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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 cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.



(screenplay), (comic)
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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 <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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


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Release Date:

29 March 1996 (USA)  »

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Box Office


JPY 600,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

| (5.1 surround)


| (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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There are multiple references to Oshii's earlier film "Angel's Egg" in the final climax. The tree of life in a room filled with fossils is taken directly from Angel's Egg. Also the feathers are in the climax of both films. See more »


[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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Composed and Arranged by Kenji Kawai
Lyrics Pong Chack Man
Vocals Fang Ka Wing
Chorus Junko Hirotani
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A masterpiece of Art, Technology and Culture...

I would highly recommend this cyber-political-industrial thriller that envisions our future in a hyper realistic (idealistic?) way. The plot is excellent, though I did not get it the first time. The quality of the graphics surpasses any anime available on the market and the soundtrack is beautiful. The creative team did an amazing job providing the movie with fine details, harmony in this very descriptive world of high technology (AI) and traditional Japan. I thoroughly believe it is a masterpiece, a unique audio-visual experience. (cf. Blade Runner, Akira)

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