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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence -- In the year 2032, Bat�, 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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Sore wa inotchi innosensu ('Innocence is Life') See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Akio Ôtsuka ... Batô (voice)
Atsuko Tanaka ... Major Motoko Kusanagi (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Togusa (voice)
Tamio Ôki ... Section 9 Department Chief Aramaki (voice)
Yutaka Nakano ... Ishikawa (voice)

Naoto Takenaka ... Kim (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gou Aoba ... (voice) (as Go Aoba)
Eisuke Asakura ... (voice)

Robert Axelrod ... Koga / Lin (voice: English version)

Laura Bailey ... Rescued Girl (Animaze Dub) (voice: English version)

Richard Cansino ... Detective / Security 1 / Wakabayashi / Yakuza 1 (voice: English version)
Joey D'Auria ... Kim (voice: English version)

Erik Davies ... Azuma (voice: English version)

Loy Edge ... Forensics Chief (Animaze Dub) (voice: English version)

Stoney Emshwiller ... Guard / Terrorist (voice)

Richard Epcar ... Batou (voice: English version)

Sandy Fox ... Togusa's Daughter (voice: English version)

Crispin Freeman ... Togusa (voice: English version)
Yuzuru Fujimoto ... (voice)
Emiko Fuku ... (voice)

Barbara Goodson ... Coroner Haraway (Animaze Dub) (voice: English version)
Masao Harada ... (voice)

Kyle Hebert ... Detective (Animaze Dub) (voice: English version)
Minoru Hirano ... (voice)
Hiroaki Hirata ... Koga (voice)
Katsunosuke Hori ... (voice)
Sukekiyo Kameyama ... (voice)
Eriko Kigawa ... (voice)
Hiroyuki Kinosha ... (voice) (as Hiroyuki Kinoshita)
Shuji Kishida ... (voice)
William Knight ... Aramaki (voice: English version) (as William Frederick Knight)
Steve Kramer ... Detective / Security 4 / Security 5 (voice: English version)

Sherry Lynn ... Gynoid / Rescued Girl (voice: English version)

Michael McCarty ... Ishikawa (voice: English version)

Michael McConnohie ... Forensics Man / Forensics Staff / Section 9 Member / Security 3 (voice: English version)
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn ... Motoko Kusanagi (voice: English version)
Kenichi Mochizuki ... (voice)
Sumi Mutoh ... On'na no ko (voice)
Ryûji Nakagi ... (voice)
Yasushi Niko ... (voice)
Bob Papenbrook ... Crab Man / Cyborg Dr. / Underwater Cyborg / Yakuza 2 (voice: English version)
Joe Romersa ... Crab Man / Undersea Cyborg Escort (Animaze Dub) (voice: English version)
Yoshiko Sakakibara ... Haraway (voice)

Fred Sanders ... Koga (Animaze Dub) (voice: English version)
Kevin Seymour ... Yakuza 4 (voice: English version) (as Mr. X)

Stephanie Sheh ... Dispatcher / Girl (voice: English version)

Roger Craig Smith ... Sect. 9 Briefing Voice / Yamadori Transport Pilot (Animaze Dub) (voice: English version)

John Snyder ... Cyborg Arm Doctor (Animaze Dub) (voice: English version)

Ellyn Stern ... Haraway (voice: English version)
Doug Stone ... Lin (Animaze Dub) (voice: English version)

Terrence Stone ... Forensics Chief / Pilot / Security 2 / Shop Owner / Yakuza 3 (voice: English version)
Yu Sugimoto ... (voice)
Fumihiko Tachiki ... (voice)
Masaki Terasoma ... Azuma (voice)
David Vincent ... Detective / 909 Dispatcher / Yakuza 1 (Animaze Dub) (voice: English version) (as David Earnest)
Akino Watanabe ... (voice)

Travis Willingham ... Kim (Animaze Dub) (voice)
Makoto Yasumura ... (voice)

Directed by
Mamoru Oshii 
Writing credits
Masamune Shirow (comic "Koukaku-Kidoutai")

Mamoru Oshii (screenplay)

