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Ghost in the Shell (1995) More at IMDbPro »Kôkaku Kidôtai (original title)

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Ghost in the Shell -- Now featured in stunning high-definition, this edition celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the original manga. It is 2029 and a female cyborg hunts a hacker who robs human of their memories.
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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Kazunori Itô (screenplay)
Masamune Shirow (comic)
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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 & 7 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Atsuko Tanaka ... Motoko Kusanagi (voice)
Akio Ôtsuka ... Batou (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Togusa (voice)
Yutaka Nakano ... Ishikawa (voice)
Tamio Ôki ... Aramaki (voice)
Tesshô Genda ... Director Nakamura (voice)
Namaki Masakazu ... Dr.Willis (voice)
Masato Yamanouchi ... Minister of Foreign Affairs (voice)
Shinji Ogawa ... Diplomat (voice)
Mitsuru Miyamoto ... Mizuho Daita (voice)
Kazuhiro Yamaji ... Garbage Collector A (voice)
Shigeru Chiba ... Garbage Collector B (voice)
Hiroshi Yanaka ... Coroner (voice)
Ginzô Matsuo ... Old Man (voice)
Takashi Matsuyama ... Terrorist (voice)
Sanryô Odaka ... Technician (voice)
Masamichi Satô ... Driver (voice)
Atsuko Hayashida ... Operator (voice)
Yûji Ueda ... Voice Communication (voice)
Toshiki Kameyama ... Sniper (voice)
Atsushi Goto ... Commander (voice)
Maaya Sakamoto ... Kusanagi Girl (voice)
Iemasa Kayumi ... Puppet Master (voice)

Richard Epcar ... Batou (voice: English version) (as Richard George)
Mimi Woods ... Major Motoko Kusanagi (voice: English version)
William Knight ... Section 9 Department Chief Aramaki (voice: English version) (as William Frederick)
Tom Wyner ... Puppet Master (voice: English version) (as Abe Lasser)
Christopher Joyce ... Togusa (voice: English version)
Michael Sorich ... Ishikawa (voice: English version) (as Mike Sorich)
Simon Prescott ... Section 6 Department Chief Nakamura (voice: English version) (as Ben Isaacson)

Skip Stellrecht ... Minister (voice: English version) (as Hank Smith)

Richard Cansino ... Mizuho Daita / Sniper Team (voice: English version) (as Steve Davis)
Phil Williams ... Dr. Willis (voice: English version)

Peter Spellos ... Bad Guy in Getaway Car (voice: English version) (as David Conrad)
George Celik ... Old Man (voice: English version)
Kevin Seymour ... Garbage Collector A (voice: English version) (as Tom Carlton)
Doug Stone ... Garbage Collector B (voice: English version)
Steve Bulen ... Section 9 Staff Cyberneticist / Coroner (voice: English version)
Joe Romersa ... Crass Truck Driver (voice: English version) (as Joe Michaels)

Steve Blum ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Roger Canfield)
Lia Sargent ... Security Voice (voice: English version)
Toni Burke ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Sam Sheffer ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Dorothy Elias-Fahn ... Operator (voice: English version as Dorothy Gabriel)
Joan Mason ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Ben Parks ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Donald Salin ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Amy Wong ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Amy Wong)
Leo Gray ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Debra Rogers ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as S.J. Charvin)
Scott Prensor ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Meg Hamilton ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Stephen Apostolina ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Stephen Platt)
Gilbert Navarro ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Milton James ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Murray Williams)
Gina Connell ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Gloria Oldman ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stephen Davis ... Diplomat (voice: English version)

