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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)

Innocence (original title)
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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Batou (voice)
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Togusa (voice)
Tamio Ôki ...
Yutaka Nakano ...
Ishikawa (voice)
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Kim (voice)
Gou Aoba ...
(voice) (as Go Aoba)
Eisuke Asakura ...
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Yuzuru Fujimoto ...
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Emiko Fuku ...
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Masao Harada ...
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Minoru Hirano ...
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Hiroaki Hirata ...
Koga (voice)
Katsunosuke Hori ...
(voice)
Sukekiyo Kameyama ...
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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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and brief language | See all certifications »

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24 September 2004 (USA)  »

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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence  »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY 2,000,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$317,722, 19 September 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,043,896
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Mamoru Oshii: [Basset Hound] Director and Writer 'Mamoru Oshî' put a basset hound in the picture because he is a fan of the breed and owns one himself. He makes a reference to his own basset hound, Gabriel, in the scene inside Batô's apartment where the dog figurine plays music. 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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References Blade Runner (1982) See more »

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River of Crystals
Lyrics by Miu Sakamoto
Music by Kenji Kawai
Arranged by Kenji Kawai
Sung by Kimiko Itô
Courtesy of VideoArts Music
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Visually Revolutionary, Even if the Plot is Murky
16 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

On the surface this is the story of an investigation of sex bots that kill, in reality this is an examination of what it means to be alive and to experience the world. Its a head trip.

I'm finding it hard to express what I feel about this film. Visually this film pushes animation and visual story telling to new places. I know that some of the look of this film can be found in video games but never has the current state of art on many levels been brought together to rattle, nay destroy, the cage of the status quo. Much of this film had my jaw hanging open, often with tears welling up at the beauty of the imagery. This film rocks and then some. The computer generated worlds of Immortel and Sky Captain are blown away by the magic worked here.

The plot is too murky. Frankly, I was lost half way into the movie as to what the plot was, however I was seriously getting off on the visuals and most of all the ideas that were being batted about. How do we know whats real and what isn't? This film makes it very clear that we can never know, nor can we know what it is to be alive. Certainly not all of it works but enough does, and all I can say is wow.

I have no idea how to adequately rate this film. I'm sure some people will find it form over substance and others will think little of the visuals. Me they rocked my world and I gave it a 9 out of 10, but I'll add that your mileage may vary.


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