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Ghost in the Shell -- A female cyborg cop and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

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Release Date:
29 March 1996 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
It Found A Voice... Now It Needs A Body See more »
Plot:
A female cyborg cop and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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5 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Akio Ôtsuka ... Bateau (voice)
Atsuko Tanaka ... Major Motoko Kusanagi (voice)
Iemasa Kayumi ... Project 2501 aka 'The Puppet Master' (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Togusa (voice)
Tamio Ôki ... Section 9 Department Chief Aramaki (JPN) (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stephen Apostolina ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Stephen Platt)

Steve Blum ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Roger Canfield)
Steve Bulen ... Section 9 Staff Cyberneticist / Coroner (voice: English version)
Toni Burke ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Richard Cansino ... Diplomat (voice: English version) (as Steve Davis)
Tom Carlton ... Garbage Collector A (voice: English version)
George Celik ... Old Man (voice: English version)
Shigeru Chiba ... Garbage Collector B (voice)
Gina Connell ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Richard Epcar ... Bateau (voice: English version) (as Richard George)
Dorothy Gabriel ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Tesshô Genda ... Section 6 Department Chief Nakamura (voice)
Leo Gray ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Meg Hamilton ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Milton James ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Murray Williams)
Christopher Joyce ... Togusa (voice: English version)
William Knight ... Section 9 Department Chief Aramaki (voice: English version) (as William Frederick)
Namaki Masakazu ... Dr.Willis (voice)
Joan Mason ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Takashi Matsuyama ... Terrorist (voice)
Mitsuru Miyamoto ... Daita Mizuho (voice)
Gilbert Navarro ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Shinji Ogawa ... Notorious Diplomat (voice)
Gloria Oldman ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Ben Parks ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Scott Prensor ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Simon Prescott ... Section 6 Department Chief Nakamura (voice: English version) (as Ben Isaacson)
Debra Rogers ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as S.J. Charvin)
Joe Romersa ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Joe Michaels)
Maaya Sakamoto ... Motoko (Girl) (voice)
Donald Salin ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Lia Sargent ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Kevin Seymour ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Michael Porter)
Sam Sheffer ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Michael Sorich ... Ishikawa (voice: English version) (as Mike Sorich)
Peter Spellos ... Bad Guy (voice: English version) (as David Conrad)

Skip Stellrecht ... Minister (voice: English version) (as Hank Smith)
Doug Stone ... Garbage Collector B (voice: English version)
Yûji Ueda ... Assault-Unit Operator (voice)
Phil Williams ... Dr. Willis (voice: English version)
Amy Wong ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Amy Wong)
Mimi Woods ... Major Motoko Kusanagi (voice: English version)
Tom Wyner ... Puppet Master (voice: English version) (as Abe Lasser)
Kazuhiro Yamaji ... Garbage Collector A (voice)
Masato Yamanouchi ... Foreign Minister (voice)
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Directed by
Mamoru Oshii 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kazunori Itô 
Masamune Shirow  comic

Produced by
Andy Frain .... executive producer
Laurence Guinness .... associate producer
Makoto Ibuki .... associate producer
Mitsuhisa Ishikawa .... producer
Ken Iyadomi .... producer
Ken Matsumoto .... producer
Teruo Miyahara .... executive producer
Yoshimasa Mizuo .... producer
Takashi Mogi .... executive producer
Yasushi Sukeof .... associate producer
Shigeru Watanabe .... producer
Hiroshi Yamazaki .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Kenji Kawai 
 
Cinematography by
Hisao Shirai 
 
Film Editing by
Shûichi Kakesu 
 
Production Design by
Takashi Watabe 
 
Art Direction by
Hiromasa Ogura 
 
Production Management
Ryuji Mitsumoto .... production manager
 
Art Department
Makiko Kojima .... ink and paint: Production I.G.
 
