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

PG-13  |   |  Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  24 September 2004 (USA)
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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)
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Kim (voice)
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Gou Aoba ...
(voice) (as Go Aoba)
Eisuke Asakura ...
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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)
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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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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  »

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 »

Goofs

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 Max Headroom (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

River of Crystals
Lyrics by Miu Sakamoto
Music by Kenji Kawai
Arranged by Kenji Kawai
Sung by Kimiko Ito
Courtesy of VideoArts Music
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A visually stunning journey through ethics and philosophy of artificial intelligence.
9 December 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The first thing that must be said about this film, is that the visuals and imagery are breathtaking. Yet it does not rely solely on our awe. The plot, although very complicated and often convoluted, is rich and laden with allegories, philosophy, analysis and even theology. At first glance, the characters appear to be static and somewhat stoic, but when one thinks about it, the characters are that way to represent the similarities we share with "dolls." Does an effigy infused with meaning and symbol constitute as a being on it's own accord? Or are we simply defined by the mere fact that we are alive? The film is laden with imagery suggesting the war/hybridization of: nature vs. machines/synthetic life, how machines mimic nature, how tradition becomes assimilated by it, and how reality may or may not be a virtual construct based on our own perspective. This is an intellectual, symbolic film that not only gives eye-candy galore, but also delivers more cerebral fare than most films. Although the characters are ultimately forgettable (save the expressive dog owned by Bateau,) one can perceive that too as being a tool to suggest that ultimately, we are all drones living our predictable lives...perhaps unaware of more intricate powers and forces surrounding us. Whether you watch this film for the state-of-the-art visuals or the perceivably potent content, I recommend this film enthusiastically for anyone who would like to think...or just say "ah" at the incredible scenery.


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