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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.

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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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Taglines:

Sore wa inotchi innosensu ('Innocence is Life') See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

Batou's access code for his car is 2501, the same number of the Puppet Master. In the first Ghost in the Shell movie, this is the recognition code agreed on between Motoko and Batou after her fusion with the Puppet Master and before she disappears. In Innocence, this is how Batou recognises that the infinite loop he and Togusa are experiencing in the Doll House is a trap - Motoko slips him clues in the hallway, one of which is '2501'. See more »

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During the forensics examination, one of the computer screens misspells "research" as "RESAERCH". See more »

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Togusa: How great is the sum of thy thoughts? If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand.
Bateau: Psalms 139, Old Testament. The way you spout these spontaneous exotic references, I'd say your own external memory's pretty twisted.
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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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An Okay Sequel To A Great Original
29 March 2017 | by stephenabellSee all my reviews

This sequel doesn't come anywhere near the original in either story, atmosphere, artwork, or provocativeness. From the onset, the viewer is slammed with a philosophical quandary, this is given by the cyber- coroner and feels so out of context that it appears forced. Whereas, in the original, it was subtly woven throughout the film and its context. You just don't get that here.

I don't know if this is Disney's influence at work... The first film was a little convoluted, though, with a little brain power you could figure it out. For "Innocence" they give it to the audience in black and white.

Then you have the appearance of digital artwork, fused and mixed with the more original. For most of the time, this works, though it does have less effect on building atmosphere, as does the setting and direction of the scene. The worst scenes containing digital art are the cars driving down the street. The street backgrounds are dark with a mat lustre, howbeit, the cars are ultra shiny bright metallic. The reflections flowing over the surface of the car doesn't tally with their surroundings. This draws the viewer out of the story to register the imperfection of the scene, this hurts the movie as you want your viewer to feel as though they are apart of the story and not a third party just watching.

The story was a nice follow-up, even though I don't think is was told all that well. Something is happening to the sex-bots! For some reason, they are malfunctioning and killing their owners and whoever's in the vicinity before committing suicide. Section Nine is called in as this could be an act of terrorism since robots cannot kill humans or themselves.

Under better hands, this could have been as great as the original film had they decided to entwine the philosophy, the mystery and thriller elements, and mood and ambiance into the story and artwork instead of segregating them and lessening the power of the piece.

Worth watching if you've seen the original but be warned it's not as good.


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