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Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Kôkaku Kidôtai (original title)
TV-MA | | Animation, Action, Crime | 29 March 1996 (USA)
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A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

Director:

Mamoru Oshii

Writers:

Shirow Masamune (based on the manga by) (as Masamune Shirow), Kazunori Itô (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Atsuko Tanaka ... Kusanagi Motoko (voice)
Akio Ôtsuka ... Batô (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Togusa (voice)
Yutaka Nakano Yutaka Nakano ... Ishikawa (voice)
Tamio Ôki Tamio Ôki ... Aramaki (voice)
Tesshô Genda ... Nakamura buchô (voice)
Namaki Masakazu Namaki Masakazu ... Urisu hakase (voice)
Masato Yamanouchi Masato Yamanouchi ... Gaimu daijin (voice)
Shinji Ogawa Shinji Ogawa ... Gaikôkan (voice)
Mitsuru Miyamoto Mitsuru Miyamoto ... Daida Mizuho (voice)
Kazuhiro Yamaji Kazuhiro Yamaji ... Seisô kyokuin (voice)
Shigeru Chiba ... Seisô kyokuin (voice)
Hiroshi Yanaka Hiroshi Yanaka ... Kenshi-kan (voice)
Ginzô Matsuo Ginzô Matsuo ... Ossan (voice)
Takashi Matsuyama Takashi Matsuyama ... Jikkô-han (voice)
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Storyline

It is the year 2029. Technology has advanced so far that cyborgs are commonplace. In addition, human brains can connect to the internet directly. Major Motoko Kusanagi is an officer in Section 9, an elite, secretive police division that deals with special operations, including counter terrorism and cyber crime. She is currently on the trail of the Puppet Master, a cyber criminal who hacks into the brains of cyborgs in order to obtain information and to commit other crimes. Written by grantss

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It's found its voice... now it needs a body. See more »


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Trivia

Mamoru Oshii: [Basset Hound] See more »

Goofs

In some shots, Batou appears to be wearing gloves with holes for the knuckles. In other shots, there appear to be no holes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: In the near future: Corporate networks reach out to the stars, electrons and light flow throughout the universe. - The advance of computerisation, however, has not yet wiped out nations and ethnic groups.
Dispatcher: [on radio] To all units: Code 2-0-8 in district C-13, Newport City. Air space is closed. I repeat...
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Alternate Versions

The movie was released in Germany on VHS by Manga Video. The version was uncut, though it was rated 16. There was a second release by Ascot, the movie, the package design and everything was exactly the same, except that this version was rated 18, but the disclaimer at the beginning still showed the 16 rating. Further more Ascot replaced the Manga Entertainment logo at the beginning of the movie and the credits scroll down to their full length where Manga cut them a bit. It seams like the Ascot-Video was intended for rental-use only. See more »

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References The Terminator (1984) See more »

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Open theme song
The lyrics is ancient Japanese wedding prayer and music is Bulgarian style arranged in traditional Japanese notes.
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An Animation Masterpiece
11 May 2002 | by queitusSee all my reviews

This is an incredible work in the science fiction category, but an absolute masterpiece in terms of animated film.

Deep thematic probing and philosophical questions dot the story. Characters that are cyborg-humans question their existence... this is a true potential problem for the far future. Is something created outside of a womb without a soul? Do souls even exist? Set all this against some incredible action sequences, plenty of eye candy, and a very dark, acrid backdrop of the future of civilization. This is a summer blockbuster and more. It's ashame that most people are too close-minded to consider a film like this.

Bad guys and good guys? No clue. I had to watch the film 3 times to

-Understand the plot fully -Understand the motivations of the characters -Realize the depth of the film -And still I'm left with questions

If you open your mind, Ghost in the Shell settle itself within you... it will linger far after your first viewing. You will realize that a movie can have action, incredible effects, and STILL be deep.

Drama, mystique, philosophy, intrigue, "going out on a limb" quality, action, adventure, deep characters who don't fall into bad or good categories, beautiful imagery, mind-boggling plot... even some comedy! I just can't get over the fact that I have never before seen a more perfect mix of the elements which make a masterpiece. EVER.

10/10.


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Japan | UK

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

29 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY600,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,736, 4 February 1996

Gross USA:

$515,905

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$516,540
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Dolby Stereo (Original Japanese)| Dolby Atmos

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1.85 : 1
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