John Snyder ... Tsuan Gen Fang / Sniper Target Leader (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Kirk Thornton ... Helicopter Pilot (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Mamoru Oshii 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kazunori Itô  screenplay
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 .... executive 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
Hirotsugu 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
Kazuchika Kise .... layout artist
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
Tensai Okamura .... animator
Hiroyuki Okiura .... animator
Hiroyuki Okiura .... character designer
Hiroyuki Okiura .... key animation supervisor
Hiroyuki Okiura .... layout artist
Tetsuhito Saitô .... animator
Mamoru Sasaki .... animator
Masahiro Satô .... inbetween artist: Production IG
Kanami Sekiguchi .... inbetween artist: Production IG
Mitsumi Shitani .... inbetween artist: Production IG
Yasumitsu Suetake .... layout artist
Itsuko Takeda .... inbetween artist: Production IG
Kyôko Taketani .... inbetween artist: Production IG
Atsushi Takeuchi .... animator
Atsushi Takeuchi .... layout artist
Atsushi Takeuchi .... mechanical designer
Yûichi Tanaka .... animator (as Yuichi Tanaka)
Manabu Tanzawa .... animator
Takashi Watabe .... background designer
Takashi Watabe .... layout artist
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
Yasuhiro Ôshima .... animator (as Yasuhiro Ohshima)
 
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)
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Runtime:
83 min
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Language:
Color:
Color | Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:AA (Ontario) (re-rating) | Canada:14+ (TV rating) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-15 (re-rating) | Finland:K-12 (video rating) | France:-12 | 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:TV-14 (LVS) (TV rating) | USA:TV-MA (TV rating) | USA:Not Rated (video rating)

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Trivia:
Director Trademark: [Mamoru Oshii] [Basset Hound]See more »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
Making of CyborgSee more »

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62 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
It found a voice... and a following, 5 August 2004
Author: dee.reid from United States

"Ghost in the Shell" is an intricate masterpiece of cyber-punk fiction and storytelling, successfully melding intriguing philosophical ideas with a coherent, well thought-out (albeit) confusing plot.

Even more, it's a nightmarish vision of a society that's dominated by cyberspace and looking back now, is eerily prescient of today's computerized times. Many of the characters in the film are enhanced, someway or another by machines, to help them get the advantage in a vastly changing society.

I'll avoid going real deep into the plot simply because there's a whole lot to grasp and even I got more than a little confused trying to follow it. The story is that a team of high-level government operatives are hot on the trail of a notorious computer hacker called the "Puppet Master," who is wanted for various crimes in cyberspace and has taken a particularly fond interest in the team's tough, female cyborg leader.

Not surprisingly, as with the stigmas surrounding Anime', "Ghost in the Shell" is not short of nudity and graphic violence. But it's far from being gratuitous, and does not slow down the movie at all.

"Ghost in the Shell" was one of the first Anime' films to skillfully blend traditional drawn animation with computerized imagery. This helps to give the film a surreal, yet beautiful look. And the dialogue helps sometimes too, with helping to sort out the confusing plot and many of its mythical ideas about personal identity and human evolution.

This film is also even more revered today, in 2004, since some of this film's core themes helped to develop the plot basis of the insanely popular "Matrix" films, and some scenes from "Ghost in the Shell" were even homaged to in the first "Matrix" movie. The Wachowski Brothers certainly do owe a lot to this movie for the success of their work in America.

I think that to understand "Ghost in the Shell," it would help to accept that Anime' is much more complex and daring than traditional American animation. Most Japanese animation films, like this one, "Akira," or Mayazaki's "Spirited Away," are on a level of sophistication that will never be matched in America.

It has been said that the majority of American audiences would be afraid of Anime' because of the many stereotypes surrounding it, but that's why it's boundless - it's been given free reign to use those stigmas to its advantage in developing truly remarkable pieces of art that have gone largely ignored here in the U.S. "Ghost in the Shell" could very well be a mere reflection or a parable of a doomed society that's probably already accepted its dark fate. Most American animation would never touch up on this sort of subject matter.

"Ghost in the Shell" is my #3 choice Anime' film (behind "Spirited Away" and "Akira") because it's so full of ideas and is masterful in telling a dark story about our times.

10/10

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