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Kôkaku Kidôtai (1995)
Setting the bar very high
I have seen Ghost in the Shell (GITS) many times and would still watch it again if someone else suggested it. It is the anime I would recommend to anyone interested in getting into the genre. The only problem is that GITS sets the standards for anime so high that most other works of the genre will disappoint. GITS is just the right length but will inevitably leaving you wanting to see more like it. It is certainly the Blade Runner of anime and a must see.
Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
I cut this movie a lot of slack because it is based on a W. Gibson short story.
Why does everyone hate that movie so much!?! All the reviews I have read called it "confusing". How could it be confusing?
1. Takes place in a world created in William Gibson's many works of fiction. 2. Man has data in head. 3. Others REALLY want data. 4. Man tries to get data out of head before it kills him -- or the people chasing him do.
Along the way there are some colorful characters, cool gadgets and cityscapes from Gibson's 2021, and even a smidgen of romance (but not enough to bother anyone). I mean what's the problem!?! The movie is very faithful to Gibson's vision and even asks the main character to wrestle with an ethical dilemma or two while all the action is going on...