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Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Kôkaku Kidôtai (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Crime | 29 March 1996 (USA)
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A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

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(based on the manga by) (as Masamune Shirow), (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Motoko Kusanagi (voice)
... Batou (voice)
... Togusa (voice)
Yutaka Nakano ... Ishikawa (voice)
Tamio Ohki ... Aramaki (voice)
... Director Nakamura (voice)
Namaki Masakazu ... Dr. Willis (voice)
Masato Yamanouchi ... Minister of Foreign Affairs (voice)
Shinji Ogawa ... Diplomat (voice)
Mitsuru Miyamoto ... Mizuho Daita (voice)
Kazuhiro Yamaji ... Garbage Collector A (voice)
... Garbage Collector B (voice)
Hiroshi Yanaka ... Coroner (voice)
Ginzô Matsuo ... Old Man (voice)
Takashi Matsuyama ... Terrorist (voice)
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Storyline

It is the year 2029. Technology has advanced so far that cyborgs are commonplace. In addition, human brains can connect to the internet directly. Major Motoko Kasunagi is an officer in Section 9, an elite, secretive police division that deals with special operations, including counter terrorism and cyber crime. She is currently on the trail of the Puppet Master, a cyber criminal who hacks into the brains of cyborgs in order to obtain information and to commit other crimes. Written by grantss

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Who are you? Who slips into my robot body and whispers to my ghost? See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 March 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Armored Riot Police  »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY 600,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£7,493 (United Kingdom), 14 December 1995, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,736, 4 February 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$515,905

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$583,393, 21 December 1995
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(Original Japanese)| (5.1 surround) (English Dub)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The animator decided character of Major Motoko Kusanagi is feminine but not female. See more »

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The car underneath the spider tank changes in size relative to the tank between shots. See more »

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[first lines]
Title Card: In the near future: Corporate networks reach out to the stars, electrons and light flow throughout the universe. - The advance of computerisation, however, has not yet wiped out nations and ethnic groups.
Dispatcher: [on radio] To all units: Code 2-0-8 in district C-13, Newport City. Air space is closed. I repeat...
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An Animation Masterpiece
11 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is an incredible work in the science fiction category, but an absolute masterpiece in terms of animated film.

Deep thematic probing and philosophical questions dot the story. Characters that are cyborg-humans question their existence... this is a true potential problem for the far future. Is something created outside of a womb without a soul? Do souls even exist? Set all this against some incredible action sequences, plenty of eye candy, and a very dark, acrid backdrop of the future of civilization. This is a summer blockbuster and more. It's ashame that most people are too close-minded to consider a film like this.

Bad guys and good guys? No clue. I had to watch the film 3 times to

-Understand the plot fully -Understand the motivations of the characters -Realize the depth of the film -And still I'm left with questions

If you open your mind, Ghost in the Shell settle itself within you... it will linger far after your first viewing. You will realize that a movie can have action, incredible effects, and STILL be deep.

Drama, mystique, philosophy, intrigue, "going out on a limb" quality, action, adventure, deep characters who don't fall into bad or good categories, beautiful imagery, mind-boggling plot... even some comedy! I just can't get over the fact that I have never before seen a more perfect mix of the elements which make a masterpiece. EVER.

10/10.


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