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Ghost in the Shell 2.0 (2008)

Kôkaku kidôtai 2.0 (original title)
A hacker known as the Puppet Master is hunted by a female cyborg cop and her partner. This film is a revised version of Ghost in the Shell (1995).

Director:

Mamoru Oshii

Writers:

Shirow Masamune (manga) (as Masamune Shirow), Kazunori Itô (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Atsuko Tanaka ... Motoko Kusanagi (voice)
Akio Ôtsuka ... Batou (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Togusa (voice)
Tesshô Genda ... Section 6 Department Chief Nakamura (voice)
Masato Yamanouchi Masato Yamanouchi ... Foreign Minister (voice)
Shinji Ogawa Shinji Ogawa ... Diplomat (voice)
Yoshiko Sakakibara ... The Puppet Master (voice)
Kazuhiro Yamaji Kazuhiro Yamaji ... Garbage Collector A (voice)
Shigeru Chiba ... Garbage Collector B (voice)
Maaya Sakamoto ... Motoko Kusanagi (young) (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Bulen ... Section 9 Staff Cyberneticist / Coroner (voice)
Gina Connell Gina Connell ... Additional Voices (voice)
Stephen Davis Stephen Davis ... Diplomat (voice)
Dorothy Elias-Fahn ... (voice) (as Dorothy Gabriel)
Richard Epcar ... Batou (voice)
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Storyline

A hacker known as the Puppet Master is hunted by a female cyborg cop and her partner. This film is a revised version of Ghost in the Shell (1995).

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Taglines:

The cyberpunk classic that inspired 'The Matrix', reworked for today!


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

12 July 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghost in the Shell 2.0 See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$489,807
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Sound Mix:

DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Section 6 retrieves Project 2501, the programming language on Dr. Willis' terminal screen is actual C code. See more »

Goofs

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Quotes

Batou: Chief, you ever question the ethics of the neurosurgeons who monkey around inside your brain?
Section 9 Department Chief Aramaki: They undergo psychiatric evaluations, especially those in security. They're subjected to a stringent screening of their personal lives. Of course, the ones who check are only human.
Batou: I guess once you start doubting, there's no end to it.
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lame
18 February 2010 | by snowboarderboSee all my reviews

I gave this 1 star out of 10, not because the story sucks or anything, but because this was a completely unnecessary waste of time and effort.

Here's the idea: take one of the greatest animes ever produced and re-draw certain shots with new CGI. Then intercut them with the original animation.

The new CGI is very well done; unfortunately, it doesn't match the original artwork at all, and tends to distract from the overall film. It's like having someone slap you every few seconds.

One other reviewer mentioned that this seemed like something George Lucas would do, and if you saw the "new" Star Wars films that came out in the 1990s with added scenes and (crappily done) CGI, you've had a taste of what was done with GITS 2.0. But imagine if the original was in B&W and the new scenes were not just in color, but completely CGI. That's how jarring GITS 2.0 is.

If the creators wanted to do something with the new CGI technology that exists, they should have come up with a new idea, not tried to re-hash an old movie. They aren't even "re- imagining" it, they are just doing it over again. It's as if an artist working with charcoal discovered watercolors, and then tried to paint over all his old works. This was a terrible idea.

My advice is to forget that this movie exists, and just watch the original.


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