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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.

Director:

Mamoru Oshii

Writers:

Shirow Masamune (based on the manga by) (as Masamune Shirow), Kazunori Itô (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Atsuko Tanaka ... Kusanagi Motoko (voice)
Akio Ôtsuka ... Batô (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Togusa (voice)
Yutaka Nakano Yutaka Nakano ... Ishikawa (voice)
Tamio Ôki Tamio Ôki ... Aramaki (voice)
Tesshô Genda ... Nakamura buchô (voice)
Namaki Masakazu Namaki Masakazu ... Urisu hakase (voice)
Masato Yamanouchi Masato Yamanouchi ... Gaimu daijin (voice)
Shinji Ogawa Shinji Ogawa ... Gaikôkan (voice)
Mitsuru Miyamoto Mitsuru Miyamoto ... Daida Mizuho (voice)
Kazuhiro Yamaji Kazuhiro Yamaji ... Seisô kyokuin (voice)
Shigeru Chiba ... Seisô kyokuin (voice)
Hiroshi Yanaka Hiroshi Yanaka ... Kenshi-kan (voice)
Ginzô Matsuo Ginzô Matsuo ... Ossan (voice)
Takashi Matsuyama Takashi Matsuyama ... Jikkô-han (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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Trivia

In the original manga, Motoko was more youthful in her appearance and would sometimes make exaggerated facial expressions for humor. See more »

Goofs

As Nakamura and Dr. Willis exit an elevator and walk toward the camera, Willis's tie changes from the color of his shirt to the proper green color. See more »

Quotes

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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 original Japanese version has the song "Reincarnation" played over the ending credits. This song was replaced with "One Minute Warning" by Passengers (a collaboration between U2 and Brian Eno) for the English version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Metropolis (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Open theme song
The lyrics is ancient Japanese wedding prayer and music is Bulgarian style arranged in traditional Japanese notes.
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Excellent.
25 October 2001 | by Quag7See all my reviews

I liked everything about this film. Much has been made of the artwork, and with good reason. Voltron, this isn't. I am not an anime fan and haven't seen a lot of anime films. Most plot descriptions of anime films sound boring to me. I'm not into monsters and tentacles or cute wide eyed little girls fighting evil. (Not that cute wide eyed little girls shouldn't fight evil, I mean, I'm all about fighting evil, aren't we all?) Ghost in the Shell, on the other hand, represents the best of its genre and the best of any genre is worth a watch. This movie ought to appeal to anyone who enjoys cerebral films. It addresses interesting philosophical questions about identity, some of which we will no doubt be pondering in the not too distant future. (I'm perhaps foolishly optimistic when it comes to AI).

I should add as well that this is definitively in the cyberpunk genre. If you liked the old Max Headroom television series or movies like Wargames, this will no doubt appeal to you. Even the English dubbing isn't bad, even if it is a little bit fast (to keep up with Japanese).

Darken the room, sink low in your chair, turn the volume up (the soundtrack is spectacular), and fall into this movie. I wish there were more like it. The artwork is incredible (if you don't consider animation art, you should take a look at Ghost) and the plot and dialogue are three dimensional and thought provoking. Two thumbs up. As I say, best of genre.


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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

29 March 1996 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY600,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,736, 4 February 1996

Gross USA:

$515,905

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$515,905
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Dolby Stereo (Original Japanese)| Dolby Digital (5.1 surround) (English Dub)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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