Oshii is perhaps most famous for the hi-tech anti-cybernetic-terrorist anime Ghost in the Shell and the live-action VR scifi film Avalon. Assault Girls premieres in Japan on 19 December 2009.