Richard Epcar  english version

Produced by
Mitsuhisa Ishikawa .... producer
Ryuji Mitsumoto .... line producer
Toshio Suzuki .... producer
Maki Terashima-Furuta .... associate producer
Original Music by
Kenji Kawai 
Cinematography by
Miki Sakuma 
Film Editing by
Sachiko Miki 
Chihiro Nakano 
Junichi Uematsu 
Production Design by
Yohei Taneda 
Art Direction by
Shûichi Hirata  (as Shuichi Hirata)
Art Department
Sean Hargreaves .... concept artist
Shûichi Hirata .... art designer (as Shuichi Hirata)
Shinsuke Kojima .... assistant production designer
Rio Kono .... assistant art director
Takashi Watabe .... art designer
Sound Department
Phil Brewster .... sound re-recording mixer
Travis Crenshaw .... foley recordist
Aren Downie .... assistant sound editor
Will Files .... assistant sound designer
Scott Guitteau .... sound effects editor
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Shuji Inoue .... mixing supervisor
Brian Magerkurth .... sound re-recordist (as Brian D. Magerkurth)
Frank 'Pepe' Merel .... foley mixer
Tom Myers .... co-sound designer
Noboru Nishio .... digital optical recordist
Jonathan Null .... foley editor
Juan Peralta .... sound mix technician
Michael Semanick .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Slanec .... assistant sound editor
Randy Thom .... sound designer
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
Jana Vance .... foley artist
Kazuhiro Wakabayashi .... recording supervisor
Special Effects by
Hiroyuki Hayashi .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Hisashi Ezura .... visual effects supervisor
Masahiko Hirano .... visual effects (3DCGI: IKIF+)
Animation Department
Kazunori Akiyama .... inbetween animator: Production I.G
Masashi Ando .... key animator
Katsushi Aoki .... background artist
Koichi Arai .... key animator
Yukio Araie .... inbetween animator: Production I.G
Kyoji Asano .... key animator (as Kyouzi Asano in English credits)
Eri Baba .... inbetween animator: Production I.G
Kaori Fujii .... inbetween animator: Studio Ghibli
Akihito Fujimori .... background artist
Shigeru Fujita .... key animator
Kazuyo Hasegawa .... inbetween animator: Production I.G
Shinji Hashimoto .... key animator
Takayuki Hida .... inbetween animator: Production I.G
Tadashi Hiramatsu .... key animator
Shunsuke Hirota .... inbetween animator: Studio Ghibli
Takeshi Honda .... key animator
Hiroyuki Horiuchi .... key animator
Yumi Hunamoto .... inbetween animator: Studio Cockpit (as Yumi Funamoto in English credits)
Chieko Ichimanda .... assistant inbetween animation checker
Junko Ina .... background artist
Ei Inoue .... key animator
Toshiyuki Inoue .... key animator
Yukimi Isozaki .... inbetween animator: Wonbat
Hidetsugu Ito .... key animator
Nobutaka Ito .... key animator
Yoshiyuki Itô .... key animator
Soung Jee-Hee .... inbetween animator: DR Movie
Masatoshi Kai .... background artist
Tsutomu Kaichi .... inbetween animator: Studio Ghibli (as Tsutomu Kaiuchi in English credits)
Kanta Kamei .... key animator
Keiko Katô .... inbetween animator: Production I.G (as Keiko Kato)
Toshio Kawaguchi .... key animator
Katsuya Kikuchi .... inbetween animator: Production I.G
Jung-hee Kim .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Kim Jung-Hee in English credits)
Mika Kinoshita .... inbetween animator: Production I.G
Kazuchika Kise .... key animator
Kazuchika Kise .... supervising animator
Atataka Komatsu .... inbetween animator: Anime R
Daizen Komatsuda .... key animator
Ken'ichi Konishi .... key animator
Masahiro Kubota .... background artist
Yasutaka Kubota .... key animator
Kazuhiro Kudou .... assistant inbetween animation checker
Satoshi Kuroda .... background artist
Yumi Kuroiwa .... inbetween animator: Production I.G
Justin Leach .... technical animator
Dong-Kyu Lee .... inbetween animator: DR Movie
Jeong-eun Lee .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Lee Jeong-Eun in English credits)
Asuka Manabe .... inbetween animator: Anime R
Masahiro Matsushita .... inbetween animator: Production I.G
Yoshio Mizumura .... car designer
Yoshio Mizumura .... key animator
Hiroyuki Morita .... key animator
Satsuki Muramatsu .... inbetween animator: Studio Cockpit
Akiko Nagashima .... key animator (as Meiko Nagashima in English credits)
Yumi Nakagawa .... inbetween animator: Production I.G
Yosuke Nakajima .... inbetween animator: Anime R
Yuki Nakajima .... key animator
Goki Nakamura .... background artist (as Hideki Nakamura in English credits)
Mitsunobu Nakamura .... key animator (as Mitsunori Nakamura in English credits)
Shouko Nakamura .... key animator (as Shohoko Nakamura in English credits)
Yasuhiro Nakura .... key animator
Masato Nishikawa .... inbetween animator: Anime R
Junko Nishimura .... inbetween animation checker
Tetsuya Nishio .... key animator
Tetsuya Nishio .... sub character designer
Tetsuya Nishio .... supervising animator
Tetsuya Nishio .... weaponry designer
Maiko Nogami .... assistant inbetween animation checker
Minori Noguchi .... inbetween animator: Studio Ghibli
Hiromasa Ogura .... background artist
Kenji Ogura .... 3D background artist
Tôru Ohkubo .... key animator (as Toru Ohkubo in English credits)
Hiroyuki Okiura .... character designer
Hiroyuki Okiura .... key animator
Hiroyuki Okiura .... supervising animator
Sachiko Okumura .... inbetween animator: Production I.G
Daiki Ono .... inbetween animator: Production I.G
Mitsunao Onogi .... inbetween animator: Wonbat
Fuminori Sahara .... inbetween animator: Production I.G
Kotoe Saitou .... inbetween animator: Production I.G
Reiko Sakai .... assistant inbetween animation checker
Chikako Sasagawa .... inbetween animator: Studio Ghibli
Kenji Satou .... 3D background artist
Hitomi Satô .... inbetween animator: Production I.G
Naruhito Sekikawa .... inbetween animator: Production I.G (as Narihito Sekikawa in English credits)
Keiko Shimizu .... key animator
Manabu Shimizu .... inbetween animator: Wonbat
Naoyoshi Shiotani .... inbetween animator: Production I.G
Tomoko Sugeta .... inbetween animator: Production I.G
Yoko Sugita .... inbetween animator: Wonbat
Yûko Sugiyama .... background artist
Mariko Suzuki .... inbetween animator: Studio Ghibli
Masaharu Tada .... key animator (as Masagi Tada in English credits)
Mizuka Takahashi .... inbetween animator: Production I.G
Yohei Takamatsu .... background artist
Atsushi Takeuchi .... key animator
Atsushi Takeuchi .... layout artist
Atsushi Takeuchi .... mechanical designer
Shiho Takeuchi .... key animator
Junichi Taniguchi .... background artist
Rieko Tsuji .... inbetween animator: Production I.G
Chinatsu Ueno .... inbetween animator: Studio Cockpit
Tomoko Utsumi .... inbetween animator: Production I.G
Satoru Utsunomiya .... key animator
Takashi Watabe .... layout artist
Yukie Watanabe .... inbetween animator: Studio Cockpit
Theresia Whinkler .... key animator
Toshiyuki Yahagi .... key animator
Akira Yamagawa .... background artist (as Akira Yamakawa in English credits)
Mariko Yamamoto .... inbetween animator: Production I.G
Masahito Yamashita .... key animator
Shin'ichi Yokota .... inbetween animator: Production I.G
Kazue Yoshida .... assistant inbetween animation checker
Shin'ya Ôhira .... key animator
Other crew
Richard Epcar .... voice director
Taku Komaya .... production researcher