Sound Department
Arman Boyles .... sound mix assistant
Les Claypool III .... additional sound effects (as Les E. Claypool)
Les Claypool III .... post-production sound supervisor (as Les E. Claypool)
Sean England .... foley recordist (2008 special edition)
Shuji Inoue .... sound recording engineer
Kurt Kassulke .... sound re-recording mixer
Hironori Ono .... sound effects assistant
Paul Ratajczak .... sound re-recording mixer
Kazutoshi Satou .... sound effects
Kazuhiro Wakabayashi .... sound director
Akira Yoda .... sound associate
Masatoshi Yokomizo .... sound associate
 
Special Effects by
Mutsu Murakami .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Tetsuo Kaneko .... opticals
Masao Shibata .... opticals
 
Animation Department
Masahiro Andô .... animator
Koichi Arai .... animator
Shinji Arakawa .... animator
Miho Asatani .... inbetween artist: Production IG
Hisashi Eguchi .... animator
Toyoaki Emura .... animator
Masumi Ezaki .... inbetween artist: Production IG
Satoi Fujiwara .... inbetween artist: Production IG
Keiko Hagimori .... inbetween artist: DR Movie
Hideki Hamazu .... animator
Takashi Hashimoto .... animator
Sachiyo Hiraide .... inbetween artist: DR Movie
Kazuya Hoshi .... animator
Katsuki Ikeda .... inbetween artist: Production IG
Seong-kim Im .... inbetween artist: DR Movie
Toshiyuki Inoue .... animator
Akiharu Ishii .... animator
Mitsuo Iso .... animator
Yoshiyuki Itô .... animator
Hiroyo Izumi .... inbetween artist: Production IG
Yûko Kami .... inbetween artist: Production IG
Shôji Kawamori .... mechanical designer
Kumiko Kawana .... animator
Hiroshi Kawasaki .... animator
Moon-hee Kim .... inbetween artist: DR Movie
Soon-ah Kim .... inbetween artist: DR Movie
Yoon-sook Kim .... inbetween artist: DR Movie
Kazuchika Kise .... animator
Kazuchika Kise .... key animation supervisor
Kôji Komurakata .... animator
Yûko Koyama .... inbetween artist: Production IG
Jae-sook Lee .... inbetween artist: DR Movie
Seok-min Lee .... inbetween artist: DR Movie
Nobuko Mizuta .... cel checker
Namiko Mori .... inbetween artist: Production IG
Yasushi Muraki .... animator
Kayoko Nabeta .... inbetween artist: Production IG
Akiko Nagashima .... inbetween artist: Production IG
Mika Nakabayashi .... inbetween artist: Production IG
Rieko Nakai .... inbetween artist: Production IG
Tamaki Nakatsu .... assistant to animation director
Toshihiko Nishikubo .... animation director
Yasuhiro Ohshima .... animator
Tensai Okamura .... animator
Hiroyuki Okiura .... animator
Hiroyuki Okiura .... character designer
Hiroyuki Okiura .... key animation supervisor
Tetsuhito Saitô .... animator
Mamoru Sasaki .... animator
Masahiro Satô .... inbetween artist: Production IG
Kanami Sekiguchi .... inbetween artist: Production IG
Mitsumi Shitani .... inbetween artist: Production IG
Itsuko Takeda .... inbetween artist: Production IG
Kyôko Taketani .... inbetween artist: Production IG
Atsushi Takeuchi .... animator
Atsushi Takeuchi .... mechanical designer
Yûichi Tanaka .... animator (as Yuichi Tanaka)
Manabu Tanzawa .... animator
Takashi Watabe .... background designer
Keiko Watanabe .... inbetween artist: DR Movie
Sawako Yajima .... inbetween artist: Production IG
Yayoi Yamashita .... cel checker
Yoshio Yamazaki .... inbetween artist: Production IG
Miyako Yatsu .... animator
Masayuki Yoshiwara .... animator
Kumiko Yusa .... color setter
Hiroyoshi Ôkawa .... animator
 
