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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 <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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[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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Referenced in Pushing Tin (1999) See more »


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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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The manga for the masses.
30 July 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This is the most beautiful film i've ever seen.

There, i've said it. Watch it and be awed at how amazingly detailed and fluid the whole film is. Never does it falter in the art department. The colours are just right, the peoples movements are so real its scary, and sometimes the strong story of the film cant fit all this beauty in and so it releases it entirely in a magical scene in the middle of the film with no dialogue and no plot progression, just marvellous panoramic followed by marvellous panoramic shot. This is my favourite segment of the movie. It shows the nameless city in which the protagonists exist as a cluttered, enclosed, claustrophobic world, yet terrifyingly familiar. This film is full of such themes which subtly make their way into your mind and you dont even realise they're there until afterwards.

So lets talk about the story. Its an amazing monster of a tale, squeezing it all in barely in its short running time. It does sometimes feel a little rushed, a little convoluted so that it bears repeat viewings to get the whole thing, but it is still a strong story none the less. In fact it is a very mature story. The creators could have so easily gone the typical manga route and thrown in some invading demons or mega-destructive internet monsters. But no, the whole thing restrains intself to a realistic view of an extra-ordinary situation. it all feels like this is exactly how it would happen in real life, and that is what makes it so engaging, and so scary.

This film deserves to be seen, not just because the heavenly beauty warrants it, but because the deep issues it raises needs to be questioned. If you want to be entertained without thinking, watch Wicked City or the countless millions of other mediocre mangas out there. You want to be entertained and be made to think and question the film? See this.

You wont regret it.

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