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Innocence" - Japan (original title)
"Innocence: Ghost in the Shell" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and brief language
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

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 »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): During the forensics examination, one of the computer screens misspells "research" as "RESAERCH".See more »
[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.See more »
Movie Connections:
References First Blood (1982)See more »
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73 out of 85 people found the following review useful.
For those who rather see the characters waxing philosophical for an hour...., 20 September 2004
Author: Newski_the_Hippie from Chicago

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. I went to this movie worried that it would end up like just about every Peter Framptom Album after Frampton Comes Alive; they were all pitiful albums only because Frampton comes alive did not leave much room for improvement. The original Ghost in The Shell is a classic. It was a good action film that had some deep undertones. Well made to say the least, full of memorable characters.

Ghost in the Shell 2 was so different that there could be no comparison. As opposed to an Action film with deep undercurrents, this is a philosophical film that occasionally had some action sequences. The basic plot is very simple: Android created for pleasure killing their owners. Cyborg cops trying to get to the bottom of these strange crimes. The cops, section nine operatives Batou and Togusa spend more time quoting everything from Bazooka Joe to Milton as long as it serves a purpose. This is not Ghost in the Shell. This is a Mamorou Oshii original, with his own ideas and philosophies not being bound by the original manga.

I venture to say that I actually prefer Innocence to the first one, because it struck chords in me the first one did not. Somebody who has a different outlook on everything, however, would disagree. If you have seen the first one, remember how there is more or less a quest for humanity? THis one takes an opposite spin on things. As well as takes a look at how humans feel this need to immortalize their own image.

The animation was enough to prove that traditional and computer animation could work together and create a beautiful picture. However, the underwater and in air scenes seemed to rely too heavily on the computers, which then completely made up the world. The world itself was not the world I remember from Ghost in the Shell. THis was a whole new futuristic world as opposed to a slightly more advanced modern setting. This film also focused a lot on the relationship between Batou and the now 'missing' Kusanagi.

This film seemed to be lost on many. There are many scenes of complete silence, which are intended as 'breathing time' and and other points really to build tension. The film also slows down at a few points so that the audience can absorb the scenery, and gives extra time for the audience to catch the symbolism. The film ended with so many angry groans. It would seen that the film was lost upon those who wanted to see a sequel to Ghost in the Shell with the same themes and ideas. The only similarity to the first film would be that most of the story is superficial, and what the film is really about is the deeper meanings.

This was an excellent film, and though it can be seen as superior, it will never be as well known and recognized as the first film. Though this is not just a sequel: This is a whole new Ghost in the Shell altogether.

**** out of ****

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