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Ghost in the Shell (1995)
"Kôkaku Kidôtai" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Animation, Action, Mystery  |  29 March 1996 (USA)
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A female cyborg cop and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Atsuko Tanaka ...
Motoko Kusanagi (voice)
Akio Ôtsuka ...
Batou (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ...
Togusa (voice)
Yutaka Nakano ...
Ishikawa (voice)
Tamio Ôki ...
Aramaki (voice)
Tesshô Genda ...
Namaki Masakazu ...
Dr.Willis (voice)
Masato Yamanouchi ...
Minister of Foreign Affairs (voice)
Shinji Ogawa ...
Diplomat (voice)
Mitsuru Miyamoto ...
Mizuho Daita (voice)
Kazuhiro Yamaji ...
Shigeru Chiba ...
Hiroshi Yanaka ...
Coroner (voice)
Ginzô Matsuo ...
Old Man (voice)
Takashi Matsuyama ...
Terrorist (voice)


The year is 2029. The world has become intensively information oriented and humans are well-connected to the network. Crime has developed into a sophisticated stage by hacking into the interactive network. To prevent this, Section 9 is formed. These are cyborgs with incredible strengths and abilities that can access any network on Earth. Written by L.H. Wong <>

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An Animation Masterpiece
11 May 2002 | by (Cherry hill, NJ, USA) – See 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.


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