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Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Kôkaku Kidôtai (original title)
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A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

Director:

Mamoru Oshii

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Atsuko Tanaka ... Motoko Kusanagi (voice)
Akio Ôtsuka ... Batou (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Togusa (voice)
Yutaka Nakano Yutaka Nakano ... Ishikawa (voice)
Tamio Ohki Tamio Ohki ... Aramaki (voice)
Tesshô Genda ... Director Nakamura (voice)
Namaki Masakazu Namaki Masakazu ... Dr. Willis (voice)
Masato Yamanouchi Masato Yamanouchi ... Minister of Foreign Affairs (voice)
Shinji Ogawa Shinji Ogawa ... Diplomat (voice)
Mitsuru Miyamoto Mitsuru Miyamoto ... Mizuho Daita (voice)
Kazuhiro Yamaji Kazuhiro Yamaji ... Garbage Collector A (voice)
Shigeru Chiba ... Garbage Collector B (voice)
Hiroshi Yanaka Hiroshi Yanaka ... Coroner (voice)
Ginzô Matsuo Ginzô Matsuo ... Old Man (voice)
Takashi Matsuyama 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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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan | UK

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

29 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Armored Riot Police See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (Original Japanese)| Dolby Digital (5.1 surround) (English Dub)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mamoru Oshii: [gun] The usage of guns and Togusa preferring to use a revolver over a semi-automatic pistol. See more »

Goofs

In some shots, Batou appears to be wearing gloves with holes for the knuckles. In other shots, there appear to be no holes. See more »

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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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Alternate Versions

The movie was released in Germany on VHS by Manga Video. The version was uncut, though it was rated 16. There was a second release by Ascot, the movie, the package design and everything was exactly the same, except that this version was rated 18, but the disclaimer at the beginning still showed the 16 rating. Further more Ascot replaced the Manga Entertainment logo at the beginning of the movie and the credits scroll down to their full length where Manga cut them a bit. It seams like the Ascot-Video was intended for rental-use only. See more »

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Followed by Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie (2015) See more »

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The lyrics is ancient Japanese wedding prayer and music is Bulgarian style arranged in traditional Japanese notes.
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Unbelievable
23 January 2005 | by antialias11See all my reviews

That anime could be this good. I'd thought I'd seen good anime when a friend brought me 'Akira', but this one is just awesome.

It has everything that one could want. An interesting plot, deep thoughts, nice dialog, hot chicks, cool action, neat tech, and animation that puts everything to shame which has ever been produced in the western world.

Now when I watch anime I usually expect (and dread) the scene which will explain something about the fundamental nature of life, the universe, or whatever. This is (the only part) where 'Akira' failed. This is where 'Final Fantasy' went down the drain. But 'Ghost in the Shell' shines here brightly.

While watching it for the first time I had always this nagging feeling that some such scene would turn up and ruin the truly stunning visuals. Not so. After the '2501' monologue the story really comes together and you start to be eager for story development instead of just looking for the many details and extravagant action sequences.

A word on the story: No, you will probably not 'get' the story the first time around. Especially in the English version you will have to make the connection between MoFA, MF, MFA and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that is easy to get confused over. The whole storyline might not be quite as complicated as understanding some 'Aeon Fluxx' episodes, but you have to rewatch the story to get a feel for the interconnection of the different players - especially if you are not familiar with the Ghost in the Shell literature. The story,thank god, is not dumbed down for the average viewer. This is what makes rewatching it so enjoyable. It has also some nice reflections on what it means to be human - things you may ask of yourself after the movie finishes ('Who knows what's inside our heads. Have you ever seen your own brain?').

The animation is superb, and used to unusual effect. The details are exquisite - especially cloth effects and character motions. There are a few scenes that only have music or an accentuating sound effect in the background while the animators show off their full artistic talent. But it's not just show-off time, the visuals are tied in with the subject and leave the viewer time to reflect on the philosophical/sociological messages (like showing the cybernetic heroine look at tailors' dummies)

In short: This is a must see for anybody who likes anime. Definitely a movie for grown-ups, though, because the graphic violence may disturb kids and the philosophy will go right over their heads.

10/10


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