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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)

Innocence (original title)
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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.

Director:

Mamoru Oshii

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Shirow Masamune (comic "Koukaku-Kidoutai") (as Masamune Shirow), Mamoru Oshii (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Akio Ôtsuka ... Batou (voice)
Atsuko Tanaka ... Major Motoko Kusanagi (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Togusa (voice)
Tamio Ohki Tamio Ohki ... Section 9 Department Chief Aramaki (voice)
Yutaka Nakano Yutaka Nakano ... Ishikawa (voice)
Naoto Takenaka ... Kim (voice)
Gou Aoba Gou Aoba ... (voice) (as Go Aoba)
Eisuke Asakura Eisuke Asakura ... (voice)
Yuzuru Fujimoto Yuzuru Fujimoto ... (voice)
Emiko Fuku Emiko Fuku ... (voice)
Masao Harada Masao Harada ... (voice)
Minoru Hirano Minoru Hirano ... (voice)
Hiroaki Hirata ... Koga (voice)
Katsunosuke Hori Katsunosuke Hori ... (voice)
Sukekiyo Kameyama Sukekiyo Kameyama ... (voice)
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Storyline

Batô is a living cyborg. His whole body, even his arms and legs, are entirely man-made. What only remains are traces of his brain and the memories of a woman. In an era when the boundary between humans and machines has become infinitely vague, Humans have forgotten that they are humans. This is the debauchery of the lonesome ghost of a man, who nevertheless seeks to retain humanity. Innocence... Is what life is. Written by Anonymous

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When machines learn to feel, who decides what is human... See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and brief language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Cantonese | English

Release Date:

24 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY 2,000,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$317,722, 19 September 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,043,896
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Sound Mix:

DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The opening sequence shows two cybernetic bodies angled so as to show two pairs of legs joined at the hip. This is a reference to the doll sculptures created by the German surrealist Hans Bellmer in the 1930's, and at one point in the film a book by Bellmer can be seen. See more »

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Bateau: When dialog fails, it's time for violence
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River of Crystals
Lyrics by Miu Sakamoto
Music by Kenji Kawai
Arranged by Kenji Kawai
Sung by Kimiko Itô
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Strong sequel that stands on its own
2 January 2005 | by escolesSee 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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