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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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Atsuko Tanaka ...
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Togusa (voice)
Tamio Ôki ...
Yutaka Nakano ...
Ishikawa (voice)
Kim (voice)
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(voice) (as Go Aoba)
Eisuke Asakura ...
Koga / Lin (voice)
Rescued Girl (Animaze Dub) (voice)
Detective / Security 1 / Wakabayashi / Yakuza 1 (voice)
Joey D'Auria ...
Kim (voice)
Azuma (voice)
Forensics Chief (Animaze Dub) (voice)
Guard / Terrorist (voice)


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Release Date:

24 September 2004 (USA)  »

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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence  »

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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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