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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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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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At the top of its genre...
29 February 2000 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I was a huge anime fan in highschool but as time progressed, my interests and focus in media have changed. A few days ago I re-discovered my forgotten anime collection. Behold, Ghost in the Shell.

Watching this fine piece of animation again brought back the reasons why I was attracted to anime in the first place. It is obvious that a lot of work went into Ghost in the Shell; the attention to graphic details creates some remarkably realistic animation.

Though the major reason to see this film is for the animation, there are also other fine points to consider. It has a fairly complex plot. The science it focuses on is definitely modern though, albeit, fantastic.

I recommend the subtitled version because the dubbed dialog is sometimes over wordy and odd-sounding (as are most dubbed versions).

Some viewers may be turned-off by the many scenes that aren't accompanied by music, especially the action sequences. The music, however, is outstanding. There are a couple of scenes that are basically slide shows of various themes. These are accompanied with music and no dialog. The animation, to say the least, is beautiful and seems to be the focus.

In summary, Ghost in the Shell is very satisfying.

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