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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 music-box tune in Kim's mansion was actually recorded in a large outdoor space, because the sound engineer wasn't sure if he could alter the music electronically to have an authentic feel in 5.1-channel surround sound. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Bateau: Still with me, pal?
Togusa: [with his head between his hands, looking to the floor] All I could see... were my wife and daughter's faces.
Bateau: That wasn't your wife or daughter. It was Death.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

River of Crystals
Lyrics by Miu Sakamoto
Music by Kenji Kawai
Arranged by Kenji Kawai
Sung by Kimiko Itô
Courtesy of VideoArts Music
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Visually Stunning, Brain Recommended But Not Required
26 September 2004 | by QuicksandSee all my reviews

On the same page, this movie is called both "Intellectually Weak," and "In love with its own intelligence" by different IMDb users. Clearly, that alone makes this film worth your time and worth forming your own opinion about.

The thing is, this is not a stupid film by any means. 'Visually stunning,' it is constantly called, but it's not just that: It's an assault on the senses (in a good way), both visually and aurally. The sound is incredible, the images stick with you. Even a simple, seemingly underthought image like the final two shots of the movie will stick with you long after the closing credits roll.

But how is the story? I haven't seen the original in years, but this one held my attention, and kept my brain engaged. I remember not liking the first one when I first saw it (too many scenes of nothing moving, while we listened to voice-over), but I give this one an enthusiastic thumbs up, plus a wink and a smile. It FEELS like the middle chapter in a story... there is too much left unresolved, and while seeing the first one isn't necessary to understanding this one, there ARE many references the original "Ghost in the Shell." It's not so much a continuation of the story, as it is a continuation of the characters. Which I think is the better call.

Constant quotes from literature is not a sign of intellectual weakness, I don't think. People accuse the movie of not having a brain of its own, but I think any movie that engages the brain of its audience needn't make apologies. This one remains interesting on all levels; I just hope it doesn't take them another nine years to produce part three.

10/10


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