Editorial Department
Hiroaki Hirabayashi .... color timer
Takeshi Imai .... assistant editor
Shigeyuki Yamamori .... assistant editor
Yayoi Ôtake .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Mamoru Akimoto .... production scheduler
Danielle Garnier .... publicity staff: publicity
Paul C. Halbert .... translator: English
Nobuhiro Hayashi .... translation coordinator
Mitsuo Iso .... weapons designer
Naoki Kanazawa .... video effects
Hirokazu Karasawa .... weapons advisor
Yumiko Katayama .... color section
Ayako Koike .... title designer
Megumi Maeda .... production scheduler
Yutaka Maseba .... translation coordinator
Mary Mason .... adr script
Haruo Mizuno .... production coordinator
Toru Nozaki .... advertising
Kikuo Nôtomi .... weapons advisor
Shuichi Satou .... color section
Kevin Seymour .... adr script (as Quint Lancaster)
Kevin Seymour .... voice director
Teruhisa Tajima .... title designer
Shigeyuki Tsuchida .... video effects
Taro Yoshida .... translation coordinator
Taro Yoshida .... translator: English
Tomio Yoshioka .... international coordinator
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kôkaku Kidôtai" - Japan (original title)
"Armored Riot Police" - International (English title) (alternative title), USA (alternative title)
"Ghost in the Shell 2.0" - International (English title) (restored version)
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Runtime:
83 min
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Color:
Color | Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A | Canada:14A (British Columbia) | Canada:14+ (TV rating) | Finland:K-15 (re-rating) | Finland:K-12 (video rating) | France:-12 | Germany:16 | Germany:16 (video rating) | Ireland:15 | Italy:T (re-rating) (video rating) | Italy:VM14 (video rating) | Japan:PG-12 | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:12 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R | USA:TV-14 (LVS) | USA:TV-MA (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
First anime film to be released at the same time in Japan, Britain, and the United States. Its intended goal was to bring anime to a more mainstream audience in the UK and the US. It didn't, but it did become a sleeper hit on video and DVD.See more »
Quotes:
BatÙ:That's all it is.
BatÙ:Information.
BatÙ:Even a simulated experience or a dream is simultaneous reality and fantasy.
BatÙ:Any way you look at it, all the information that a person accumulates in a lifetime is just a drop in the bucket.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
See You EverydaySee more »

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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Unbelievable, 23 January 2005
Author: antialias11 from Bonn, Germany

That anime could be this good. I'd thought I'd seen good anime when a friend brought me 'Akira', but this one is just awesome.

It has everything that one could want. An interesting plot, deep thoughts, nice dialog, hot chicks, cool action, neat tech, and animation that puts everything to shame which has ever been produced in the western world.

Now when I watch anime I usually expect (and dread) the scene which will explain something about the fundamental nature of life, the universe, or whatever. This is (the only part) where 'Akira' failed. This is where 'Final Fantasy' went down the drain. But 'Ghost in the Shell' shines here brightly.

While watching it for the first time I had always this nagging feeling that some such scene would turn up and ruin the truly stunning visuals. Not so. After the '2501' monologue the story really comes together and you start to be eager for story development instead of just looking for the many details and extravagant action sequences.

A word on the story: No, you will probably not 'get' the story the first time around. Especially in the English version you will have to make the connection between MoFA, MF, MFA and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that is easy to get confused over. The whole storyline might not be quite as complicated as understanding some 'Aeon Fluxx' episodes, but you have to rewatch the story to get a feel for the interconnection of the different players - especially if you are not familiar with the Ghost in the Shell literature. The story,thank god, is not dumbed down for the average viewer. This is what makes rewatching it so enjoyable. It has also some nice reflections on what it means to be human - things you may ask of yourself after the movie finishes ('Who knows what's inside our heads. Have you ever seen your own brain?').

The animation is superb, and used to unusual effect. The details are exquisite - especially cloth effects and character motions. There are a few scenes that only have music or an accentuating sound effect in the background while the animators show off their full artistic talent. But it's not just show-off time, the visuals are tied in with the subject and leave the viewer time to reflect on the philosophical/sociological messages (like showing the cybernetic heroine look at tailors' dummies)

In short: This is a must see for anybody who likes anime. Definitely a movie for grown-ups, though, because the graphic violence may disturb kids and the philosophy will go right over their heads.

10/10

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