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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (I) (2004)
"Innocence" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  6 March 2004 (Japan)
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In the year 2032, Batô, a cyborg detective for the anti-terrorist unit Public Security Section 9, investigates the case of a female robot--one created solely for sexual pleasure--who slaughtered her owner.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Akio Ôtsuka ...
Batô (voice)
Atsuko Tanaka ...
Kôichi Yamadera ...
Togusa (voice)
Tamio Ôki ...
Yutaka Nakano ...
Ishikawa (voice)
...
Kim (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gou Aoba ...
(voice) (as Go Aoba)
Eisuke Asakura ...
(voice)
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Koga / Lin (voice)
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Rescued Girl (Animaze Dub) (voice)
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Detective / Security 1 / Wakabayashi / Yakuza 1 (voice)
Joey D'Auria ...
Kim (voice)
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Azuma (voice)
...
Forensics Chief (Animaze Dub) (voice)
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Guard / Terrorist (voice)
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Storyline

Batô is a living cyborg. His whole body, even his arms and legs, are entirely man-made. What only remains are traces of his brain and the memories of a woman. In an era when the boundary between humans and machines has become infinitely vague, Humans have forgotten that they are humans. This is the debauchery of the lonesome ghost of a man, who nevertheless seeks to retain humanity. Innocence... Is what life is. Written by Anonymous

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Sore wa inotchi innosensu ('Innocence is Life') See more »


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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$317,722 (USA) (17 September 2004)

Gross:

$924,482 (USA) (29 October 2004)
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This is the first ever anime film to be nominated for the Palme d'Or in the Cannes International Film Festival in 2004. It is the 6th animated film to enter the competition at Cannes. See more »

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During the forensics examination, one of the computer screens misspells "research" as "RESAERCH". See more »

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[first title cards]: In a future time when most human thought has been accelerated by artificial intelligence and external memory can be shared on a universal matrix, Batou, an agent of the elite Section 9 Security Force and a being so artificially modified as to be essentially cyborg, is assigned, along with his mostly human partner, Togusa, to investigate a series of gruesome murders.
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Follow Me
(Theme Song)
Music by Joaquín Rodrigo (as J. Rodrigo)
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer (as H. Kretzmer) / Hal Shaper (as H. Shaper)
Ediciones Joaquin Rodrigo, Madrid
Arranged by Kenji Kawai
Sung by Kimiko Ito
Courtesy of VideoArts Music
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Strong sequel that stands on its own
2 January 2005 | by (rochester ny usa) – See all my reviews

I agree with an earlier reviewer that both hardcore Oshii fans and narrow-minded American viewers are missing the point by not viewing this movie on its own terms. In many ways, it's more thoroughly conceived, and less action-justified (more thoughtful) than Ghost in the Shell. For me, it progressed naturally from its predecessor: Where Ghost in the Shell asks questions about the nature of human individuality, Innocence asks the next set of questions, about human existence. And it asks them in ways so much more directly pertinent to our own lives than utterly fantastic treatments like the Matrix films and silly diversions like The Butterfly Effect.

The ideas of the story are genuinely original, and thoroughly conceived. I don't think I've ever seen a science fiction film that was as true to the real spirit of the genre as this pair; Japan in general seems to take science fiction much more seriously than any western film-culture, and so out of Japan we get real, serious attempts to tell science-fictional stories, filled with real ideas and real characters, instead of the Bat-Durstonized monstrosities we get in the west.

For me, the integration of 2D and 3D elements was jarring; but the story stands on its ideas and the strength of its plot.


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